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This is a Book

This is a Book

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By (author) Demetri Martin

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 18mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 28 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0241957117
  • ISBN 13: 9780241957110
  • Sales rank: 137,695

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Demetri Martin is a Very Important Award-Winning Comedian, so spends a lot of his time travelling around, with a notebook, filling it with jokes and incredibly long palindromes (over 500-words long, in fact). The very best of those are collected here, from his acclaimed comic drawings and the world's worst comeback lines, to brilliant charts and graphs ("Incidence of Lung Cancer in Dragons", "A Sad Clown/Happy Clown Venn Diagram") and a bittersweet ghost love story. Add in hilarious pieces on The Deleted Scene from A Christmas Carol, A Cappella Group Freak Accidents and Frustrating Uses of Etc., and this is a Book you'll never want to put down.

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Demetri Martin is an award-winning comedian, known for his show Important Things with Demetri Martin, as well as his stand-up comedy routines and contributions to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Also, he is a person. He has brown hair and is allergic to peanuts.

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Embodies the essence of Demetri's comedy to perfection, which is a good thing since he wrote it. Silly but incredibly smart -- Will Ferrell When I first saw Important Things With Demetri Martin, I said to myself, "this is the funniest thing ever." I was wrong. This Is A Book is better -- Malcolm Gladwell, author of 'Outliers' This Is a Probability. If you like random, short-attention-span riffs built on pithy comic premises, Martin's your man. If you delight in writing that deconstructs comedy even while constructing it, his self-aware style will appeal. And if you relish literary humor, "This Is a Book" is a book for you. ... Because Martin's literary quickies are so consistently clever - and his occasional longer pieces are engaging change-ups - we can conclude that the reader who fancies this brand of wry absurdism and playful labeling will be absolutely entertained from The Front to The Back. -- Michael Cavna Washington Post Range[s] from the straightforwardly daft - like the killing of a bee told from various different perspectives...to rather beautiful tales, like the account of a man who falls in and out of love with a ghost... like the best of Woody Allen...sure to delight -- James Kettle Guardian A mix of the inspired and the absurd, with an undercurrent of surrealism that still manages to resonate as sincere...One of the most acclaimed and beloved comedians in the US -- Davin O'Dwyer Irish Times