This Is a Book

This Is a Book


By (author) Demetri Martin

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  • Publisher: Warner Books Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 213mm x 28mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 25 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0446539708
  • ISBN 13: 9780446539708
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 65,345

Product description

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.

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Author information

Demetri Martin rose to relative obscurity when he started doing stand-up comedy in New York City at the end of the 20th Century. Later he became a writer at Late Night with Conan O'Brien "and then a regular performer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." In 2003, Demetri won the Perrier Award at the International Fringe Festival for his first one-man show, If I." He released a comedy album called These Are Jokes "and then created and starred in his own television series called Important Things with Demetri Martin." His first stand-up comedy special, Demetri Martin. Person" is considered by many to be his longest and only hour-long stand-up comedy special. Martin has appeared in movies as an actor, most recently in Steven Soderbergh's Contagion" and most lengthily in Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock." His first book, This Is a Book by Demetri Martin" is a New York Times" Bestseller. Demetri has brown hair, and he is allergic to peanuts. You can find him at, at, on Twitter @demetrimartin, and in various places in the actual physical world.

Review quote

"This book embodies the essence of Demetri's comedy to perfection, which is a good thing since he wrote it. Silly but incredibly smart, it's exactly what puts me in awe of his work." -Will Ferrell