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The Director of 'The Artist' Is Making a Zach Galifianakis Comedy

Zach Galifianakis is teaming up with Oscar-winning French director Michel Hazanavicius to make a movie. Hazanavicius, who won an Academy Award for directing The Artist two years ago, has been hired to direct the upcoming Zach Galifianakis comedy Will, Variety reports. Paul Rudd is also in talks ot play the other lead in Will. The movie, which has been in development since 2006, takes place in a world where everyone has guardian angels and follows an ordinary guy named Will (Rudd) whose guardian angel (Galifianakis) stops showing up to work and leaves him without a "script" for his life. Hazanavicius says he hopes to shoot he movie later this year [...]

Preview Demetri Martin's New Stand-Up Special

Were you expecting that applause break for the bit about tap dancers? Everyone was like, "Preach on, man. We need to send a message to all those tap dancers that live above us." If it's such an epidemic, why doesn't the mayor pass some ordinance which demands all tap dancers live in ground floor apartments? Below watch Demetri bust out the guitar and tell some more jokes. It's all from his new stand-up special that premieres on September 29 at 10/9c on Comedy Central. Everyone should watch it, except fucking tap dancers.

Demetri Martin Working on an Animated Show for Fox

Time to send that easel back to the great…Easel Maker in the sky: Fox is reportedly getting close to a presentation order for Demetri Martin's animated show. Executive produced and voiced in part by Martin, the show is apparently "a family workplace comedy set in the California Redwoods," the description of which makes me imagine different woodland creatures in cubicles, sporting Demetri's bowl cut.

Demetri Martin Asks "Who Am I?" in the New Yorker

In the latest issue of the New Yorker, Demetri Martin contributes a piece called "Who Am I?" to Shouts and Murmurs. A taste: I am bravery. I am courage. I am valor. I am daring. I am holding a thesaurus.

I am the sun. I am the moon. I am the rain, I am the earth. I am these when I am taking mushrooms with Kevin. I am good friends with Kevin. I am not sure what Kevin’s last name is.

I am sometimes referred to as Excuse Me in an annoyed tone of voice, because apparently I am in the way. I am so sorry. I am [...]

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: Demetri Martin's 'Point Your Face at This'

If you've ever seen a Demetri Martin standup set, special, or Comedy Central TV sketch-variety show, you've probably seen some of his drawings. Now you can see a whole book of them called Point Your Face at This: Drawings, available starting this week. The book follows Martin's bestselling debut This is a Book which was full of some longer prose comedy, but this new one focuses more on pictures, diagrams, and short humor. The title is pretty straightforward so you probably know what you're getting yourself into if you get this.

Comedy Central Offers Its Fall Schedule and New Specials from Demetri Martin and Chris Hardwick

As time goes on, Comedy Central becomes less and less comedy's center but, as their fall schedule can attest, they still have some tricks up their sleeves. One being T.J. Miller's Mash Up, which has stand-ups like Hannibal Buress, Pete Holmes, and Reggie Watts perform sets, from which sketches are then performed. Comedy Central also announced their next few stand-up specials, which includes a new hour from Demetri Martin, Chris Hardwick, D.L. Hughley, and, so it goes, Jeff Dunham. Of course, Key & Peele and South Park will be back. Check out all the premiere dates below, if you dare…which you should because there's literally no danger in [...]

Demetri Martin: From His Notebook To This Is a Book

As his comedic focus shifts from stand-up to his new book of essays This Is A Book, Demetri Martin discusses how to determine which medium is right for which joke, taking pains not to blow his A material on the social media set: "I think the one-liners are just the easiest to disseminate because they’re very short, and like you said, they fit into tweets. But I try to avoid putting my act on Twitter. That’s just a dumb thing."

Demetri Martin to Create a Show for CBS

The bad news: Comedy Central is officially not picking up Important Things with Demetri Martin for a third season. The good news: Demetri Martin just signed a deal with CBS to write, produce and star in his own project, presumably one based on a jokey Twitter account.

Talking with Demetri Martin about Cold Weather, Political Jokes, and His New Stand-Up Special

Tomorrow night at 10PM EST, Demetri Martin returns to Comedy Central for his newest stand-up special Demetri Martin. Standup Comedian. It's been almost two and a half years since we last saw Martin onscreen on Important Things, but he's since kept himself busy working on his stand-up, screenplays, and second book Point Your Face at This., which comes out in March 2013. Earlier this week, I got a chance to chat with Martin about his upcoming special, his penchant for simplicity, and the best temperature for joke-telling.

So first how was your summer? What kind of things have you been working on?

Well, I’ve been [...]

Who Cares About Joke Stealing?

Unpopular Opinions is a new weekly column in which a writer takes a stand against popular opinion, whether it's asserting the true merit of a supposedly guilty pleasure or dissenting against the universally lauded.

Joke “stealing” is not a new phenomenon. Hell, Milton Berle basically made a career out of it, earning himself the nickname, “The Thief of a Bad Gag.” With the rise of the Internet and cellphone cameras, however, it seems like fans have started to care more. But how did something that used to only be a comedy community matter give birth to a legion of joke vigilantes?

Let’s start with a couple examples.

Example [...]

This Is a Review of This Is a Book by Demetri Martin

This is a review of a book entitled This is a Book by Demetri Martin. The book was written by Demetri Martin, of course. The title is not the only reason, however, why it could not have possibly been written by anyone else.

There has always been a matter-of-fact post-modernism to the way Demetri Martin packages himself, and his literary debut is a remarkable translation of that unique aesthetic into book form. (That the author designed the jacket and cover artwork himself suggests that this process was a labor of love.) Several self-aware touches adorn the book, poking fun at the medium: a sly mock-tutorial, “How to read [...]