We had the good fortune of connecting with Martin Morrow and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Martin, what makes you happy? Why?
The older I get the more I find the value in relaxing. I used to go-go-go-go-go and at a certain point realized that I was losing my mind and my sense of self because I was wrapped in the idea of doing *anything* as opposed to doing something. I like sitting. I like napping. I like going for walks. I like going for drives. I like just hanging with my dog or playing video games. Owning your mind and time is owning peace and happiness, the rest will come with the work and the good vibes.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think what sets my comedy apart from others is that I am uniquely and unapologetically me. I like to talk about my shortcomings, my insecurities, my flaws, my mistakes, my bad relationships, my fears, my takeaways on life. Granted, every comedian can say that their perspective is unique and to some extent that’s true so that’s me. If you want to hear Martin Morrow talk about Martin Morrow’s life, then you find me and some of it is sad and some of it is hilarious because that’s what life is. I got to where I am professionally by working hard and being talented. It wasn’t easy because I created my own valleys and some people put even higher hills in front of me but I put the work in to get out and perform and live better. I’ve learned lessons in respect, lessons in maturity, lessons in culture and being myself. And I hope the world can see that my comedy is about holding a mirror up to society and saying we have to recognize who we are based on our past to fix our future.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In a perfect world on a perfect open weekend with boundless resources and time, I would recommend checking out Disneyland, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Bowl, the Hollywood sign, going to The Comedy Store and The Laugh Factory and closing the night out by eating at a taco truck. But I’m also kinda boring and a homebody so my recommendations probably aren’t the strongest unless you’ve like…never been to LA. I still really enjoy going to Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier so I’d probably recommend that. I can’t believe I almost forgot beaches were a thing, I’ve been inside for too long…
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout is dedicated to my mom, Dr. Sherron Jinadu. Every obstacle, every roadblock, every wall she has faced as a Black woman working in education in the south she has overcome and that has motivated me in so many ways. There are plenty of other people who deserve shoutouts, my entire family, the Hardy’s, the Morrow’s- when I didn’t want to believe in myself, they pushed me to keep going. My friends such as Mateen Stewart, Papp Johnson, Brandi Denise, Josh Mays, Scott Morehead, Brooke Austin, Brent Tarring and Jay Washington who I’ve created so much with or who at least gave me the tools and critiques to generate some cool stuff. And mentors such as Roy Wood, Jr., Christopher Davis, and Hannibal Buress.
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