Dan Mintz is the new guy at the Comedy Cellar, and he couldn’t be happier about it. At least that’s what Mintz told me last weekend before going up for another spot. He’s on the schedule this Saturday, and again on Tuesday-Wednesday. If you cannot imagine Mintz playing to a Cellar crowd on a Saturday night, then you don’t have an imagination — because throwing Mintz and his one-liners in between crowd-working New York comics is such a jolt to the system that audiences love him even more. So much, at points, that they even have gotten Mintz to crack up and break his vocal rhythm. Good times.

Mintz has been in New York City the past few months working on Demetri Martin’s upcoming Comedy Central show (Important Things with Demetri Martin), which should follow the Chappelle’s Show format: Martin hosting and talking/joking with the crowd between taped sketches. Mintz said he only has been in one sketch so far. But look for Jon Benjamin to show up in a lot of the bits. Debut: 2009?