'Important Things with Demetri Martin: Season One'
(Demetri Martin, et al / DVD / NR / 2009 / Comedy Central)
Overview: 'Important Things with Demetri Martin' is a stream-of-consciousness sketch and variety show from comedian Demetri Martin. Each episode focuses on a single topic—chairs, power, games—through the prism of Demetri's unique point of view.
DVD Verdict: Season one of 'Important Things' is chock full of the kind of stuff that has made Martin so popular. He reflects on the important elements of life in a stand-up/sketch comedy blend that recalls Chappelle’s Show if that show were made by a nerdy white guy.
Martin riffs on a different topic each episode, all extremely important things belonging to very different categories, from power and brains to chairs.
The sketches are hit-and-miss ... there are tired recurring bits about that forgotten philosopher not quite as famous as Socrates and the artist not as remembered as Da Vinci. However, there are plenty of laughs to be found in the short stand-up segments and the appearance of familiar Martin props, like a variety of musical instruments and a large notepad used to augment jokes.
The show is busy, constantly moving from one thing to the next with musical interludes, animated sequences, and Martin just generally finding silly things to do. The format works well, and Martin is a naturally affable host, interacting continually with the studio audience.[DS] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of: