Comedian and writer, Demetri Martin, today releases DVD and CD versions of his new special, "Demetri Martin. Standup Comedian," and they are both very different.
We had a chance to have a quick chat with Demetri Martin on Friday, just a day before his second one-hour special, Demetri Martin. Standup Comedian, premiered on Comedy Central. The special that aired Saturday, is being released today as a DVD and download, it was recorded at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York, a fairly large theater. Also released today is a CD/download that was recorded at the ACME Comedy Club, an intimate comedy club in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While the order of some of the material is the same, the differences are remarkable enough that you will want to experience them both. Most notably the video package comes with additional materials that didn't make it into the stage performance as well as a more "visual" set jokes that differ from some of the riffing and crowd repartee in the audio package. Luckily for people who are interested, Martin is offering a discounted and limited edition bundle that includes the video and audio recordings as well as a t-shirt and a signed art bundle - pretty cool. In the interview below Martin tells us how he put together his special, how he builds his jokes, and his upcoming book project.
It seems that a favorite theme of yours seems to be the exploration of language, both written and verbal.
Demetri Martin: I think there's a connection between puzzles and comedy, and there's a lot of satisfaction to be derived from solving these puzzles. There's a connection between that and doing standup as a career and working on jokes. I look at the joke, the premise, and try to figure out how to get there. I look at language, and these units of communication, specific words, and find that it's fun to play around with them and the jokes seem to emerge from that.
This release is 2 different recordings at 2 different locations, one on the DVD/video and the other is the audio album, how did you put these together?