Demetri Martin' grandma is a hip lady. Not only is she related to one of comedy' newest stars, she also does the introduction for his first stand-up/music album. With an innocent Eastern European accent, she greets us: "Hello, I'm Demetri' grandma and I welcome you all and I hope you like this CD we made." These Are Jokes
is saturated with similarly cutesy touches that, if you're the cynical type, might make you think Martin is a little too impressed with himself. But the quirky subject matter and speedy pace end up resulting in a hilariously ballsy debut from the current
Trendspotter, and future household name.
After an opening theme song of sorts, Martin stalls the way his old boss Conan O'Brien does: by talking about the show and how many jokes it' going to have in it. At this point, you may be wondering whether buying a comedian' album was a wise choice when you can see one perform on YouTube for about $14 less. Fortunately, he soon launches into his jokes-yes, they are jokes; not long rambling bits-and you start to appreciate Martin as the more adorable, and sober, Mitch Hedberg that he is.
Many of the one-liners are as dry as "Update"-era Norm Macdonald' bits: "The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades, especially if your teammates are bad guessers. The only time worse would be during a game of Fake Heart Attack." Martin' at his best when he' taking us through such slightly sinister thoughts. Hell, let' see another one. "Every fight is a food fight"Â¦when you're a cannibal."