Demetri Martin, This Is an Audiobook
Short form humor at its strangest and silliest
Comedian, actor, artist, musician and humorist Demetri Martin’s star has risen steadily over the years, first as the “Senior Youth Correspondent” on The Daily Show, then with his own Comedy Central show, Important Things With Demetri Martin. After releasing a standup album in 2006 matter-of-factly titled These are Jokes, Martin follows up with a likewise wildly-named audiobook.
If that kind of wordplay and short-form humor isn’t your thing, Martin’s book isn’t, either. Several longer humor pieces consider aliens who come to earth to meet Miss Universe, the life of Socrates’ publicist and couples who say “we’re pregnant.” The real laughs, though, are found in Martin’s one-liners, which are sprinkled liberally through the book, and employ a brand of silliness so strange that it makes sense – like the brilliant non sequitur, “This year, Americans officially became fatter than snowmen.” Because the book’s not terribly long, though, Martin’s unique brand of humor never wears out its welcome.