Demetri Martin (a favorite comedian of mine) doesn’t just tell a joke—he prefers to demonstrate it in whatever way best suits the material. His new Wednesday-night Comedy Central series is a mix of stand-up, short sketches, music, and PowerPoint presentations, all with Martin’s oddball comic voice front and center. The show feels like a culmination of Martin’s long, varied comedy career—he’s served an extended stint as a writer on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, as a bit-parter in films and TV (Flight Of The Conchords), and as the occasional “Senior Youth Correspondent” on The Daily Show. Aside from Important Things—which, a few weeks ago, scored Comedy Central its biggest debut audience since 2003’s Chappelle’s Show—Martin stars in Ang Lee’s upcoming Taking Woodstock, the true story of Woodstock mastermind Elliot Tiber.
Martin spoke with The A.V. Club about his many thoughts on comedy, the revelations he’s found working on the show, and more on his palindrome-writing strategy. Read the interview HERE.