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Demetri Martin

Demetri Martin

Birthday: 25 May 1973, New York City, New York, USA
Height: 180 cm

Demetri Martin was born on May 25, 1973 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993), Demetri Martin. Person. (2007) and Important Thi ...Show more

Demetri Martin
I love Steven Wright. I love Steven Wright.
I like video games, but they are very violent. I want to create a video game in which you have to he Show more I like video games, but they are very violent. I want to create a video game in which you have to help all the characters who have died in the other games. 'Hey, man, what are you playing?' 'Super Busy Hospital. Could you leave me alone? I'm performing surgery! This guy got shot in the head, like, 27 times!' Hide
I like to use 'I Can't Believe it's Not Butter' on my toast in the morning, because sometimes when I Show more I like to use 'I Can't Believe it's Not Butter' on my toast in the morning, because sometimes when I eat breakfast, I like to be incredulous. How was breakfast? Unbelievable. Hide
I think that when you get dressed in the morning, sometimes you're really making a decision about yo Show more I think that when you get dressed in the morning, sometimes you're really making a decision about your behavior for the day. Like if you put on flipflops, you're saying: 'Hope I don't get chased today.' 'Be nice to people in sneakers.' Hide
And of course I didn't make any money from stand up for years, so I had temp jobs. That was the way Show more And of course I didn't make any money from stand up for years, so I had temp jobs. That was the way I made money. Hide
I love catching a snapshot of something that is just about to happen. Or maybe something that just h Show more I love catching a snapshot of something that is just about to happen. Or maybe something that just happened, you know. But I like especially that just-before kind of feeling. Hide
I saw a transvestite wearing a T-shirt that said 'Guess'. I saw a transvestite wearing a T-shirt that said 'Guess'.
I was student council president in high school, and even in law school, I was vice-president of the Show more I was student council president in high school, and even in law school, I was vice-president of the student bar association. Hide
Okay, so, when I was a kid, definitely the drawings and the illustration. Then I stopped in sixth gr Show more Okay, so, when I was a kid, definitely the drawings and the illustration. Then I stopped in sixth grade or so. And then I started again when I was in my twenties. I really didn't progress since then, so the way I draw is the way I drew in sixth grade. Hide
Saying, 'I'm sorry' is the same as saying, ' I apologize.' Except at a funeral. Saying, 'I'm sorry' is the same as saying, ' I apologize.' Except at a funeral.
But I found that disappointing people is a good thing, because disapproval is freedom. But I found that disappointing people is a good thing, because disapproval is freedom.
Specifically in stand-up, I love jokes. I love short, structured ideas and a punchline. Specifically in stand-up, I love jokes. I love short, structured ideas and a punchline.
If you can't tell a spoon from a ladle, then you're fat! If you can't tell a spoon from a ladle, then you're fat!
I keep a lighter in my back pocket all the time. I'm not a smoker, I just really like certain songs. I keep a lighter in my back pocket all the time. I'm not a smoker, I just really like certain songs.
My plumbing is all screwed up. Because it turns out, I do not own a garbage disposal. My plumbing is all screwed up. Because it turns out, I do not own a garbage disposal.
When I was a kid, I always wanted to live in California because I liked skateboarding. When I was a kid, I always wanted to live in California because I liked skateboarding.
Swimming is a confusing sport, because sometimes you do it for fun, and other times you do it to not Show more Swimming is a confusing sport, because sometimes you do it for fun, and other times you do it to not die. And when I'm swimming, sometimes I'm not sure which one it is. Hide
Stand-up is like a row boat: it's fun and romantic when you're choosing to do it. But if you have no Show more Stand-up is like a row boat: it's fun and romantic when you're choosing to do it. But if you have no other choice than to be in a row boat it's not as enjoyable; that's survival. Hide
I think it would be cool if you were writing a ransom note on your computer, if the paper clip poppe Show more I think it would be cool if you were writing a ransom note on your computer, if the paper clip popped up and said, 'Looks like you're writing a ransom note. Need help? You should use more forceful language, you'll get more money.' Hide
If I ever saw an amputee getting hanged, I'd probably just start calling out letters. If I ever saw an amputee getting hanged, I'd probably just start calling out letters.
I went to law school. I found it interesting for the first three weeks. I went to law school. I found it interesting for the first three weeks.
Whenever I'm on my computer, I don't type 'lol'. I type 'lqtm' - laugh quietly to myself. It's more Show more Whenever I'm on my computer, I don't type 'lol'. I type 'lqtm' - laugh quietly to myself. It's more honest. Hide
I think a lot of stuff I find funny is from day dreaming. I think a lot of stuff I find funny is from day dreaming.
Stand up is really fun because if I think of a joke or a funny idea, then I can just go and tell som Show more Stand up is really fun because if I think of a joke or a funny idea, then I can just go and tell some people and if they laugh, they laugh right away. Hide
Employee of the month is a good example of how somebody can be both a winner and a loser at the same Show more Employee of the month is a good example of how somebody can be both a winner and a loser at the same time. Hide
For example, I was a White House intern the summer before I dropped out of law school. Everybody kne Show more For example, I was a White House intern the summer before I dropped out of law school. Everybody knew about it. I'd come home and go to church and everybody would say, 'Oh, my God. Demetri, you're working at the White House.' Hide
Another term for balloon is bad breath holder. Another term for balloon is bad breath holder.
[on producing an indie movie] It's humbling. You get twenty days to shoot the thing and you think yo Show more [on producing an indie movie] It's humbling. You get twenty days to shoot the thing and you think you're ready, and then of course reality hits you. It's like 'They're having trouble parking the truck; there's a helicopter up there so we have to wait for sound'. You can just see the minutes ticking away and we're losing light. It's all those things that you really don't have to worry about with stand-up. Show up to the gig, tell the jokes for an hour then you're done. Hide
A lot of people don't like bumper stickers. I don't mind bumper stickers. To me a bumper sticker is Show more A lot of people don't like bumper stickers. I don't mind bumper stickers. To me a bumper sticker is a shortcut. It's like a little sign that says 'Hey, let's never hang out.' Hide
I didn't do improv in college, I never performed, I didn't do theater either. I was in student gover Show more I didn't do improv in college, I never performed, I didn't do theater either. I was in student government, I was a history major. Hide
A drunk driver is very dangerous. So is a drunk backseat driver if he's persuasive. A drunk driver is very dangerous. So is a drunk backseat driver if he's persuasive.
But long story short, I didn't start doing stand-up because I wanted to have a TV show or be an acto Show more But long story short, I didn't start doing stand-up because I wanted to have a TV show or be an actor or even wanted to write sketch comedy. I got into stand-up because I love stand-up. Hide
I wonder what the most intelligent thing ever said was that started with the word 'dude.' 'Dude, the Show more I wonder what the most intelligent thing ever said was that started with the word 'dude.' 'Dude, these are isotopes.' 'Dude, we removed your kidney. You're gonna be fine.' 'Dude, I am so stoked to win this Nobel Prize. I just wanna thank Kevin, and Turtle, and all my homies.' Hide
I was walking in the park and this guy waved at me. Then he said, 'I'm sorry, I thought you were som Show more I was walking in the park and this guy waved at me. Then he said, 'I'm sorry, I thought you were someone else.' I said, 'I am.' Hide
I love women, but I feel like you can't trust some of them. Some of them are liars, you know? Like I Show more I love women, but I feel like you can't trust some of them. Some of them are liars, you know? Like I was in the park and I met this girl, she was cute and she had a dog. And I went up to her, we started talking. She told me her dog's name. Then I said, 'Does he bite?' She said, 'No.' And I said, 'Oh yeah? Then how does he eat?' Liar. Hide
I noticed that there are no B batteries. I think that's to avoid confusion, cause if there were you Show more I noticed that there are no B batteries. I think that's to avoid confusion, cause if there were you wouldn't know if someone was stuttering. 'Yes, hello I'd like some b-batteries.' 'What kind?' 'B-batteries.' 'What kind?' 'B-batteries!' and D-batteries that's hard for foreigners. 'Yes, I would like de batteries.' Hide
People and squirrels are very different. Most people will not argue that. But I find that there is o Show more People and squirrels are very different. Most people will not argue that. But I find that there is one situation in which they're very similar. And that is: when I am driving towards them in my car. Then they're kind of hard to tell apart - especially if the human is kind of hairy. Hide
People only have so much attention. People only have so much attention.
I know about Woodstock probably as much as your average person who is over 30, where I'd know Jimi H Show more I know about Woodstock probably as much as your average person who is over 30, where I'd know Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead. Hide
And my only rule being if when I wake in the morning I'm looking forward to the things that I have t Show more And my only rule being if when I wake in the morning I'm looking forward to the things that I have to do that day, then I'm on the right track. Hide
A lot of people like lollipops. I don't like lollipops. To me, a lollipop is hard candy plus garbage Show more A lot of people like lollipops. I don't like lollipops. To me, a lollipop is hard candy plus garbage. I don't need a handle. Just give me the candy. Hide
My favorite fruit is grapes. Because with grapes, you always get another chance. 'Cause, you know, i Show more My favorite fruit is grapes. Because with grapes, you always get another chance. 'Cause, you know, if you have a crappy apple or a peach, you're stuck with that crappy piece of fruit. But if you have a crappy grape, no problem - just move on to the next. 'Grapes: The Fruit of Hope.' Hide
The digital camera is a great invention because it allows us to reminisce. Instantly. The digital camera is a great invention because it allows us to reminisce. Instantly.
And as far as actors go, Peter Sellers is my all-time favorite. And as far as actors go, Peter Sellers is my all-time favorite.
There's a store in my neighborhood called Futon World. I like that name, 'Futon World.' Makes me thi Show more There's a store in my neighborhood called Futon World. I like that name, 'Futon World.' Makes me think of a magical place that gets less and less comfortable over time. Hide
I just know keeping track of what I'm doing and where I'm going is important to me. I just know keeping track of what I'm doing and where I'm going is important to me.
It's very easy to go through your whole life and never really get anything done or have any real mea Show more It's very easy to go through your whole life and never really get anything done or have any real meaningful interactions or relationships. All of a sudden you're dead, and I'm going to say that's got to be a letdown. Hide
If I have to move up in a building, I choose the elevator over the escalator. Because one time I was Show more If I have to move up in a building, I choose the elevator over the escalator. Because one time I was riding the escalator and I tripped. I fell down the stairs for an hour and a half. Hide
I thought I would, you know, go to college, get to law school, finish, and then get a job and work a Show more I thought I would, you know, go to college, get to law school, finish, and then get a job and work as a lawyer, but that proved to be not a good fit for me. Hide
Usually, I walk around and think about things. When I come across a thought that makes me laugh, I w Show more Usually, I walk around and think about things. When I come across a thought that makes me laugh, I write it down. Hide
When you have a fat friend there are no see-saws, only catapults. When you have a fat friend there are no see-saws, only catapults.
I started being a comedy fan when I was, I'm going to guess, like 5 or 6 years old. I started being a comedy fan when I was, I'm going to guess, like 5 or 6 years old.
But what I was going to say was, I just figured I'm going to go boldly in the direction of my dreams Show more But what I was going to say was, I just figured I'm going to go boldly in the direction of my dreams, say it as Thoreau would say, and just see where it takes me. Hide
The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades. The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades.
[on performing in stand-up comedy] I have to trust that I will come up with something good each day, Show more [on performing in stand-up comedy] I have to trust that I will come up with something good each day, whether it's a drawing or a joke or a couple of jokes, or an idea for a story, or a paragraph. You keep pushing and try to be disciplined and organized, so I find stuff and say, 'There's an idea I think that will will work in a book two years fro now'. Then, when the deadline comes closer, I can sift through the pile and know what I've got to work with. Hide
Let no man's deathbed be a futon. Let no man's deathbed be a futon.
I have fun acting, and I want to do more of it, and I want to direct my own movie. I have fun acting, and I want to do more of it, and I want to direct my own movie.
I wrapped my Christmas presents early this year, but I used the wrong paper. See, the paper I used s Show more I wrapped my Christmas presents early this year, but I used the wrong paper. See, the paper I used said 'Happy Birthday' on it. I didn't want to waste it so I just wrote 'Jesus' on it. Hide
I think since I was kid people told me that they thought I was funny. I think since I was kid people told me that they thought I was funny.
The bird, the bee, the running child are all the same to the sliding glass door. The bird, the bee, the running child are all the same to the sliding glass door.
I like women, but you can't always trust them. Some of them are big liars, like this one woman I met Show more I like women, but you can't always trust them. Some of them are big liars, like this one woman I met who had a dog. I asked her her dog's name and then I asked, 'Does he bite?' and she said, 'No.' And I said, 'So how does he eat?' Liar! Hide
I like fruit baskets because it gives you the ability to mail someone a piece of fruit without appea Show more I like fruit baskets because it gives you the ability to mail someone a piece of fruit without appearing insane. Like, if someone just mailed you an apple you'd be like, 'huh? What the hell is this?' But if it's in a fruit basket you're like, 'this is nice!' Hide
I never set out to do a sketch show. I never set out to do a sketch show.
I think, at first blush, the '60s always enticed me. There's something about the '60s, it's not hard Show more I think, at first blush, the '60s always enticed me. There's something about the '60s, it's not hard to like it. Hide
I wanna make a jigsaw puzzle that's 40,000 pieces. And when you finish it, it says 'go outside.' I wanna make a jigsaw puzzle that's 40,000 pieces. And when you finish it, it says 'go outside.'
I think it's interesting that 'cologne' rhymes with 'alone.' I think it's interesting that 'cologne' rhymes with 'alone.'
I went into a clothing store, and the lady asked me what size I was. I said, 'Actual'. I'm not to sc Show more I went into a clothing store, and the lady asked me what size I was. I said, 'Actual'. I'm not to scale. Hide
Nothing wise was ever printed upon an apron. Nothing wise was ever printed upon an apron.
I used to play sports. Then I realized you can buy trophies. Now I am good at everything. I used to play sports. Then I realized you can buy trophies. Now I am good at everything.
The comedians I liked were Bill Cosby and Steven Wright, like just always as a comedic actor. I alwa Show more The comedians I liked were Bill Cosby and Steven Wright, like just always as a comedic actor. I always liked Gary Larson, who's really funny for a cartoonist, obviously. Hide
I am completely attracted to the idea of simplicity, or at least removing things that seem unnecessa Show more I am completely attracted to the idea of simplicity, or at least removing things that seem unnecessary when trying to get an idea out there. Hide
I'm always excited to try something I haven't done. I'm always excited to try something I haven't done.
To me, comedy is a game. To me, comedy is a game.
The shortest feedback loop I can think of is doing improvisation in front of an audience. The shortest feedback loop I can think of is doing improvisation in front of an audience.
I tend to avoid televisions, politics, and places with velvet ropes. I tend to avoid televisions, politics, and places with velvet ropes.
Demetri Martin Demetri Martin'S roles
Ice Bear
Ice Bear

Carlos
Carlos

Louis
Louis

Ice Bear, Additional Voices, Baby Ice Bear, Isaac, Spider 1
Ice Bear, Additional Voices, Baby Ice Bear, Isaac, Spider 1

Dr. David Eisenberg
Dr. David Eisenberg

Ellis Hightower
Ellis Hightower

Kip
Kip

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