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4.0 out of 5 stars Leicester Bangs Review (2009):, 17 April 2011
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Demetri Martin - These Are Jokes (Comedy Central)
"If I ever saw an amputee being hanged... I would yell out some letters" - just one example of Demetri Martin's near-infinite supply of askew one-liners.

After successful TV appearances, Edinburgh festivals and the inevitable Perrier Award, the natural next step is the record, and on These Are Jokes, he doesn't disappoint. Over two discs (one audio, one DVD), the American comic relentlessly delivers gags, and all we have to do is sit back and chuckle. The gently surreal style will offend no-one, and much like Steven Wright or Eddie Izzard (albeit in man's clothing), it's best just to relax and go with the comedic flow, as Martin jumps from one bizarre observation to the next.

Be careful with the CD. There's lots of very funny material here, and if you listen to it in public on headphones, you'll laugh and others will point, stare and mock. The DVD features some animation, a couple of early performances (one very good, the second, better), some songs, and the Comedy Central performance that initially provided his breakthrough. 8/10.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Martin, Steven Wright, Emo Phillips ... and now Demetri, 3 Nov 2006
Mr. A. Kinsella (Salford, UK) - See all my reviews
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If you've got a passion for the quirky, the surreal, the deconstructed, the innovative - this cd/dvd is a must for your collection and sanity. Arguably the greatest gag writer on the planet, Demetri will wrongfoot your expectations and double the pay-off laughter time after time. He is also a master of the medium - setting his jokes to glockenspiel accompaniments one minute, asking a friend to interpret the visual elements of the performance for the cd listeners the next:

Demetri : I asked my barber to make me look cool. He misheard me and thought I wanted to look like a gay Beatle.


Interpreter: Demetri looks like a gay Beatle.

In the dvd of his American special, Demetri again exploits the medium, enhancing his jokes with images on a flip chart with delicious pointlessness. Beyond such clever and inventive trickery the brilliance of the jokes speaks for itself:

If your best friend is obese, there are no see saws, only catapults.'

'Every fight is a food fight if you're a cannibal.'

'If I ever saw an amputee being hanged, i'd shout out some letters.'

As a bonus, Demetri offers a couple of weird animations and (my only negative criticism of this collection) a couple of ineffective studio-based songs - milking audience laughter is the essence and joie de vivre of this awesome product. This guy will be huge in the next two years.
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