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Francesca was born with mild cerebral palsy. This means that she looks constantly drunk and is, sadly, unable to housework, walk a tightrope or cut her boyfriends hair.
Since starting her stand-up career in 1999, Francesca Martinez has reached the finals of So You Think You're Funny and the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition, and won the Daily Telgraph open mic Award. Following these sucesses, Francesca performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2001. She also appeared as part of the prestigious Comedy Zone at the Edinburgh Festival.
Francesca performs her inspired routines regularly at the top London circuit venues such as The Comedy Store and has toured the UK as part of The Comedy Network. She will take her debut solo show to the Edinburgh Festival in 2002.
Her TV credits include Barrymore (ITV) and she is currently writing and developing a sitcom idea for Channel 4.
"Breathtaking star- quality.....exceptional wit" - The Daily Telgraph
"A sharp new talent......skilful and hard-hitting" - Time Out
"The fastest-rising female comic in the country" - The Observer