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A one-time high school student council president and the son of a Greek Orthodox priest, New Jersey native Martin grew up comfortable in front of people."I don't need all the attention, but once I'm up there, I like it," he says. But he hastens to add that the main part of his job (and the part he savors) isn't telling jokes for an audience, but recognizing comedy as it unfolds before him in real life, then puzzling out how it might be reconfigured for his audience.No one would dispute the importance of things like Power, Safety or Chairs. But to build a half-hour of comedy around any of them _ that's a whole other thing.All the more reason for Demetri Martin to be doing it. As he proves anew in "Important Things With Demetri Martin," this important rising comic has a gift for the shrewd but daydreamy. His material tingles with random micro-truths, each observation a dotty shared discovery with his audience.He's a guy who saw a sign on a door that said: THIS DOOR MUST REMAIN CLOSED AT ALL TIMES. "And I was like, 'Dude! You're thinking of a WALL!'"
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