Most fans of Demetri Martin would probably agree that the comedian's appearances on The Daily Show weren't the best venue for his talents. Martin excels when he has time to lure you into his universe, sneakily weaving what seem like meandering, innocuous non-sequiturs into hilarious patchworks.

Most fans of Demetri Martin would probably agree that the comedian's appearances on The Daily Show weren't the best venue for his talents. Martin excels when he has time to lure you into his universe, sneakily weaving what seem like meandering, innocuous non-sequiturs into hilarious patchworks.

How wonderful, then, that Martin is getting his own show.

Important Things combines standup, sketches, music and animation into half-hour blocks devoted to a single subject. Sometimes they're broad ("Timing," "Power"); other times they're narrow (one upcoming episode is about "Chairs").

He knowingly tackles these topics with the proud, bashful smile of a child presenting his latest crayon masterpiece.

Martin's precocious shtick will probably grate on the same people that can't stand Belle and Sebastian albums. But the hipsters and geeks who love his standup will be just as enamored with his show, from the goofy-but-understated musical numbers to the makeshift play and pause buttons, scrawled on index cards, that bookend commercial breaks.

Many such factors combine to make this a Chappelle's Show for the Wes Anderson set. It's cutesy and self-aware, and though it's rarely riotous, it's highly amusing on a consistent basis, making Important Things less appointment viewing than excitement viewing - that is, it will have fans eagerly exclaiming, "Oh, I love this show!" when they stumble upon it while channel surfing.