Christina Catherine Martinez
Past event


Aesthetical Relations is a live comedy talk show experience by writer, actor, art critic, and comedian Christina Catherine Martinez, bringing together comedians, artists, video screenings, a rotating house band, and other multimedia delights. Loosely modeled on the late-night talk show format, guests perform unclassifiable feats of entertainment, followed by a brief heart-to-heart with the magnanimous host, Ms. Martinez. Bits and interruptions are sprinkled throughout, and the fourth wall is broken, reassembled, and mixed into a smoothie for your pleasure.

In its most surreal outer orbits, stand-up comedy spins roughly spitting distance from performance art—a semantic distinction that, in Los Angeles especially, seems more meaningless by the day. Enter: Aesthetical Relations.

5 Every Day

Cast & Crew

Cast: Max Baumgarten, Chad Damiani, Cam Gavinski, James Adomian

Guests: Todd Glass, Lizzy Cooperman et. al. 

Musical Accompaniment: Jack Daniel Boger

Media Producer: Madeline Power 

Technical Director: Scotty Wagner 

Set animations by Adam Gerber

Set footage by Christopher Richmond

About the Artist

Christina Catherine Martinez

Christina Catherine Martinez is a writer, actor, art critic, and comedian in Los Angeles. Her live act has been described as “conceptually highbrow and physically slapstick” by TimeOutLA and “like Naomi Klein meets Tallulah Bankhead” by the writer Michelle Tea. She’s been named a Comic to Watch by TimeOutLA and a Comedian You Should Know by Vulture / New York Magazine. She writes for Artforum, The Los Angeles Times, Texte Zur Kunst, and also for television, including seasons 5 and 6 of the Eric Andre Show. She devised and acted in the short-form series Two Pink Doors on FX/Hulu, and completed a half-hour comedy special, How to Bake a Cake in the Digital Age in January 2022. She is the recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and is the author of the essay collection, also named Aesthetical Relations, published by Hesse Press.