BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - In Medieval Times, a Court Jester entertained the monarch in breeches, and a colorful motley coat beneath a belled hat. Other forms of entertainment in the Middle Ages included jousts, hammer-throwing, draughts, archery, hawking, and troubadours, but jesters appeared to have been favored among nobility. Jesters juggled hand-crafted knives, sang bawdy songs, openly mocked the king or queen, and performed magic tricks. Jane Foole, an eminent English Court Jester of the 16th century, is recognized as the only female jester to serve a European royal family. She was the Court Jester to Mary 1 of England, King Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn, and sixth wife, Catherine Parr.
Today, kings and queens still exist. For example, Queen Elizabeth II has ruled longer than any Monarch in British history, 65 years. King Felipe VI of Spain succeeded his father on June 19, 2014. Akihito is the 125th Emperor of Japan, and will abdicate on April 30, 2019. Mswati III is the king of Swaziland, and selects a new wife from the sea of women who participate in umchwasho every year at the Ludzidzini Royal palace. King Salman of Saudi Arabia memorized the Koran before his 10th birthday, and came to the throne as a septuagenarian. However, Court Jesters were historically entertainers during the Medieval, and Renaissance periods, but not in the 21st century.
Luckily, in the 21st century we have comics, and some of these comics are signing million dollar per-special contracts, or to say the least, traveling the world knowing that their next paycheck is going to cover next month's mortgage payment. The names Chris Rock, Gabriel Iglesias, Ellen Degeneres, Alfred Robles, Dave Chappelle, Chelsea Handler, George Lopez, Amy Schumer, Bill Maher, Kevin Hart, Kathy Griffin and Martin Moreno are some of the best stand-up comics in 2017 that are bound to make people laugh. "I never fitted in as a kid, and always tried to make other people laugh. I grew up in Wilmington, California, and till this day, we still don't have a Starbucks. When Starbucks says, '[expletive your city],' it's a hood. Sam Kinison, and Eddie Murphey inspired me to break into comedy in 1999. Gabriel Iglesias was a big help, because of him, I have been seen by millions of people on television," Martin Moreno explained.
Martin Moreno co-hosted three seasons of Gabriel Iglesias Presents: Stand Up Revolution, and voiced a cartoon character on Hey, It's Fluffy! on Comedy Central. Martin has toured internationally with Gabriel Iglesias, and Alfred Robles, building a global fan base. He has gained the public's respect on, and off stage by being himself, a meek, yet rollicking man with a Rock 'n' Roll appearance. On social media, he is recognized in various countries, and demographics with 46,448 likes on his Facebook fan page. Not to mention, 60.1K followers on Twitter. Moreno travels regularly, and gives people what they paid for, a good laugh.
Shawn W. Anderson