Comedian, actor and New York Times best-selling author Demetri Martin will bring his Wandering Mind Tour to the Ridgefield Playhouse on Feb. 16. He\u2019s been a contributor to The Daily Show, hosted his own Comedy Central show called Important Things with Demetri Martin, wrote for Late Night with Conan O\u2019Brien, and wrote, directed and starred in the 2016 indie film, Dean.Martin grew up in suburban New Jersey and is known for his unconventional comedic style. The 1995 Yale graduate and author of three books recently spoke to Brad Durrell.Brad Durrell: What should people expect at the show? Demetri Martin: I love one-liners so I\u2019ll have plenty of these in my show, but I like experimenting and am always willing to play with the formula a bit. Over the years, I\u2019ve done a couple of these one-person shows. They\u2019re like theater shows, with a narrative structure and more story-based. I incorporate drawings and play music.The tour should be my chance to put the pieces together \u2014 new jokes, drawings, musical bits and stories \u2014 so the whole is greater than the parts.BD: What else are you doing these days?DM: I\u2019m working on a script for a TV series. I have a script deal but that doesn\u2019t mean it will necessarily go anywhere. I\u2019m really hoping it does. And I have a new movie I\u2019m writing. So I\u2019m in the rebuilding stage, you could say.Compared to stand-up, it takes a lot longer to write TV shows and movies because so many more people are involved, such as the production company, TV network or streaming service you're trying to sell it to.Dean was an independent film. I wrote the script, found the money, convinced actors to do it, put together the crew. You do everything \u2014 it\u2019s like starting a business from scratch. That\u2019s where I find myself with my new film idea. It\u2019s an independent film and I\u2019ll end up directing it. This can feel like pushing a bunch of boulders up a hill as quickly as you can so you don\u2019t get crushed.BD: How do you like performing live compared to writing, acting and directing?DM: I still like performing live. It\u2019s the travel part \u2014 and I\u2019m sure a lot of comics and musicians would echo this \u2014 that\u2019s really hard, especially in the post-TSA era. It kind of gets exhausting. I have two young children now and it\u2019s just harder. When I\u2019m on stage, I love it, but the other parts can be a drag.BD: Who\u2019s your favorite comedian?DM: Growing up in the 1980s, Stephen Wright was my favorite. He was the first comic I saw that made me see stand-up differently. He really intrigued me.When I was really young, I didn\u2019t know any of Richard Pryor\u2019s stand-up routines \u2014 only knew him from movies. Then over the years I finally caught up with him and, wow, I can see why he\u2019s one of the greats. Chris Rock \u2014 he\u2019s a guy I\u2019ve always admired. People really respect him and how he does his work. Also, Ellen DeGeneres \u2014 growing up, I remember her great material and rhythm \u2014 as well as Andy Kaufman and Bob Newhart\u2019s stuff, although he wasn\u2019t really from my generation. I feel like I\u2019m always discovering new people.BD: What\u2019s the best job you ever had?DM: Looking back I\u2019m so grateful for the opportunities and breaks, such as when I made my TV series for Comedy Central and my own film. But in some ways I was miserable at the time due to all the work.So perhaps it\u2019s when I got to write for Conan O\u2019Brien. It was 2003 and my first show business job. Conan was still at Late Night, at 30 Rock. He was a great guy to work for, with excellent writers, staff and crew. This was after struggling for awhile, with temp jobs and trying stand-up. It was validating to get a paycheck for writing jokes, like I was finding my way in.I only worked there for a year because I took a risk and quit. I wanted to go out and do stand-up by myself again.Of course, I\u2019m not super successful or famous, just grateful to be working in comedy. It took me a while to get even a TV spot. No one ever says you\u2019re officially a comedian, so a lot of us look for those things that provide validation, like getting paid for writing or performing jokes.