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Marilyn Martinez, a sassy stand-up comic who performed with the Original Latin Divas of Comedy and other Latina troupes, has died, her husband said Friday. She was 52.
Martinez died Nov. 3 of complications from colon cancer at a Hollywood hospital after being diagnosed nine months earlier, said her husband, John David Crowder.
“Marilyn was out there to make the fans excited. She wasn’t out there for stardom and fame,” he said. “And she didn’t want to be remembered as a dirty mouth.”
“She used to tell me she was a triple minority. She was fat, she was a woman, she was Hispanic,” he said.
Raised in Denver, Martinez tap-danced on a local television show as a child before funneling her love of acting, and food, into standup routines, according to her longtime manager, Scott Montoya.
She moved to Los Angeles around 1989, he said. Her routines often included frank talk about sex and men. “She was getting away with saying a lot of crazy stuff,” said comedian Carlos Mencia, who performed alongside Martinez and knew her for more than a decade. “It wasn’t like, ‘I’m a woman and let’s talk about flowers and shopping.’ … But she could do clean if you wanted her to.”
In Los Angeles, Martinez connected with her Mexican roots and in the mid-1990s joined Latina troupe the Hot and Spicy Mamitas, Montoya said. She also became a member of the Hot Tamales with Eva Longoria and was “the anchor” of the Latin Divas of Comedy, with a Showtime special this year in the same vein as the hit Latin Kings of Comedy, Montoya said.
Martinez also toured solo with comic Paul Rodriguez from 1996-2003.
Her screen credits include parts in 2003’s “Pauly Shore Is Dead,” 2002’s “For Da Love of Money,” the ABC television series “My Wife and Kids” in 2001 and the 2004 reality TV show “Urban Jungle” on SiTV.
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