Chuck Martin is an Emmy winning writer, producer and director, but considers himself a standup comedian first. As a veteran standup comedian, Chuck has made numerous appearances on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” along with many other appearances on Showtime, MTV, and Comedy Central. Martin has also toured with legendary comedians Howie Mandel and George Wallace, and he can currently be seen on tour with Jerry Seinfeld.
As a writer and producer, Chuck won an Emmy for his work on the critically acclaimed FOX series “Arrested Development” and was nominated for two more. Other award nominations include “Television Producer of the Year” from the PGA and two nominations from the Writer’s Guild for “Best Comedy Series.” Chuck’s other television writing credits include “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher,” “The Ellen Show,” “53rd Annual Emmy Awards,” and the “74th (and 77th) Annual Academy Awards.”
Chuck’s other television work includes co-writing and directing the FOX pilot “Sincerely, Ted L Nancy,” which is based on the best-selling book series “Letters from a Nut.” He also directed a pilot for Comedy Central titled “Playlist,” as well as the second season finale of “Arrested Development.”
In film, Martin currently has two feature films in development, one for Universal and the other for Paramount for which he is also attached as director. He additionally had a voiceover role in the DreamWorks animated feature “Bee Movie” and was also a writer on the project.
Most recently, Chuck has been writing and producing NBC’s “The Marriage Ref” and working on his standup act in Los Angeles and New York.
Born in Ohio and raised in Small Town, Michigan, Banachowski started stand up comedy at the age 17 in a high school talent show (and won that shit).
Forced to go to college, and having to pay for it in cash, Banachowski worked as a tutor, busboy, waiter, dishwasher, landscaper, midnight receptionist, and television producer all while graduating from Second City Detroit and hanging out at comedy clubs and the dive-iest of bars throughout southeast Michigan (and wonders why he's never had a successful relationship that whole period).
After graduating with a degree in math at 21 (genius), he moved to Los Angeles where he's been doing comedy every night ever since (minus a year where he lived in Brooklyn, New York doing comedy and getting food poisoning in public where he vomited and shit himself on a train for an hour (not genius)). He's also graduated from LA improv schools such as the Upright Citizen's Brigade, The Groundling's Theatre, and regularly performs stand up at the Hollywood Improv and Comedy Store as well as clubs across the US.
Audience members have often compared his style to the likes of George Carlin, Bill Burr, and Bo Burnham (which I'm sure they'd all be thrilled to hear, "You know Bill, you remind me of this Polish kid I saw at that bar Big Fish in Glendale").