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Demetri Martin on Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show writeup

April 18, 2011

Demetri Martin appeared on the April 17th episode of Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show, a weekly video podcast hosted by Kevin Pollak. Viewers can stream it live on ustream every week and write in their own questions and comments for Kevin, his friends, and the guest. I missed the live streaming but the lovely people over at KPCS put the entire show up on youtube and iTunes the next day, so let’s get to it.

If for any reason you’d like to skip straight to the interview, it starts at about 27 minutes in.

Highlights include an engrossing story about Demetri’s time as a White House intern, auditioning for Woody Allen in his Paris hotel suite, and Demetri’s best Larry King impression. Random fact: It took Demetri Martin one summer to write “This Is A Book.” We also get a glimpse at his notebooks and creative process. He was on to promote This Is A Book, so check that out if you haven’t yet. Not like from a library. I mean buy it.

I also enjoyed Demetri’s passing reference to a Chuck Close exhibit he went to see. Because I also was fascinated by a Chuck Close book I read and ended up going to an exhibit of his work at the Met about 6 or so years ago, and had a similar reaction to the actual size of the works. I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone else mention Chuck Close, so it was a nice moment for me.

Kevin Pollak had some good points about twitter as well, when he said that sometimes his followers try, and usually fail, to respond to funny tweets with their own jokes. I wrote a little about that in my post about why Demetri should get a twitter (before he had one) here. I feel validated now, so thanks, Kevin.

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