Photograph: Mandee Johnson Photography
Christina Catherine Martinez
Conceptually highbrow and physically slapstick, Martinez’s work is a heady combination. Sometimes it’s peppered with song, dance and characters. Sometimes it’s a scripted, faux-dramatic scene study. Always, it’s a window into an enlightened id. While pulling an apron over her head, she introduces a bit titled, “How to bake a cake in the digital age.” The following stream of consciousness does not make good on the title’s promise, but it does discuss “that middle class cosplay known as brunch,” and referentially joke, “You know that thing, when you’re still reeling from the broken promises of the industrial age?” The L.A. native was a gallery director before discovering comedy, and she still works as an art critic. Her inventive, experimental voice scored her a spot in the writers’ room on the Eric Andre Show and in the ensemble behind FX’s short-film series, Cake.
The funniest thing about L.A.: “Nothing is sacred. I went to a party at Hollywood Forever Cemetery where people were dancing on gravestones while sipping corporate-sponsored cocktails laced with B12. I hope my death will one day be the (literal) foundation for such resonant abandon.”
See Martinez in Talent at UCB Franklin on Jan 21 at 11pm, in Weirdo Night at Zebulon on Feb 2 at 7pm, and in Hot Tub’s 15 Year Anniversary Show at the Virgil on Feb 24 at 8pm. Follow her on her website, on Twitter at @xtina_catherine and Instagram at @xtina_catherine.