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Law School Dropout
Makes Case as a Comic

by JANE RINZLER BUCKINGHAM
The New York Times
July 7, 2004

Demetri Martin is the latest heartthrob to hit the comedy scene. Soon to join the ranks of Jon Stewart and Jimmy Fallon, the Yale grad was at NYU law school when he realized he was more attracted to stand-up than heavy textbooks. He subsequently dropped out and got into the comedy circuit.

His self-obsessive one-man show, "If I ... ," which he wrote, performs, scored and even sewed the costume for, garnered awards at festivals in Aspen and Edinburgh, Scotland.

Since then he's been working on a movie script based on the show, has appeared on and/or written for TV shows such as "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "The Daily Show," and has been in talks with the U.K.'s Channel 4 for a possible television series. Currently, he's performing a new one-man show, "Spiral Bound," at New York's epicenter of comedy, the Upright Citizens Brigade.