This Is A Book by Demetri MartinThis Is A Book by Demetri Martin

This Is A Book

byDemetri Martin

Paperback | April 10, 2012

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From the renowned comedian, creator and star of Comedy Central'sImportant Things with Demetri Martincomes the paperback debut of his bold, original,New York Timesbest-selling humor book.

THIS IS A BOOKwas an instant and long-lastingNew York Timesbest seller, and is the renowned comedian's hilarious foray into prose comedy. In these pages, Martin expands on the sensibility he's developed on stage as an award-winning stand-up comedian and on television as a writer-performer onLate Night with Conan O'Brien, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and his own Comedy Central series,Important Things with Demetri Martin.

Featuring narrative essays, short stories, and conceptual pieces (such as "Protagonists' Hospital," where doctors treat only the shoulder wounds of Hollywood action heroes) as well as Martin's signature drawings, absurdities, and one-liners,THIS IS A BOOKdelivers sharp jokes, colorful characters, and interesting surprises.

Martin takes readers to places as far-off as Ancient Greece ("Socrates's Publicist") and the distant future ("Robot Test,"where everyone must take a test to prove that they are not robots). He recounts a lonely man's visit to a strip club in the form of a five-hundred-word palindrome ("Palindromes for Specific Occasions"). And he examines the human condition ("Human Cannonball Occupational Hazards") and the competing world-views of divergent groups ("Optimist, Pessimist, Contortionist").

Martin's material is varied, but his unique voice and brilliant mind will keep readers in stitches from beginning to end.
Demetri Martin rose to relative obscurity when he started doing stand-up comedy in New York City at the end of the 20thCentury. Later he became a writer atLate Night with Conan O'Brienand then a regular performer onThe Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In 2003, Demetri won the Perrier Award at the International Fringe Festival for his first...
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Title:This Is A BookFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:April 10, 2012Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0446539694

ISBN - 13:9780446539692

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tee hee I don't usually laugh out loud while reading books, but this made me giggle often.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This is a review. Mildly funny. It's really a collection of scribbles and doodles you would find on discarded napkins at a restaurant, which I suppose could be funny, if you find the right ones. As is the case with so much comedy today, it appeals to basic sensibilities (probably why it has the thoughtless title that it does) without any real depth or density. A funny poop joke here, an easy-to-come-up-with observation there, and no real commentary in-between. George Carlin's probably turning in his grave.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I love Demetri's comedy and this was exactly what I expected, as he's proven that he's great with visual jokes.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Realllllllllllly funny! Demetri's brand of dry absurdist humour shines in this book. Much like his stand up, Demetri will keep the reader entertained with material that force one to access the over thinking, weird, and anxious part of their brain.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun on the bun Brilliant short essays if you're brave enough to let your silly out.
Date published: 2012-12-22

Editorial Reviews

"The best [material] would be at home in one of Woody Allen's classic books...Martin has energy to burn." -Kirkus