THE ONE-MINUTE MARTYHighlights of the Martin Lewis Story
A successful producer/director of films, TV, stage-shows and records in his early career - working with Monty Python, Peter Cook and Rowan Atkinson - in the past eight years Lewis has become a noted comedic performer on American TV and radio in his own right. He is frequently seen as a host, correspondent, commentator, interviewer or comedic actor on a wide variety of shows and specials.
He has offered his sardonic take on life on networks ranging from ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO, Showtime, E!, VH1, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, FX, Lifetime, Court TV and Comedy Central to (his favorite!) the Food Network.
He was guest-host of Robin Leach’s live, late-night celebrity talk-show on the Food Network and he is a frequent talk-show guest himself on MSNBC and CNBC; and programs such as Politically Incorrect. He is also a frequent studio contributor on daytime shows such as NBC’s Leeza and Universal’s Sally Jessy Raphael - and previously on ABC’s Caryl & Marilyn and Mike & Maty.
In 1997, he created and hosted a live celebrity talk-radio show called Un-Beatle-able! with Martin Lewis. The program - which Lewis also produced - aired on KGIL in Los Angeles. Drawing on his reputation as a comedic host, Lewis personally booked all his guests - an eclectic group which included: Mike Myers, Bill Maher, Janeane Garofalo, Drew Barrymore, Martin Landau, Kathy Bates, Tom Arnold, Lee Grant, Michael York, Lynn Redgrave, Michelle Phillips, Dinah Manoff, Sid Caesar, Robin Leach, Leonard Maltin, Arianna Huffington, Kato Kaelin, Yoko Ono, Jeff Lynne, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Slash.
He has hosted shows and specials for ABC, E! and VH1. He has become a familiar television presence on Academy Awards night covering the hottest parties - and his humorous Oscar previews have been seen on NBC, ABC, MSNBC, E! and the BBC. His one-hour celebration of the Beatles revival (Re-Meet The Beatles!) - which he created, wrote, hosted and produced - broke ratings records on E! He worked as the live-remotes correspondent on New York’s #1 local show - Fox TV’s Good Day New York (taking over from Gordon Elliott) and previously on KABC’s A.M.-L.A.
As a comedic actor - he has co-starred in series for HBO (Night Rap) and Comedy Central (Musical Shorts) and co-starred in shows with Tom Arnold, Richard Lewis, Lynn Redgrave and “Weird Al” Yankovic. He co-stars as a comedic character he created for VH1’s new series My Generation.
He frequently appears on stage as a comedic emcee for major charity and cultural occasions and has introduced stars such as: Debbie Allen, Stephen Baldwin, Sid Caesar, Michael Caine, John Cleese, Joan Collins, Peter Cook, Tony Curtis, Michael Douglas, Janeane Garofalo, Eric Idle, Elton John, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Paul Rodriguez, Patrick Stewart, Lily Tomlin and Jon Voight. As a leading Beatles historian and authority - he hosts the annual Beatlefest fan conventions held in New York and Los Angeles.
Drawing on his skills as a serious broadcaster - Lewis appeared on numerous TV shows on various networks - commenting on the deaths of Princess Diana and Linda McCartney. He initiated, co-anchored and co-produced Farewell To A Princess - E!’s live telecast of Diana’s funeral. He was a co-producer of Leeza Gibbons’ 1998 NBC special on the first anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.
He was the sole writer of the 1998 VH1 Honors Awards - Divas Live - which broke all VH1 ratings records. He authored the 15,000-word companion narrative in the 1998 reissue of Beatles manager Brian Epstein’s 1964 autobiography A Cellarful Of Noise. He has written comedy material for many leading performers including: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. He wrote and performed material for the critically-acclaimed CD-ROM Monty Python’s Complete Waste Of Time - giving him the distinction of being the only non-Python invited to work on the project. He has written two autobiographical one-man stage-shows - Great Exploitations! and Murder, He Wrote! He is the creator/host of an ongoing series of major film festivals and tributes to comedic performers ranging from Richard Pryor and Jerry Lewis to Peter Sellers, Peter Cook & Monty Python.