John Martin was born and bred in Liverpool. The son of a magician/ventriloquist who once worked with the Beatles, John grew up loving tales of show business and collecting jokes.
At the age of 20 he became Britain’s first-ever Government sponsored comedian. He was awarded £40 per week under the Enterprise Allowance Scheme which led to another award – ‘Comedian of the Year’ chosen by the readers of The Liverpool Echo Newspaper.
John’s outstanding talent is comedy, both as a performer and a writer. He has the unique ability to tailor his material perfectly to suit the wide range of work that today’s business demands.
Companies requiring the ultimate professional have called upon John’s services to entertain at their dinners where his expertise enables him to weave requested company information into his performances and where, being a writer of topical comedy, he is always fresh and up-to-date with his material. This originality coupled with his encyclopaedic knowledge of jokes makes John a true master of comedy! This was confirmed by a journalist who described him as a ‘human joke factory’ when John smashed the World Record for continuous joke telling which lasted an amazing 101 hours 39 minutes – an incredible feat!
John has an extraordinary gift of ad-lib and whether it is a corporate or cabaret performance he enjoys utilising this talent to the full, often receiving standing ovations for his razor-sharp wit. His ability to do this, with rapier-like speed, has earned John the title ‘The World’s First Interactive Comedian’.
John is also very much in demand by people with knowledge and power; having performed for the Institute of Directors and at The Houses of Parliament. He has also performed for the Labour Party and at the Conservative Party Conference Dinner. So impressed were the latter organisers that they immediately booked John’s services for the following year.
When organising major events it is imperative that the Comedian/Host not only ‘delivers the goods’, but does so without offending his audience and it is here that John’s ability is par excellence, be it After Dinner Speaking; Corporate Hospitality; Sporting Functions; Weddings; Company Events; Product Launches or Hosting Award Ceremonies.
Performance: 1 x 40 Minutes
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“You managed not only to provide one of the best stand-up routines I have ever heard, but your comedy without sexist, racist or religious overtones kept us all entertained for well over an hour. It is always a refreshing surprise and delight to find an after-dinner speaker who can rely on wit rather than base humour. Your performance was very conducive to our evening and very topical together with being extremely funny.”
“It is with utmost gratitude that I thank you for your performance aboard the Queen Mary 2 during her Maiden Voyage. The guests clearly enjoyed your performance, and it was a great pleasure to work with you. I look forward to seeing you again in the very near future.”
Cunard – Queen Mary 2 Cruise Liner
“Thank you so much for your terrific shows here on the Legend of the Seas. Two packed houses and standing ovations, what can I say? Your humour and audience interaction was amazing; it was so nice to see the audience having the time of their life. I have been stopped all day today by very happy and complimentary guests regarding your show. Thanks again.”
Royal Caribbean – Legend of the Seas Cruise Ship
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