Air dates: February 11, 2009-April 15, 2010
Star: Demetri Martin
Important Things with Demetri Martin gave highbrow brainiacs a variety show they could call their own. Unlike other Comedy Central sketch programs like Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, Martin's series (executive produced by Jon Stewart) approached humor with a clinical, outside-the-box sensibility.
Each episode revolved around one central topic (i.e., "Power," "Money," "Nature") and featured the former The Daily Show correspondent playing the role of a Socrates-like philosopher and hosting faux infomercials, amongst other tactical bits, en route to producing mirth. Surprisingly, despite its headier conceit, Important Things with Demetri Martin lasted two full seasons. So did Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, however, so maybe we should be mad at Comedy Central here.