Review: Demetri Martin, “The Overthinker” (Netflix)

Demetri Martin went all in on the theme for his Netflix special, The Overthinker.

Even in the trailer, which doesn’t show you much of anything from the new hour.

Which isn’t all necessarily new.

You may recognize a bit or two from his old Comedy Central series, or from his more recent directorial big-screen debut, Dean.

That said, as I wrote in my review for Decider:

What sets Martin apart is his eye. His attention to detail, not just as an illustrator of cartoons, but with the camera lens, the split screens, the choice to start his second Netflix special mid-joke or abruptly cut into and out of bits. No wonder he calls his 2018 hour Demetri Martin: The Overthinker. In fact, after that first onstage observation about squirrels, the comedian/artist/actor/writer/director throws his voice offscreen to present director’s commentary, talking us through his thought process, straight through the opening credits, before segueing back to the next joke.

If you like your jokes with charts and graphs and illustrations, and don’t want to think quite as hard as Martin, then this is an hour for you.

Sean L. McCarthy

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