New York alt.comedians conquer again. It’s just been made official that Comedy Central has picked up Demetri Martin‘s new tv show for ’08. Martin’s a downtown standby and a featured contributor on The Daily Show and his show will be produced by Jon Stewart‘s Busboy Productions.
Important Things With Demetri Martin will be Busboy’s second series for Comedy Central since they signed a deal in 2005; The Colbert Report was the first (and, hey! Stephen Colbert is one of our Golden Boa winners). Here’s the good word from the Hollywood Reporter:
In his show, Martin will alternate between taped sketches and stand-up performances in front of a studio audience. The network has struck gold with this format before, including with Chappelle’s Show and Mind of Mencia, which received a fourth-season order Tuesday. But Lauren Corrao, executive vp original programming and development at Comedy Central, noted that Martin’s style of humor is nothing like the sketch shows the network has previously tried. The pilot puts Martin’s sly, thoughtful manner to use by having all the segments riff on “the important things” about… chairs. Future episodes will give the same treatment to everything from apples to “what happens after we die,” she said.
Congrats to Demetri… But can someone explain why Mencia is still on the air? Does anyone find him funny? Anyone?