In his second standup special for Comedy Central, Demetri Martin continues to hone his unique brand of comedy. Unlike other young male comedians like Daniel Tosh, Martin doesn't shock his audience into laughs or focus on the dark side of human nature. Instead, his comedy focuses on the everyday going-ons of the average twenty or thirty-something like how to get out of a boring conversation at a party or pretending to be interested in other people's kids.
This time around, Martin has less theatrics in his presentation than Demetri Martin. Person and sticks to the simple parts of his comedy that made him famous. There are more of his charts and graphs, more of his guitar/harmonica accompaniment, and more of his lovable awkwardness. I am a huge fan of Demetri Martin's comedy, and personally, I thought Standup Comedian was much stronger without the extra bells and whistles of Demetri Martin. Person.
What I really appreciate about Demetri Martin: Standup Comedian, though, is that Martin is spends more time laughing at himself than laughing at others, and compared to his peers, he is relatively clean. He shows that comedians can be funny without being mean, and after so much debate about misogyny and white male privilege in the comedy world, it is refreshing to watch a comedian who can make me fall off my couch laughing and doesn't have to be a jerk in the process.
DVD Bonus Features
Special features include a brief audio commentary by Martin, a commentary explaining what happened to the audio commentary, “Rejected Concepts from the Comedy Special,” “A Sad Confession,” “A Premise for a Crappy Animated Movie,” and “A Scene from an Ominous, Grammar-Based Murder Mystery.”
"Demetri Martin: Standup Comedian" is on sale October 2, 2012 and is not rated. Comedy. Directed by Ryan Polito. Written by Demetri Martin. Starring Demetri Martin.