Budd Friedman and Mark Lonow’s world-famous Improv Comedy Club at Harrah’s Las Vegas is proud to announce a special one-night show with comedian Rick Martinez on Monday, February 1 at 8:30pm. Tickets are $24.95+ for general admission and $34.95+ for VIP tickets (which include special seating and a t-shirt) and can be purchased at Harrah’s Box Office (702-369-5223) and online at www.harrahs.com.
Rick Martinez, known as Mr. “Spicy Latino Nights” was born in the Bronx, New York and shortly after moved to Bayamon, Puerto Rico. When he was about to start high school, he returned to the east coast to New Jersey for three years where he was a baseball standout, was awarded the “Charlie Hustle” award in basketball, lettered in football and was involved in boxing at the Police Athletic League. Martinez moved to Las Vegas for his senior year of high school where he traded sports, for theater. During this year, Martinez achieved school-wide recognition for lead roles in plays such as Night of January 16th, Baker’s Play and played Danny in Grease. After graduating from high school, his first taste of the comedy game was at the legendary Tropicana Casino. He heard they were having a contest called the “#1 fool in Vegas” and he received second place. He had been bitten by the comedy bug.
His diversity in different sports and his background in theater reflect in his comedy, with a range from a clean set to more adult comedy. A few years into the comedy game, Martinez felt like he was ready for Hollywood. He arrived in Los Angeles in 2002 and immediately started making waves in the comedy game performing at a variety of local comedy clubs, including the world-famous Improv. His very first appearance as a “rookie” comic was at the “Ha-Ha Café” in North Hollywood, where he achieved great success. He quickly gained the reputation of the funny man and was getting booked for shows across the nation from Los Angeles to back home in New Jersey.
After a year of the circuit Martinez started “Spicy Latino Nights” at the Hollywood Improv, and after eight months in Hollywood he moved the show out to Ontario. Now a veteran comedian for more than seven years, Martinez is currently working on the movie Lean like a Cholo based on the hit song with the same name. He has also appeared in the independent film Up Against the Eight Ball, which was included in a variety of film festivals, including the New York Film Festival. Martinez also surfaced on VH1’s When Comics Ruled the World and created Latin Knights, a collaboration of the hottest Latin comics in the industry.