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If I--Learn Life Lessons And Palindromes by Ray Printer Friendly

I was emailed a YouTube link tonight. Demetri Martin. The text message sent to inform me of the email (because we live in that kind of world) said, "You've probably heard it, but I hadn't. And there were a couple of things that made me laugh extra hard."

I clicked the link (this one), and sure enough, I had heard it. You see, when I suffer from allergies all through the winter, and can't sleep more than an hour at a time, I use my mp3 player to watch Demetri Martin until I fall asleep. Which doesn't work too well, because when I watch him, I want to stay up and watch until the end.

Anyway, I got the email, I watched the video, and then I started watching the other stuff YouTube had to offer. And I came across his "If I" show. In a second, I'm going to post the link to part one. Before I do, though, I want to ramble for a bit.

I love Martin's style of comedy. Smart, but not above my head, peppered with just the right amount of ridiculousness. I can listen to the guy's stuff over and over, and even if I know what's coming, I don't get tired of listening to it.

But I hadn't heard "If I."

Until tonight.

I'll be honest with you, kids--I was surprised. Because instead of mundane humorous observations and jokes that make you almost wet yourself, the show incorporated aspects of his life that are obviously important to him. Things that reach into you and rub against your nerves and although it's still a comedy act, you know you're seeing a guy in confession.

And at the end, you're left thinking. Maybe not about stuff you want to be thinking about, or maybe stuff you're perfectly fine thinking about. I think it depends on how comfortable you are with your station in life.

So here they are. I really suggest you buy either his DVDs or CDs, instead of just mooching of YouTube, but whatever.

If you aren't going to do that, you should do yourself a favor and at least watch all the segments below.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

By the way--sorry about the various colored YouTube players. I was curious, so I tried them out. Then I was too lazy to change them back to regular gray.

posted 8/20/09

Entered By QueBella From The Comedy Club, two drink minimum
2009-08-20 06:02:02

I *love* Demetri Martin. Not as much, not nearly as much, not even close as much as all of us, we crazy fans of yours - Rockdale, Poncerrifica, and more, including me (stalkers not included) - love you, tho....

Entered By Ray From Austin
2009-08-21 03:22:35

Thanks, Bella. I stalk you, too. I meant love. Love, not stalk. In a platonic way, not in that creepy, I want to have sex with your slippers kind of way. Wait...none of this is coming out right. Let's start over. Thank you for the compliment. May I borrow your slippers?

Entered By Jsizzle From Backseat with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
2009-08-21 21:29:35

Can I, uh, get in on some of that slipper action when you're done with them, Ray? Mmm... Slipper seconds.

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