Top 50 Stand-Up Comedians: Demetri Martin, Martin Lawrence


demetrimartin46. Demetri Martin

I have a soft spot in my heart for Demetri Martin. He doesn’t have the large body of work that some of the others on this list do, but his unique style earns his spot. There’s nothing quite like a Demetri Martin show.

Part musical theater, part Mitch-Hedberg-style-detached-joke-telling, and part slide-show of hilarious imagery, Martin tends to be unforgettable once you’ve seen him. It’s also nice to have someone legitimately hysterical who is also (mostly) family friendly.

45. Martin Lawrence

His career reminds me a lot of Carmelo Anthony’s. He is just overflowing with talent and charisma but just happened to come on the scene and peak during the time of Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle. History doesn’t remember him as well, but there was a time when Lawrence was as on his game as any of his peers.

In the “thing-we-aren’t-counting-for-this-list” category, I would also like to add that Blue Streak – co-starring Lawrence and Luke Wilson, with a guest appearance from Chapelle – is one of the most underrated comedies of all time.

He’s been doing his thing for a long time and there have been ups and downs but his longevity is much to his credit and just like Carmelo his career numbers show he belongs in the hall of fame.


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Drew Creasman (or DC for short) is a writer and podcaster for POP CULTURE SPIN, BMF SPORTS, and the Colorado Rockies SBNation affiliate Purple Row. He also works independently as a singer-songwriter in the Boulder and Denver areas. Drew is "analytics curious" and constantly seeks to understand as many different possible ways of looking at and understanding sports whether it be diving deep into the newest available numbers or casting them all aside for a moment and relying solely on the eyes.

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