Important Things with Demetri Martin

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Teens will like slacker humor ... but will parents?

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show sends some mixed messages. While it's positive for kids to see a young person steering his own show, they're also being exposed to cheeky humor that lacks real depth or meaning.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Based on appearance alone, many teens will find Martin a natural role model. But even though he's clearly bright and multi-talented, working both original music and art into his act, the humor he puts forth is more ironic than intelligent.

Violence

Comedic incidents include a verbal battle over a parking space that veers into violent territory, a character whose father was murdered, face slapping, animated rats that kill each other (revealing small amounts of blood), and smashing a car with a baseball bat.

Sex

Some pointed sexual innuendo pops up, such as in a song involving a "horny teenager" ... and a sock. Other skits talk about the mechanics of sex, seduction, etc.

Language

Regular use of "ass," "crap," "hell," etc., plus bleeped words like "a--hole," "s--t," and "faggot." Other language includes terms like "nipple," "tits," and "explosive diarrhea."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few casual references to alcohol, such as a joke about trying to order a vodka tonic in a bar. Some references to drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that teens will probably want to tune in to this deadpan show based on Martin's personality (even though he's firmly in his 30s, he looks and acts like a straight-out-of-college emo kid) and occasional appearances on The Daily Show. That said, they'll be exposed to a healthy amount of salty language, some of which (like "s--t" and "faggot") is bleeped and some of which (like "tits" and "ass") isn't. There's also some sexual innuendo and more violence than you might expect, but even the bits involving blood are meant to be funny.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byjohnthemon February 6, 2011

Hilarious Show, watch it!

This show is amazing. Demetri Martin is probably the funniest guy on TV.
Teen, 13 years old Written bysanban6 July 22, 2010

:)

I like it, but most people aren't as mature.

What's the story?

In IMPORTANT THINGS WITH DEMETRI MARTIN, host Demetri Martin (who spent time as a writer on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and as a correspondent on The Daily Show) picks a topic -- for example, "power" -- and runs with it. All over the place. There's a little bit of stand-up, a little bit of sketch comedy, and a little bit of drawing, too. He also works in some music with live performances of original songs that he accompanies on guitar and harmonica.

Is it any good?

By marketing his show to teens and twentysomethings, Martin is playing his cards exactly right. After all, anyone older than his target audience might not get the joke. His style is low-tech (and often low-key), with a subtle nod to retro sensibilities ... and it is funny. But that doesn't necessarily mean it will catch on and become a hit.

The original song, "Me vs. You" -- in which Martin compares himself ("Me: Starving wolverine") with an unnamed enemy (You: Baby covered in pork chops") -- is a prime example of his flair for slacker irony. But as for this reviewer, well ... Me: Mildly amused. You? You might be, too.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way that younger people view Martin's humor versus the way older people might see it. Teens: What do you like about Martin's comedy style? Is there anything you dislike? Parents: Do you find Martin funny? Why or why not? Families can also discuss Martin's decision to go low-tech with his graphics and effects. Why do you think he took that approach, considering we live in an age in which technology drives everything?

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