intellectual comedian alters his persona in new Comedy Central special
Martin’s new Comedy Central special, “Demetri Martin. Person,” debuting
at 10 p.m. Sunday, January 14, finds the comedian adding a bit of
hostile edge to his genial and odd persona.
Although his signature bits, like series of funny drawings and
observations he flips through on a big pad of paper on an easel, Martin
has a more intense look in his eyes now. For example, talking of adding
insult to injury when signing someone’s cast and they have no choice
about what you might write, so you write things like “you’re a dick” and
“you deserve this.”
It could be that Martin is about to turn in a new direction with his
act. That would be no surprise after seeing this special. On top of his
ability to turn an audience’s expectations on their heads with the spins
in his jokes -- that don’t even operate like jokes per se, Martin has
dropped some more of the cutesy bits in his act, such as songs like
“Sames and Opposites” in favor of something different.
“Person,” as a result, is an interesting look at a highly intellectual
comedian edging toward some sort of transition.