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Francesca Martinez; The Wobbliest, Funniest Lady Around

1 Mar 2012Some people with disabilities try all their lives just to fit in, they want to aspire to be like their friends, siblings, and role models, they want to feel normal. But how many people do you actually know, who are normal? What is normal exactly?

For Francesca Martinez, she desperately wanted to blend in with the people around her, but it’s what is so unique about her, that has made her stand out, and become a celebrity, in her own right.

Francesca was born in London in 1978, and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as a child. Doctors told her parents that she was ‘physically and mentally retarded, and she would never lead a normal life’.

Now in her early thirties, Francesca is thriving, loving life, and making the most of what she’s been given; a fantastic outlook on life, and great sense of humour.

Before today, I hadn’t heard of Francesca Martinez, but my friend told me to ‘Google’ her, because she was hilarious. So today, I have been researching and trying to learn as much as I could about her, and quietly laughing alone at my desk, while watching some of her comedy routines on the net.

Francesca is an actress, stand-up comedian, writer and speaker. She got her start in television on UK children’s drama, Grange Hill, and later appeared in hit TV show Casualty.

Francesca has appeared at many comedy festivals over the years, where she has shocked audiences with her comical approach of poking fun at herself. She can’t walk without assistance, and often refers to herself as ‘wobbly’.

She has been lucky enough to interview world famous comedian Ricky Gervais, for a pilot she filmed, and was a guest on his comedy series Extras, she has also appeared as a guest on the Frank Skinner Show in the UK, where she admitted that ‘she wrote a joke, which she thought was so funny, that she let a bit of wee out’ – she’s a very funny and honest, wobbly lady.

I’m so glad that I’ve been able to see her in film, but would love to see her in person, and will definitely be keeping my eye out for her, the next time she’s in town; unfortunately, I just missed her. Luckily, if you’re in Adelaide or Melbourne, you may still be able to catch her current show; What The F*** Is Normal, which will conclude in over the next few weeks.

If you’d like to see her on one of Australia’s talk show’s; The Circle, which she appeared on yesterday morning, click here: http://ten.com.au/the-circle-video.htm?movideo_p=40515&movideo_m=166123 or to see her in all her glory; performing at a comedy night, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUIYuJ62Qbs although, I must warn you, she does drop a few f-bombs throughout her act, so maybe keep young ears away while you watch… But she is definitely worth a look at! She’ll make you feel differently about the way you look at yourself, and life.

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