Tragedy Plus Time: Vancouver-based Comedian Martin Navarro

Martin Navarro is a comedian based out of Vancouver who got his running start in comedy at an open mic event in Winnipeg. Though it may seem strange, Martin had an innate fear of public speaking, but a friend suggested he try stand-up due to how funny he always was in small groups and parties. Fast-forward to present day, and Martin is running a comedy show in Gastown at Clough Club and also hosts a comedy podcast. We sat down with him for a few minutes to discuss his comedic approach.

Martin Navarro

How would you describe your comedy style?

I like to base my jokes on things that have happened to me personally. I am naturally curious which gets me into some funny situations.

Who are some of your influences?

My friends and family are huge influences. I am surrounded by people who like to laugh a lot. When I was just a child my grandfather used to tell me a nursery rhyme in Tagalog that was not appropriate for children. But listening to it now as an adult it always makes me laugh.

Who was your favourite comedian growing up?

Eddie Murphy hands down. I remember seeing Delirious when I was a kid in the 80s. That red leather suit stood out.

Who is your favourite comedian now?

My favourite comedian at the moment is Bill Burr. His joke writing is amazing and pairs well with his delivery style. Also, the Boston accent is my favourite.

What is your pre-show ritual?

I like to go for a walk during the day to clear my head. I arrive at the venue an hour early and have two shots of Jameson and go over my notes before I go on stage.

What is your favourite place you have performed? Why?

One of my favourite spots is Full Pint Comedy at Castaway Bar on Tuesdays. The people who run the room put on a great show every week with some great comedians.

What is your favourite bit you have written and why were you proud of it?

I used to live in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I have a joke that I wrote when I moved to Vancouver in 2019. I compare Winnipeg to Florida. It was the first joke I wrote that involved audience participation. I use it as my closing joke and it always gets a great response.

What is your favourite medium for listening or finding new comics/comedians?

I like to see live shows. There is a unique atmosphere when watching a live comedy show. Sometimes things just line up and something funny can develop in that moment alone.

Tell us a joke about your city.

There’s a street joke about my former home city Winnipeg that still makes me laugh today. “Winnipeg has two seasons, winter and construction.”

Do you have anything to promote right now?

I run my own monthly comedy show at Clough Club in Gastown every first Sunday. I also host and write for a podcast that I do with friends from Winnipeg called The Reel Debaters.

Where can we follow you?

Eventbrite for Clough Club Comedy | Instagram

PAY IT FORWARD: Who is another local comic/comedian we should know about?

My friend and fellow comedian Arash Narchi.



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