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Martha Chaves

Martha Chaves is an award-winning comedian, writer, and actor whose career spans over two decades. Now Magazine described her as "smart, sassy, provocative, and very funny."

Martha has appeared multiple times at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and the We Are Funny That Way Festival, to name a few.

Martha describes herself as the "most famous Nicaraguan-Canadian LGBTQ+ stand-up comedian in the world," but despite being an act of such a unique nature, she’s hilariously relatable, universally funny and accessible. 

She tours from coast-to-coast as a headliner for Yuk-Yuks (Canada’s  premiere chain of comedy clubs)  and is also in high demand for corporate performances, conferences, and speaking engagements. 

She can frequently be heard on CBC's The Debaters and Laugh Out Loud. She is a regular panellist on the popular CBC show Because News.

Martha also starred in two TV specials which were broadcast nationally: Comics! on CBC and Something About Martha on CTV and the Comedy Network.

Martha was named 2018's Stand-up Comic of the Year by the Canadian Comedy Awards after being nominated seven years in a row, and her CD CHUNKY SALSA was included in a list of 2019's best comedy records.

During the pandemic, she created a multi-media piece Living 'La Covida Loca, which premiered online at The Hillside Festival. She also created "Beyond the Mask," another multi-media piece that was featured in "Caminos" as part of the Aluna Theatre Festival 2021 program. In 2022, she was asked to perform at the Stratford Festival.

As a playwright, Martha has written and acted in several successful one-woman shows. "Staying Alive" and "In Times of Trouble" were featured in the Soulo Festival and the Aluna Theatre Festival in Toronto, respectively. "The Diaries of a Young Lezbo" premiered at SOLOCOM in New York.

"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