I first heard of Demetri Martin (who now is a correspondent of The Daily Show) when I saw his Comedy Central Presents special, which I'm sure is where a number of people first took note of him. And, I am happy to say, that timeless episode is featured on the DVD here. Demetri is the king of one-liners, such as "'employee of the month' is a good example of how somebody can be both a winner and a loser at the same time" or "bears and worms aren't very similar...until you think of gummi" or "glitter is the herpes of craft supplies." He doesn't do any shouting (e.g. Dane Cook) and doesn't use any unnecessary vulgarities, albeit there's a PA sticker on the cover. And he uses a guitar on some tracks, although he doesn't sing.
Starting with the cd, there are endless laughs that'll keep your LPM very high. "Some Jokes" (7 min), "Other Jokes" (1.5 min), "These Jokes" (6 min) and "Some More Jokes" (3.5 min) are the bits that are just jokes, without guitar. "The Start" (3 min) features a short intro by Demetri's Grandma, as well as some regular jokes. "The Remix" (5.5 min) is regular jokes, with keyboard in the background. "Personal Information Waltz" (7 min) uses that infamous waltz, and is helped by Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), with hilarious results. You have to hear it to believe it. "One Story" (7 min) gives you a day in the life of Demetri, as he plays guitar. And, finally, "The Jokes With Guitar" (13 min) is just that. "Sames And Opposites" (8 min) is really the only song on the cd, although it is great. All these tracks use most of the material from the Comedy Central bit, while the parts about batteries and butter were extended, for the better. There is also material from other performances he did on various late night talk shows, from the Invite Them Up cd, and a lot of new stuff. "The Grapes Song" and "The Wisdom Song" are not joke tracks, but actual songs. They're okay, but not as fun to listen to as the regular jokes. The hidden track is a story told by Demetri's Grandma, as Demetri plays guitar. It is weird, but again, okay.
The DVD features numerous tidbits of stuff. Highlights are the Comedy Central special, a commentary of that feature, a few jokes set to Demetri's animation, and two very early performances. The 'earlier' one is particularly great, making you wish he'd never given up on the material. There are also some songs, short documentaries and other things you can explore on your own.
Overall, this CD/DVD set is well worth any asking price. Demetri can make spot-on, witty observations about everyday things like checkers, swimming, greeting cards, sports bars, even that paper clip that pops in Word Processor, and have your eyes watering behind uncontrollable laughter. I like to think this is different than most of the comedy out there right now. But if you ask me, this is how comedy should be: too funny. Sort of....