Comic still challenging society’s prejudices about disabilities
This article is from 2007.
The last time Francesca Martinez turned up in Edinburgh for a full Fringe run, it was a revelation in more ways than one. Her 2002 show I’mperfect introduced us to a bright young comedian whose fame has only increased to this day. Naturally, though, the fact that Martinez has cerebral palsy and sought to confront prejudice through stand-up couldn’t fail to be a talking point. ‘This show is actually inspired by my last Edinburgh one, because I got a lot of work out of it but I ended up doing too much and going through a period of burn-out,’ she recalls. ‘I had to take two years off, but one upside was that it gave me time to think about how precious stand-up is to me and what I want to do with it.’
Her profile has been raised through a succession of television appearances, the most notable of these being a guest turn in Extras. ‘That was a great experience. Of course, I want people to understand that disabled people are people too, but I think you can do that without even talking about it. That’s what this show will be about; it’s moving away from me and my life and talking about my views.’ (David Pollock)
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