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Money Is An Important Thing, Demetri Martin Edition…

February 27th, 2010 · 2 Comments
Just For Fun

I *heart* Demetri Martin. I mean, come on…Yale grad who dropped out of law school because he decided that (nerdy) stand up comedy was his calling? (I will admit that this setup would be much less appealing were he not actually successful at the comedy thing.) So when I heard that his show, appropriately titled Important Things with Demetri Martin, had an episode with money as the important thing, I was very psyched. After all, money *is* an important thing, and there’s so much possibility for econ-y jokes that I can’t even stand it.

Not shockingly, I think my expectations were a little high. It’s not that the show wasn’t good, I guess, it just wasn’t as literally money-oriented as I would have liked. Money is a great topic since it can create a lot of socially-awkward situations. For example, he could have done a sketch illustrating the game theory involved in splitting the bill at a restaurant. Or a sketch based on this cartoon:

Maybe I’ll just have to take matters into my own hands with this. In the meantime, here’s a clip from the money episode of Important Things:


Important Things with Demetri Martin Thursday, 10:00pm / 9:00c
Money – New Expressions
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The full episode is still in rotation on Comedy Central, and you can see more clips here. In addition, here are two of my favorite clips from the series:

“Greater than or equal to” isn’t just for math anymore…


Important Things with Demetri Martin Thursday, 10:00pm / 9:00c
Games – Greater Than or Equal To
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Joke of the Day Stand-Up Comedy Free Online Games

My favorite, however, is the “Emotional Escape Artist”…


Important Things with Demetri Martin Thursday, 10:00pm / 9:00c
Games – Emotional Escape Artist
www.comedycentral.com
Joke of the Day Stand-Up Comedy Free Online Games


Finally, while we’re on the subject of money being an important thing, you will notice that I am playing around with some Amazon.com widgets. I’m trying to figure out how to get them to effectively deliver relevant good deals for you, which ultimately helps me as well. (I think I will have to resort to manually adding things that are interesting to me, which isn’t the end of the world, just a little labor intensive.) In economics, we call that a Pareto improvement, which is a change that makes some people better off without making any others worse off.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 tamara // Feb 28, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    “I think I will have to resort to manually adding things that are interesting to me, which isn’t the end of the world, just a little labor intensive.”
    Just as intensive as laying down railroads xD man, this generation has it really good.
    Hey! if you like comedy you could search for Lewis Black on youtube.com, he has some comments about economy that are funny.

  • 2 hrao // Aug 19, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    fuk u tard
    street is the best school all knows that u losr

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