Francesca performed at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011 where she received rave reviews across the board, played to packed houses and won a Fringe Network Award. The show was also a hit in Australia earlier this year where she completed a 52-date tour of Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.
Francesca has mild cerebral palsy (she prefers to call herself ‘wobbly’) and is one of the UK’s top comedians. Her unique brand of comedy is both universal and hard-hitting, challenging perceptions and preconceptions. The show is ‘hilarious and deeply moving… one of the finest pieces of writing on the Fringe’ ***** (Metro 2011).
Francesca is well-known for her starring role in ‘Extras’ opposite Kate Winslet and Ricky Gervais. She has toured internationally with sell-out performances in Hollywood, New York, Montreal, Dublin, Cape Town, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and at the World Economic Forum in Davos, alongside Emma Thompson.
Francesca was Richard Herring’s special guest on his Radio 4 series 'Richard Herring’s Objective' last autumn which received an unprecedented amount of praise and was chosen for 'Pick Of The Week' on Radio 4.
'She is not only one of the best performers on the circuit but also a writer of rare candour'
5 stars Metro Scotland
'Wonderfully challenging… brilliantly busts myths about normality'
4 Stars The Scotsman
'Martinez releases line after line of observant wit… An intelligent, charismatic comic'
4 stars The Skinny
'A compelling comedian…her show is insightful and packed with laughs. Powerful enough to make me laugh and cry'
4 stars Fringe Guru
'Excellent… uplifting, engaging and refreshingly different'
4 stars Broadway Baby
'Hard-hitting as it is caustically funny… powerful… an altogether inspiring lesson'
‘One of the circuit’s most brilliant comedians’
'Insightful, sometimes touching and always funny… Truly a show for everyone’
4.5 stars Melbourne Age
'You leave the show feeling like you’ve had endorphins injected into your veins. A must-see'
4 stars The Herald Sun
'Funny as hell. A great show!'
Rip It Up Magazine, Adelaide
'Reduced the audience to tears of laughter'
'It’s humour infused with a political and philosophical edge. The kind of funny that leaves you with more than just an ache in your side… go check it out!'