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Demetri Martin

Demetri Evan Martin (born May 25, 1973) is an American comedian, actor, artist, musician, writer, and humorist. Martin is best known for his work as a stand-up comedian, being a contributor on The Daily Show and for his Comedy Central show Important Things with Demetri Martin.

Demetri Martin was born on May 25, 1973 to a Greek American family in New York City, New York,[citation needed] and grew up in Toms River, New Jersey. He is the son of Lillian, a nutritionist, and Dean C. Martin, now deceased, a Greek Orthodox priest. Martin graduated from Yale University in 1995. During his time at Yale he wrote a 224 word long poem as a project for a fractal geometry class, which became a well known palindromic poem. Although he was accepted into Harvard Law School, he went to New York University School of Law after he received a full scholarship.

In 2001, Martin caught his first big break in stand-up comedy when he appeared on Comedy Central's stand-up showcase Premium Blend. In 2003 he won the Perrier Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his show If I.... The show was turned into a British television special in 2004.
From 2003 to 2004, Martin was a writer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
In 2004, Martin had his own Comedy Central Presents stand-up special.
Since late 2005, he has been credited as a contributor on The Daily Show, on which he has appeared as the ironically named "Senior Youth Correspondent" and on which he hosts a segment called "Trendspotting."
He has cited comedian Steven Wright as an important influence. Both use deadpan one-liners in their acts.
On September 2, 2007, Martin appeared on the season finale of the HBO series Flight of the Conchords. He appeared as a keytar player named Demetri.



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