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This Is a Book Paperback – April 10, 2012
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"When I first saw Important Things With Demetri Martin, I said to myself, "this is the funniest thing ever." I was wrong. This Is A Book is better." -Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers: The Story of Success
"This book is so funny I forgot to laugh. I know that sounds like a childish criticism, but I mean it literally: This book is so funny, I forgot a whole bunch of things--who I am, what I stand for, large chunks of my childhood, my sense of equilibrium, how to fall asleep, and when I'm supposed to laugh at things."-Chuck Klosterman
"Demetri Martin has a very funny and original mind. If I could draw a graph explaining how funny and original he is, I would. But I don't do that. Demetri does that."-Conan O'Brien
"Throughout, Martin jokes in many guises, silly one moment, barbed the next, and he achieves a satirical brilliance." -Publishers Weekly
"The best [material] would be at home in one of Woody Allen's classic books...Martin has energy to burn." -Kirkus
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Fans may be caught off guard by some material in here. Don't think of it like a comedy standup; it's a book of creative writing and comic musings of different ideas spanning a myriad of eras from the past to future. Some of them are only one line, others are stories that take several pages. Some may even take the form of a short play!
It's uplifting, funny, even dramatic and thought-provoking. It's not your standard comedy book. It's something fresh and different, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone.
When you laugh at Martin's jokes, you instantly feel superior to everyone else who didn't laugh at them because those people, obviously, just aren't as smart or precocious as you and therefore don't understand the humor. And you, of course, can't explain why you're laughing because if you did, it would spoil it.
Martin's one-liners are the kinds of things you wish you were clever enough to post as your FaceBook status updates because they would make you seem so cool and thoughtful. As it is, if you read the book, you'll probably just use his ideas on your FB page because it's not like he's your friend or anything and so won't be checking up on you.
So just read it. It's funny.
While I would argue that it's not a good thing to kill a cat with a yo-yo, Martin's other skills are well used here, although I wish his penchant for musical comedy could be adequately conveyed in print. I generally liked the shorter pieces better, probably because they most closely resemble his act, which is one of the best in modern comedy. I loved his lists of statistics ("It is safer to fly in a plane than it is to fly in a car.") and the more surreal pieces of comedy, e.g. "Confessions of a White Guy With Dreadlocks," and especially "Products" ("Enjoy Mint Melee tea at home near your bathroom. We mean it.") I was especially entertained by the chapter "Epigrams, Fragments, and Light Verse" which largely features brief prose and poetry in free and blank verse. I was probably most entertained by "What a cruel, ironic, little joke / Nature has played on man / By making the dumbest people the loudest ones / I'm talking to you sports fan.Read more ›
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Demetri is an amazing writer and comedian. I am still reading this book, but so far the "Cat Calendar" is the funniest thing I've read in ages. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elie D.
The book was great but it was a little bent and dirty but it was still readable!Published 6 months ago by Taylor Triola
I found the book to be "okay". As suggested by my purchase, I am a fan of Demetri Martin. However, I didn't find the book to have the same comedic effect as his stand-up. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jonathan Ip
Super smart and funny. The kind of observational absurdism he does so well.Published 7 months ago by Aaron Kneile