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Vivian Martinez (tambien Viviana Martínez como quieras), an Angelena, began performing comedy when she was 13 years old after a failed attempt at “science-y stuff.” Her credits include VICE, Super Deluxe, Buzzfeed, UCB’s Fresh Out! LA and NYC. She’s opened for Maria Bamford twice, Mike Birbiglia, and Nick Thune. She moderates and hosts at TriBeCa, LA Film Fest, AFI, Slamdance, and more.
She performs all over her home town of Los Angeles and recently received a UCB Diversity scholarship, again. In 2017 Vivian toured the East Coast, performing at Greenwich Village Comedy Club, the Tank, and the Boston Improv. She produces and hosts her own monthly show at Non Plus Ultra called “the Vivian show: starring other people but mostly Vivian.” She won the Funny Women’s Fest Stand Up Competition Dec. 2015 and now hosts their annual showcase.
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Vivian Martinez was born and raised in Los Angeles. She started performing improv in high school and hasn’t stopped. On and off the stage, Martinez fell in love with entertainment from musicals, to hosting variety shows, to writing, and even clowning. During college Martinez wrote, produced and directed an award winning one-act “The Night of the Frogs” which ran to sold out crowds and given an extended run. She had her plays included in several of her school’s annual reviews. Martinez was also an editor for the school paper with her own editorial column called “The Crumbs.” In 2007 she received her BA in Theatre Production and Direction from New England College where she graduated Cum Laude after spending a semester studying theatre abroad in Regent’s College London, UK.
Back in L.A. Martinez began writing and working in live theatre, eventually moving to improv joining Comedy Sportz where she performed weekly on the company’s Main Stage. Deciding to be more of an absurd dum dum she trained in the art of clown with John Gilkey and, long form improv at iO West with folks like Paul Vaillancourt, Holly Laurent and Dave Hill. She is currently studying improv at UCB after being awarded a UCB Diversity Scholarship in 2016. Martinez’ current poisons are hosting and stand up. She hosts and produces a monthly late night stand up comedy show on the iO West MainStage (the Vivian Show: starring other people but mostly Vivian). She is the official host of the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, and Dum Dum Zine in Los Angeles. She’s hosted many live events like The Funny Women’s Fest, Echo Park Rising (Stories Books and Cafe, 2016), Politicon (Pasadena Convention Center 2016), A Rally For Bernie (the Hi Hat- Highland Park, CA 2016).
Martinez also loves film and hosts many q&a’s and discussions at festivals like Tribeca, Slamdance, AFI, and Bentonville.
Martinez has performed stand-up on shows like Ron Lynch’s “TOMORROW show”, UCB’s “Fresh OUT LA!” with Emily Heller and Maria Bamford, and Josh Fadem’s “A New Stand Up Show.” In 2015 she won the Funny Women’s Fest Stand Up Competition. In April 2015 Vivian took her monthly iO west show (the Vivian Show: starring other people but mostly Vivian) at Baby Grand in Tribeca, NYC. On this “mini-tour” she also performed at Greenwich Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy, Dark Horse Comedy Club, The Grisley Pear, The Pit basement.
She continues to write, her work has been published by Blunderbuss Magazine, the New England Review and Dum Dum Zine. She is the “Voice of Slamdance Film Festival,” and is currently writing for a series called Snap News. Martinez also loves photography and has hung pieces in a few galleries in Los Angeles including the Morono Kiang, her polaroid series is currently up at the Clubhouse.
All art and media on this site is my, viv’s, intellectual property and generated by me; unless I note otherwise… like the photo above, obviously I didn’t take that… that’s crazy talk, Ian Stroud took that photo – he’s great. Also Casey Kringlen took my headshot and that gif was made by Suzy Mae.