Within the past few year, the viewing audience of Comedy Central has become increasingly aware of comedian Demetri Martin. I first saw him appear on his own segment on The Daily Show and was instantly a fan of his deadpan humor. When I saw a special of his DVD was coming out, I knew I wanted to see it and by the large, I’m glad I checked it out as there are plenty of hilarious moments in the special (and this DVD) that were well worth watching.
Demetri Martin. Person. aired on Comedy Central back in January as an hour long special. Oddly enough I don’t really recall seeing this advertised, despite being an avid viewer of The Daily Show / Colbert Report block during the week. Still, considering how long Comedy Central airs and re-airs its specials, I’ve no doubt this one was aired plenty of times for the viewing public and now this DVD allows you to view it completely uncensored. Not that Martin really peppers his act with foul language (only a few moments does he let loose and most of those moments are included in the deleted scenes on this DVD), but it warrants the parental advisory on the back.
Martin’s standup ranges from a bit more straightforward in his one-on-one discussion with the audience in the opening to the more dry, deadpan delivery that he’s showcased on The Daily Show. The humor is akin to what you would find on The Office on time, although it doesn’t always fire on all cylinders. One of the segments in the special covers unknown mystical creatures and I didn’t laugh a single time during all of it. I’m not entirely sure if it was supposed to be funny or just Martin testing out his animation skills, but it seemed oddly out of place in the special.
The special wraps up in a wonderful stage show that involves a large cast and gives the special a grand finale feeling. It’s certainly more memorable than other Comedy Central specials I’ve seen and it was definitely a riot to watch, even if some of his humor didn’t always work. The first two acts are brilliant and while the later ones aren’t nearly as well-done, they’re still well worth watching. Recommended.
So a DVD with just this forty-two minute special? Sounds kind of lame, right? Well, normally I’d agree but Comedy Central has packed a fair amount of goodies into this one. Not only is the packing in an attractive all-white moniker (complete with white DVD case!), but we get a funny double sided mini-poster on the inside and the DVD menus are a lot of fun to poke around on. There’s an easter egg to be found featuring an alternate DVD menu theme and, my personal favorite, a link to a menu that says “Nothing.” and takes you to a page that only says “Told you.”
The feature itself is a decent audio and visual presentation. It’s in full screen and a Dolby Digital 2.0 track. Nothing amazing on either transfer, but it gets the job done. One major (and odd) drawback is the complete lack of chapter stops in the special. Granted, one would probably watch it one sitting so chapter stops are negligible, but you’d think they’d throw them in at the commercial breaks at least.
For the extras we get a nice robust mix. On the Special itself is a full length commentary by Demetri and members of his family and we learn that despite his extremely young looks, he’s actually already in his 30s. Deleted scenes are included, some without commentary, some with and some with only commentary (kind of odd to navigate through). The second set of deleted scenes, the ones with commentary, has the alternate audio track without the commentary slightly hidden; I was unable to find an option the menu itself to switch tracks, but merely flicking the “Audio” button on the DVD remote will allow you to cycle through the two tracks. The ones with only commentary do indeed not contain a non-commentary track, for whatever reason. For the most part, the deleted scenes are Demetri breaking from his act as things go wrong technically and other times it’s just cut material. At one point he breaks from his act to ask an audience member in a squeaky chair what she’s doing and why she won’t stop squeaking it.
One great thing also found on this DVD is another short Comedy Central special with Demetri (in half hour format, rather than the hour long one) and a few other random stand up specials he did over the years. They’re great extras and certainly make the DVD a more worthwhile purchase.
Overall this is a great special on an even better DVD. If you like his style of humor, definitely pick this title up or at least give it a rental. It’s got it’s downsides, but combined with the deleted scenes, hilarious commentary (Demetri’s grandmother is particularly humorous) and other extras, this DVD is easily Recommended.
Demetri Martin: Person is now out on DVD.