the comedy showcase
ABOUT: The Comedy Showcase was founded in 1983 by comedian Danny Martinez and his wife Blanca Gutierrez. Since, the Comedy Showcase has developed many nationally recognized comedians under the talent, compassion and guidance of Danny Martinez, “The Godfather Of Texas Comedy”. The Club has earned bragging rights to the accomplishments of some of the comics who started here. Thea Vidale got her first break when she appeared on “Rodney’s Young Comedians”, which led to her own series called “Thea” on ABC. Rushion McDonald is now Steve Harvey’s Manager and Producer of Steve’s television shows. T. Sean Shannon has written and appeared in shows including “In Living Color”, “Tonight Show”, “Vibe”, and today is an Emmy-award winning staff writer for “Saturday Night Live”. Ralphie May is the latest of the Comedy Showcase family to achieve accolades. He has appeared on the “Tonight Show”, “Jimmy Kimmel”, “Hollywood Squares”, “Wayne Brady Show” and a finalist on “Last Comic Standing”. The Comedy Showcase has sparked the careers of Texas notables such as Bill Engval and Rodney Carrington. Other comedians who are in line for bigger things to come, to name a few, are Billy D. Washington, Jeff Burghart, Caroline Picard, Jim Holder, Juan Villareal, Sheila Rivera, Rick Gutierrez, Cleto Rodriquez, Hypnotist/Comedian Martin Walsh and Hypnotist/Comedian Leroy Williams.
Danny's act is based on observational humor and is family oriented. He enhances his show with impeccable impressions and characters that keep all audiences interested and makes an hour seem like 10 minutes! Comedy club and college performances have taken Martinez coast to coast as well as to Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and the Virgin Islands on the Norwegian Cruise Ships. Danny has performed at the Arena Theater, Houston and at the Laugh Factory, Los Angeles with Paul Rodriguez. In August, 1997, Danny headlined at the "Latino Laugh Festival", San Antonio, Texas. The show entitled "Funny Is Funny" has been shown in Los Angeles as well as through "SI" TV Syndication. Meanwhile, Martinez runs his Comedy Showcase and thrives on the road where he performs at The Riviera, The MGM and the Aladdin Hotels in Las Vegas.
The Comedy Showcase
11460 Fuqua Street, Suite 300
Houston, TX 70089