Comedy The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners  

Chris Abraham
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There's no question that Demetri Martin has come up with some of the funniest one-liners in the history of modern comedy, but which are his absolute best jokes? Citing Steven Wright as one of his influences, Martin often delivers his one liners while playing guitar, which can best be seen on his special called "These Are Jokes." Demetri has been performing comedy for over 15 years, and in that time he's written some of the best one-liners of all time. His subject matter covers everything from batteries to swimming pools, and everything in between. What are Demitri Martin's best lines? Cast your votes here. 

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The worst time to have a heart... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades.

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I was on the street. This guy ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I was on the street. This guy waved to me, and he came up to me and said, i'm sorry, I thought you were someone else. And I said, I am.

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If I had a bookstore, I would ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
If I had a bookstore, I would make all the mystery novels hard to find.

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A know-it-all is a person who ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
A know-it-all is a person who knows everything except for how annoying he is.

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I think one of the most ground... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I think one of the most groundbreaking inventions of all time is the jackhammer.

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The easiest time to add insult... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
The easiest time to add insult to injury is when you're signing somebody's cast.

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One time, I was riding the esc... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
One time, I was riding the escalator and I tripped. I fell down the stairs for an hour and a half.

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I need to develop some patienc... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I need to develop some patience — immediately.

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Whenever i'm on my compute... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
Whenever i'm on my computer, I don't type 'lol'. I type 'lqtm' - laugh quietly to myself. It's more honest.

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The bird, the bee, the running... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
The bird, the bee, the running child are all the same to the sliding glass door.

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I bought a dictionary, and the... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I bought a dictionary, and the first thing I did was look up dictionary… it said “you’re an assh*le.”

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‘employee of the month’ is a g... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
‘employee of the month’ is a good example of how somebody can be both a winner and a loser at the same time.

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I used to play sports. Then I ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I used to play sports. Then I realized you can buy trophies.

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I was making pancakes the othe... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I was making pancakes the other day, and a fly flew into the kitchen. And that's when I realized that a spatula is a lot like a fly swatter. And a crushed fly is a lot like a blueberry. And a roommate is a lot like a fly eater.

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I wonder what the word for dot... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I wonder what the word for dots looks like in braille.

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This summer I learned that the... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
This summer I learned that there’s a difference between peeing in the pool and peeing into the pool.

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I wanna buy a bunch of hermit ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I wanna buy a bunch of hermit crabs and make them live together.

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When you have a fat friend, th... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
When you have a fat friend, there are no see-saws… only catapults.

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I saw a transvestite wearing a... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I saw a transvestite wearing a t-shirt that said 'guess.'

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If you’re a battery, you’re ei... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
If you’re a battery, you’re either working or you’re dead… it’s a sh*t life.

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I wanna make a jigsaw puzzle t... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I wanna make a jigsaw puzzle that's 40,000 pieces, and when you finish it, it says 'go outside.'

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About a month ago, I got a cac... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
About a month ago, I got a cactus. A week later, it died. I was really depressed because I was like, "damn! I am less nurturing than a desert.”

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I think statues are great; the... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I think statues are great; they show what great people would look like if a bird shit all over them.

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I wrapped my Christmas present... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I wrapped my Christmas presents early this year, but I used the wrong paper. See, the paper I used said "happy birthday." I didn’t want to waste it, so I just wrote "jesus" on it.

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When you get dressed in the mo... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
When you get dressed in the morning, sometimes you’re really making a decision about your behavior for the day. Like if you put on flipflops, you’re saying: "hope I don’t get chased today."

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Glitter is the herpes of craft... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
Glitter is the herpes of craft supplies.

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I went into a clothes store an... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I went into a clothes store and a lady came up to me and said if you need anything, i'm jill. I've never met anyone with a conditional identity before.

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Relationships, like eyebrows, ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
Relationships, like eyebrows, are better when there is space between them.

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Hiking is just walking where i... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
Hiking is just walking where it’s OK to pee.

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I bought a new pair of pajamas... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I bought a new pair of pajamas with pockets, which is great, cause now I don’t have to hold things when I sleep.

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Saying 'i'm sorry'... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
Saying 'i'm sorry' is the same as saying, ' I apologize.' Except at a funeral.

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When they were naming the anim... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
When they were naming the animals, somebody got lazy… "what's he doing?" "eating ants." "done!"

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If you can't tell a spoon ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
If you can't tell a spoon from a ladle, then you're fat.

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I think it’s interesting that ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I think it’s interesting that ‘cologne’ rhymes with ‘alone.’

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The digital camera is a great ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
The digital camera is a great invention because it allows us to reminisce. Instantly.

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I bought a clock, and then the... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I bought a clock, and then the big hand broke off it. I didn’t want to throw it away, so I just added -ish to every number.

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Siamese twins are interesting ... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
Siamese twins are interesting because they are the only people who can write a biography and an autobiography at the same time.

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It is illegal to yell “fire” i... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
It is illegal to yell “fire” in a crowded theater. If there is a fire, please yell something else instead, like “flames!” Or “smoke maker!” Or “bad hot!

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Hot potato is a very different... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
Hot potato is a very different game when the people playing are starving.

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Fact: the plastic knife is per... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
Fact: the plastic knife is perfect for when a person just wants to make some marks on his food and get insanely frustrated at the same time.

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I like when good things happen... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I like when good things happen to me, but I wait two weeks to tell anyone because I like to use the word 'fortnight.'

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I think they should put pies o... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I think they should put pies on the fronts of trains, so that when they hit something, it's at least a little bit funny.

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I’m afraid of sharks – but onl... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I’m afraid of sharks – but only in a water situation.

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I keep a lighter in my back po... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I keep a lighter in my back pocket all the time. I'm not a smoker; I just really like certain songs.

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A drunk driver is very dangero... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
A drunk driver is very dangerous. So is a drunk backseat driver if he's persuasive. "dude, make a left. Those are trees. Trust me."

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Never be less interesting than... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
Never be less interesting than your refrigerator magnets.

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My plumbing is all screwed up.... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
My plumbing is all screwed up. Because it turns out, I do not own a garbage disposal.

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Hotel conundrum: the continent... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
Hotel conundrum: the continental breakfast. What is it that makes continents so sh*tty at providing an adequate breakfast?

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I wonder what the most intelli... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
I wonder what the most intelligent thing ever said was that started with the word "dude." "dude, these are isotopes." "dude, we removed your kidney."

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To me a bumper sticker is a sh... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Demetri Martin One-Liners
To me a bumper sticker is a shortcut. It's like a little sign that says hey, let's never hang out.