From a city known for its spontaneity, energy, diversity and style, Monique Marvez has emerged as one of Miami's brightest and most provocative talents. She's a perfect representative of its varied cultures and pleasures. With an hourglass figure and a stopwatch wit, she delights audiences in English, but could just as easily do so in Spanish. This chameleon-like entertainer's particular charm comes from her ability to read each audience, draw on her background, experience, and vast body of material to deliver a tailor-made performance just for them.
Sensing a change in the comedy industry, Monique eschewed the trend of hitting the road early on in her career to appear only in comedy clubs. Her preference for performing in non-traditional venues drew immediate comparisons to Bette Midler. Honing her skills in the coffeehouses and cabarets of the hometown she felt was experiencing an artistic renaissance paid off. She was rewarded with a large following that voted her "Best in the City" in The New Times 1992.
Monique believes in the adage, "You can never make a second first impression". She didn't undertake a national tour until hosting a showcase for an HBO Latino stand-up show paved the way to the Montreal Comedy Festival. The Just For Laughs sets and riotous segments on the Real Sex series secured her exposure in the "A" clubs. While in Las Vegas during Comdex '93 ( the world's largest computer convention traditionally means a slow week in show rooms), she broke attendance records and was invited back again and again. Over the next five years, she amassed 3 Comdex', 2 Tyson fights, a St. Patrick's Day ( in the Emerald City! ), Fourth of July, Easter week and New Year's Eve 1998.
How does Monique consistently sell out clubs and concert halls from Miami to Anchorage? Focusing on relationships and long-term goals, she has built a career from the ground up, going beyond regular media contacts for that something extra. The Hardrock Cafe has put her on stage in front of thousands of revelers at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival with Martha Wash and atop Ajax Mountain in Aspen, with Better Than Ezra. Mancow, The Love Doctors, L.A.'s own Big Boy and Stevens and Pruett of Houston to name just a few, have all shared a mike and a laugh with the comedienne. Hot body contests, charity functions and auctions ( i.e. The Gloria Estefan Foundation) have all counted on Monique to keep the crowd up and the show moving! Talk about diverse; what other performer has opened for Grammy nominee Me'Shell Ndedge Ocello and done a fund raiser for the Miami Jewish Home and Hospital?
Just as Monique did not undertake her road dates traditionally or casually, her approach to television has been equally calculated. Her particular brand of wholesome, double dimpled sexiness have made her a preferred guest on Montel Williams, a spokesperson on Sexy vs. Sleazy on Talk Soup and the hostess of Penthouse Magazine's 25th anniversary special - ( she was dressed, only the jokes were naked ). She began 1996 by relocating to Los Angeles and appearing on the KABC special "Laughing Out Loud". This was followed up with two segments for Comedy Central's "Comics on Delivery” and Telemundo filmed her at the Laugh Factory for a piece on young Hispanic talent on the rise.
1997 was a year of tremendous professional growth for Monique - with a profile in the Los Angeles Times and being rated the top female comedian in Hispanic Magazine. Her one woman show, "Loca"Motive, at Luna Park, was successful in bringing her to the attention of Barry Diller's Silver King Broadcasting. The media mogul tapped Ms. Marvez to hostess her own show in the so-hip-it-hurts deco district of Miami Beach. Diller's venture into hyper-local television returned Monique to the city she loves. And again she was rewarded. The shows "Monique Over Miami” and “Lady Zings the Blues” were not only highly rated, but critically acclaimed in the prestigious Miami Herald.
WAMI On Miami is where Monique spent most of 1998 and proved to be the best vehicle for stretching beyond stand-up and conventional TV hosting. Monique wrote her own scripts, co-produced her specials, did commercials, voice overs and live spots. She did interstitials and remotes nightly and was flown to New York to interview stars at Comic Relief for a future joint project with Camillus House ( Dylon McDermot kissed her! ). Hostessing Saturday's Super 70's Cafe kept her researching trivia on Charlie's Angeles, Barretta and The Six Million Dollar Man. Engaging and witty wraps, off the cuff interviews and " face time " galore have left Monique Marvez ready for the next big thing.
When not taping and touring, Monique divides her time between coasts. Studios USA ( WAMI's mothership ) has green-lighted a pilot for a national show. She's looking forward to taking her no-holds-barred approach from the Atlantic shores of SoBe to the Pacific Ocean she has grown fond of walking along. Her furniture's gone back and forth across the USA twice... three's a charm!