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Martha Chaves

Martha Chaves is a busy comic. Her infectious, candid style, her captivating stage presence, and her gift to relate to a wide range of audiences grant her numerous presentations at clubs, colleges, fundraisers, corporate functions and comedy festivals.

Martha is a veteran of multiple Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival, and of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. She has also appeared in the Halifax, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Boston Comedy Festivals, and in the “Marshalls’ Women of Comedy,” in NYC. In Spanish, she’s performed in the Festival Del Humor de Caracol, in Bogotá, Colombia.

Her versatile material mixed with her fluency in 4 languages make her an asset to perform for an array of fascinating audiences. For example, the Canadian Peacekeeping Troops (in Alert, Egypt, Israel, and Afghanistan) and The Nobel Women’s Initiative, a delegation of women led by Nobel Peace Prize winners (in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala).

In 2015, Martha warmed up 43,000 people for the 2015 Pan Am Games - Opening Ceremony and in 2016, she hosted the ACTRA Awards, in Toronto. 

Her TV credits include two national comedy specials: COMICS! on CBC, and Something About Martha on CTV and The Comedy Network, plus her TV appearances on Just for Laughs, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, to mention a few.

Martha is a regular on CBC Radio's "Laugh Out Loud,", "The Debaters," and "Because News."

Her witty and poignant one-woman show, “In Times of Trouble,” was featured in The SOULO Festival of One-Person Shows, (May 2015) and in ALUNA Theatre’s CAMINOS Festival (November 2015). In 2016, she was invited to perform it in the SOLOCOM Festival in New York City's PIT Theatre. In May 2017, the SOULO Festival of One-Person Shows launched “A Rebel Without a Pause,” Martha’s autobiographical piece about becoming a Refugee in Canada, and finding her "rebel” voice as a Latin-Canadian, doing comedy in a second language.

"The Grande Dame of Canadian Comedy is without a doubt – Martha Chaves. Her wit is infectious; her style is delightful and when you work with her – you are assured professionalism. Martha has always made me laugh out loud, and she is a genuine asset to Canadian comedy" ~Tracy Rideout, Producer CBC Radio - Laugh Out Loud

"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