Live at the Apollo Manuel Martinez, flies back to Britannia

We were privileged to assist Manuel Martinez at the Hammersmith Apollo as his official box carrier and picture taker. He was live in a sell-out Apollo special, on the bill after Jo Brand and Dara ó Briain. After him, was the elegant Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

Manuel is in his guise as the Quantum Mind Reader in Professor Brian Cox’s (and Robin’s) special Christmas live at the Apollo. He pulled Jim Al-Khalili OBE on stage into his act after being introduced on stage by comedian Robin Ince who co-hosts Radio 4’s ‘Infinite Monkey Cage’. Manuel had flown in from Grenada after leaving the Azura and was up at 5 am, to fly back to St. Lucia to join the Britannia. It is at sea that these 1000-seater theatres now tempt the best entertainment. As Manuel Martinez, the cruise ship comedian (& magician) – Hailing from Havana, Cuba, Manuel Martinez is the number one export after cigars. Dispatched by the Cuban presidency, Manuel Martinez is Cuba’s diplomatic ambassador of comedy. An act that is as comical, witty, outrageous, and unpredictable as any I have seen. It is an act you will not forget, even if you forget the excellent singers and other entertainers, this act is unique and self-effacing. BA say his luggage may follow him; it was lost on the way to the UK.

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Manuel Martinez is a regular on the cruise circuit, as you will have heard me say, where else is there for such great acts to play? The entertainment on board ship is like no other.
Manuel Martinez may be homeless, but he moves between the most prestigious cruise ships, off one, on the other. He is a regular for P&O, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity.
Warning, be brave if you dare to get on stage with him.
ep-462-40He is also an actor, when there is time, and recently appeared in the offbeat drama Shades Of Bad. He first three episodes were shot in a few hours while docked in Barcelona … what else do you do in a port you have seen a hundred times?


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