Do you like this story?
“The easier it is to draw the shape of a state,” says comedian Demetri Martin, “the harder it is to live in.”
Luckily for the 34-year-old, he moved with his parents from Brooklyn to the squiggly confines of New Jersey when his father, a Greek Orthodox priest, was assigned to a local parish. Martin grew up in Toms River, then graduated from Yale in 1995 and enrolled at the NYU School of Law.
“I planned on being a lawyer since age eleven,” he says. “When I finally got there, I realized it was boring.”
He quit law school and began doing stand-up comedy, then in 2003 got a job as a writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Last year he joined The Daily Show as the program’s youth correspondent. He’s now writing a screenplay for DreamWorks, Will, about a man living in a world where scribes in heaven write people’s destinies.
It appears exchanging a JD for a microphone wasn’t such a bad idea.
“It’s like treating life like after-school activities; what things do you really look forward to?” Martin says. “The next question is, how do I get money for that? I think if you can answer those two, then you probably found your career. For me, that happened to be stand-up.”
Marc Maron: The Stand-Up Notables Sit Down With
Delightfully Scrambled Egghead Demetri Martin
Seven Minutes to Kill
'Round the Clock at the Tick Tock
Joe Piscopo Get's Serious
Thank you for signing up!
Rosie has the latest news on NJ restaurant openings and closings.
A family of nine from North Jersey is one of three finalists in a Today Show poll seeking a modern-day version of the von Trapp family from “The Sound of Music.”
Comedian Richard Lewis, proud graduate of Englewood's Dwight Morrow High School, plays the Newton Theater in Newton, Friday, December 6, and the South Orange Performing Arts Center, Saturday, December 7. It's hard to believe, but he and I have known each other for 40 years. We hadn't talked in awhile, so I used the occasion to get on the phone with him and see how he's doing.
Looking for an intimate, casual, chic spot for your holiday gathering? Young entrepreneurs Sam Fertik and Aaron Nemani of Orange and Olive Caterers have just the thing.
If you're looking for some fun, chic, affordable gift ideas fast, check out C. Wonder. Whether you visit the Garden State Plaza store in Paramus or shop cwonder.com, you'll like their holiday goodies...