Sometimes we need the obvious pointed out to us and sometimes we just need a good laugh. You’ll find both in today’s Debut Spotlight pick: THIS IS A BOOK by comedian and actor Demetri Martin.
Here’s a brief synopsis:
From the renowned comedian, creator, star and executive producer/multiple title-holder of Comedy Central’s Important Things with Demetri Martin comes a bold, original, and rectangular kind of humor book.
Demetri’s first literary foray features longer-form essays and conceptual pieces (such as Protagonists’ Hospital, a melodrama about the clinic doctors who treat only the flesh wounds and minor head scratches of Hollywood action heroes), as well as his trademark charts, doodles, drawings, one-liners, and lists (i.e., the world views of optimists, pessimists and contortionists), Martin’s material is varied, but his unique voice and brilliant mind will keep readers in stitches from beginning to end.
The reviewers say:
“Martin jokes in many guises, silly one moment, barbed the next, and he achieves a satirical brilliance that moves easily among surprising topics, like philosophy, to easy targets, like healthy lifestyles.”
“Martin shines in the longer comic pieces. “Dad” is narrated by the grumpy child of a man who was raised by wolves. In a deleted scene fromA Christmas Carol, Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Future Perfect, leading to an entertaining riff on grammatical tenses.”
— Kirkus Reviews
Looking for more laughs?
Check out the official page for Demetri’s Comedy Central show Important Things with Demetri Martin!
— Dana Barrett, Managing Editor