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Vivian Martinez (tambien Viviana Martínez como quieras), an Angelena, began performing comedy after a failed attempt at “science-y stuff.” She’s currently a co-host on “El Rey Nation!” on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network. She’s opened for Nick Thune, written for VICE, been in numerous Super Deluxe, and Buzzfeed videos and has been performing in Los Angeles since she was 13.
She’s performed stand up all over L.A. (Hollywood Improv, the Virgil, the Lyric etc) and the East Coast (Greenwich Village CC, Dark Horse CC, Boston Improv etc.) You might have heard her on The Nooner on Kevin Smith’s SMODcast network. Martinez also acts and sings, a short she was in premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019, and in 2018 play Bombalurina in a production of C*ts dir. by Orin Calcgane and Ember Knight. She also moderates and hosts at film festivals, including TriBeCa, Sundance, L.A. Film Fest, AFI, and Slamdance. She produces and hosts her own show, “the Vivian show: starring other people but mostly Vivian” at Non Plus Ultra. Martinez recently received her third UCB Diversity scholarship for improv, she won the Funny Women’s Fest Stand Up Competition 2016, still loves science, singing and, is also an accomplished photographer and projectionist.
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, Casey Kringlen took that, that gif was made by Suzy Mae, the tape recorder pic is my girl Lee Jameson and @laurentakespix took the popcorn one.
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 her third UCB Diversity Scholarship. She hosted and produced a monthly late night show on the iO West MainStage (the Vivian Show: starring other people but mostly Vivian) and now takes it on the road! it’s been to New York and curently lives at Non Plus Ultra. She is the official host of the Angaelica 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, Spirit Awards 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 2016 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. You can also see her on El Rey Nation! 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.