Francesca Martinez: "I could've been a Rice Krispie, or Donald Trump."
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When it comes to mutually exclusive, “disability” and “comedy” are two words which you would normally expect to be considered taboo. So why, all things considered, do I find myself laughing at a "wobbly" lady’s failed attempts at cherry knocking? Welcome to the hilarious and wonderful mind of Francesca Martinez. Born with cerebral palsy, but waging a one-woman mission to have it renamed to ‘wobbly’, Martinez sheds a brilliantly comedic, if not at times brutally honest, look on her experiences growing up in an able-bodied world. From the school girls who lash out, to the textbook doctors who are emotionally inept - no one is safe when it comes to the wit of this comedian. Disability aside, Martinez has a unique eloquence with words. Without blinking, she sweetly comments: “funny how the girls who used to bully me now want to add me as a friend on Facebook. F**kers!” It makes you wonder why anyone would pick a fight with Martinez. Not because she’s funny or a genuinely lovely person, but because under the smiles is a mildly vengeful personality. Chatting to her with a coffee in stylish surroundings, Martinez’s conversations often divert to the issues facing wider society. In her opinion, the root cause of unhappiness is the consumer-based drive to always want better. “We want to look prettier, be thinner, have a better mobile phone, a better house. Our society is so aspirational we never stop and think about what we have. Once you stop and reassess those things you realise that life could be a lot worse,” Martinez poignantly observes, before quickly adding “for example, I could have been a Rice Krispie, or Donald Trump.”
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