British-born, Hollywood-based humorist, commentator, producer and radio host
Martin Lewis is a British-born, Hollywood-based humorist, commentator, producer, radio host and marketing strategist.
Starting his career as a protégé of fabled Beatles publicist Derek Taylor – he has had a storied 40-year history as a journalist, columnist, writer, humorist, monologist, comedic performer, radio host, TV host, TV correspondent, Master of Ceremonies, producer (of movies, TV, radio, DVDs, stage shows and record albums), talent manager, record company owner, independent film distributor, film-festival curator, political commentator, pioneering organizer of benefit events, human rights activist - and as an award-winning publicity & marketing strategist. He is also a noted raconteur and Bon Vivant!
He is noted for working in many spheres of the arts, entertainment and media worlds simultaneously (music, comedy, film, stage, DVD, TV, radio, literature, political commentary etc) - and for successfully undertaking several different roles in these endeavors - including writing, performing and producing. He is also highly regarded for the creation and implementation of the publicity and marketing strategies and campaigns to promote his - and other people's - projects.
Among his many film, TV and DVD productions - he produced the legendary Secret Policeman's Ball series of benefit shows/movies/albums for Amnesty International (1976-1984) starring Monty Python, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Rowan Atkinson & Billy Connolly et al; The DVD Editions of The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night,The Beatles On The Ed Sullivan Show and the Who's The Kids Are Alright. He personally recruited Pete Townshend, Sting, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Bob Geldof, Phil Collins et al to join Amnesty International's ranks and produced their landmark solo performances for the organization.
He offers his perspectives (sometimes serious – often sardonic) on politics and pop culture for a broad spectrum of worldwide media outlets including MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and the BBC. He has written extensively for TIME.com, Salon.com and TruthOut.org. For several years he hosted his own daily 4-hour radio show heard internationally on Sirius Satellite Radio – on Steven Van Zandt’s Underground Garage channel.
He likes living in Hollywood because it constantly lulls him into a false sense of in-security.
Lewis is currently developing concepts for several new TV and radio shows. He also has a few breakfasts in development - and a couple of lunches in turnaround...
He is The World’s LEAST-Reserved Englishman… MARTIN LEWIS!