Demetri Martin

  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian
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Fast Facts

  • Loved skateboarding as a kid—even had half-pipes in his backyard.
  • Worked at his family's Greek food stand in Seaside Heights, NJ, as a kid.
  • Influences include Steven Wright, Far Side cartoonist Gary Larson and Bill Cosby.
  • Never contemplated a career in comedy until he was in law school.
  • Dropped out of law school, giving up a full scholarship, after two years in order to pursue comedy.
  • Interned at The Daily Show when Craig Kilborn was host; later returned to the show with his own segment in 2005.
  • Won the prestigious Perrier award at the 2003 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Awards

  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 2016, Tribeca Film Festival — Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature: Winner

Relationships

  • Dinah — Grandmother
  • Dean Martin — Father
  • Jen — Ex-wife
  • Lillian Martin — Mother

College

  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (BA in History, 1995); attended New York University, School of Law, New York, New York, United States

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