Martha Chaves / Standup comics, comedians and comedy writers from the finest talent roster in Canada
Martha Chaves is a Latin-Canadian-LGBTQ award-winning comedian, actor, activist, and playwright.
With her unique sense of humour, friendly-in-your-face style, and devilish charm, Martha paints hilarious stories drawn heavily from personal experience, like her upbringing in Latin-America. She came to Canada as a refugee, but Martha has established herself as one of the country's most sought-after comedians.
She's known throughout Canada for her coast-to-coast stand-up tours and for her tailor-made corporate shows, her many appearances on the Just for Laughs Festival, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, The Debaters, and as a regular cast member of the hit CBC show Because News.
She starred in her two national comedy specials: Comics! on the CBC and Something About Martha on the Comedy Network. Her One Woman Show "Staying Alive" was featured in the Soulo Festival and the Aluna Theatre Festival in Toronto, and in NYC's SOLOCOM.
Martha won Stand-up Comic of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Comedy Awards, and her comedy album, "CHUNKY SALSA," was featured among the 11 Best Comedy Albums of 2019 (Interrobang Magazine.)
She is also a fierce human rights activist, using humour to challenge the status quo in four different languages. She's the host of "When Feminists Rule the World"- a new podcast series produced by The Nobel Women's Initiative, which is run by five Nobel Peace Prize winners.
In her own words, she's the "most famous LGBTQ-Nicaraguan-Canadian stand-up comic in the world."
"We loved her performance. She (Martha Chaves) pegged the personality of some of our participants perfectly, engaged the audience, was easy going and flexible. We know our delegates like our comedian when they are retelling the jokes over the next couple of days, and they did indeed do that. Thanks so much for being so easy to work with."
-Sherry S, Norcat (Sudbury)
"Egale Canada was thrilled when Martha Chaves was available to host our IDENTITY Gala on May 24, 2018. Being familiar with Martha through her work with the CBC, we expected that she would bring to the event her usual high level of comedy and personality to a diverse Gala audience – which included the Prime Minister of Canada, The Hon. Justin P.J. Trudeau. However, Martha exceeded our expectations in every way! She was the perfect addition: fun and funny, simply a hit with the Gala crowd. Her interaction with the audience – and even conversing directly with the Prime Minister from the stage – brought many non-stop laughs and helped make the evening a resounding success. Working with Martha was a breeze. She was extremely accommodating, professional, prompt and a pleasure to deal with – exactly what we were looking for. Thank you, Martha!"
-Egale Canada - Mark Fellion
"Martha Chaves performed before an audience of nearly two hundred women for an International's Women's Day fundraiser put on by our service club, the Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo. She had an amazing electricity with our group, weaving favourite pieces from past appearances in with fresh, surprising, and hilarious anecdotes. Audience members of every age group could hardly catch their breath they were laughing so hard! Our club has run this event for sixteen years and several attendees remarked that Martha was their favourite speaker we have ever had. Many thanks to Martha for her professionalism and her flexibility settling final event logistics."
-Linette Keller - Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo