Marty Pollio is a multi-talented, and extremely versatile performer who incorporates standup comedy, juggling, and physical-comedy tightly choreographed into one cohesive, mesmerizing act that has been a favorite of television shows and corporate buyers alike.
Having grown up the son of a racketeer in Louisville Kentucky, one of Marty’s high school jobs was delivering the “gifts” to the local cops and judges …so it makes sense that he became the black sheep of the family for becoming a mime and juggler. Marty was equally influenced as a youngster by both Dick Van Dyke and Carlos Santana (if you’ve seen his act, you can understand this).
After moving to Los Angeles, Marty’s amassed credits that include multiple appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, (even one of Johnny’s New Year’s Eve Specials!), as well as being on the show with Jay Leno. Jerry Lewis invited Marty to be on his annual Cerebral Palsy telethon, and Penn and Teller had him on their “Sin City Spectacular”, taped in Las Vegas. Marty has performed part of this act in the movie “Punchline” with Tom Hanks and Sally Field, and has had recurring parts on many television shows, including Night Court, Empty Nest, and Blossom.
Because many of his high-energy physical pieces are performed to music, Marty has had the opportunity to perform all over the world, everywhere from USO shows held in tents near the Iraqi border, to European television programs. Over the years he has appeared in concert with such notables as Ray Charles, Robin Williams and Kenny G.
As a nationally known talent, he was chosen to be a special movement instructor for Michael J. Fox, on his famous Pepsi commercials, as well as the movement coach for Tony Award winning company – National Theater of the Deaf.
Blending his street-performer skills into a well-timed act that never loses its comedic focus.
~ Variety Magazine
The best mime in the country. ~ Chicago Magazine
Performed for hundreds of major companies and associations all across the country and internationally, as well as repeat performances on the Tonight Show.