Marga Gomez grew up in a showbiz family —her father was a Cuban comedian and emcee in New York, her mother a dancer. After her father’s unfortunate discovery--Marga in bed with another girl--she moved to San Francisco.
Marga’s stand-up career in San Francisco coincided with the comedy boom of the 1980s and the gay rights movement. She was a regular at the popular Valencia Rose Cabaret, a club that nurtured gay performers. She quickly joined forces with five other Latino comedians to create Culture Clash, a nationally acclaimed comedy troupe.
Her most recent work, "Marga Gomez's Intimate Details," premiered Off Broadway in February 2003 and was so successful she was called back for a two-week encore in June. She was recently invited to write and perform a new piece at the Kennedy Center (Spring 2004). In 1988 Marga was voted "Entertainer of the Year" by the San Francisco Council on Entertainment. She has appeared on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central and performances in concert halls, colleges, and clubs all over the country.
Her comedy recording “Hung Like a Fly” is available on Uproar Records
Marga’s solo shows include: “A Line Around The Block”; “Memory Tricks”; “Marga Gomez is Pretty, Witty & Gay”; “jaywalker” and “The Twelve Days of Cochina.” She has been produced Off-Broadway at the Public Theatre, the Whitney Museum, Performance Space 122, and nationally at Sushi Performance Space, Boston Center for the Arts, Highways in Los Angeles, the Painted Bride and San Diego Repertory Theatre. Internationally she’s appeared at the Montreal Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, London ICA and Amsterdam's Triple X Festival.
Film and TV credits: HBO's “Tracey Takes on...”; “Batman Forever” and Barry Levinson's “Sphere.” She has twice joined the casts of “The Vagina Monologues.”
Marga is the recipient of Theatre LA’s Ovation Award for her collaboration with Culture Clash at the Mark Taper Forum. She has also won the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Outstanding Achievement Award. Selections from Marga's work have been published in several anthologies: Extreme Exposure (TCG Books), Out, Loud & Laughing (Anchor Books), Contemporary Plays by American Women of Color (Routledge) and Out of Character (Bantam Books.)
Marga Gomez, self-described “chick magnet,” lives in Brooklyn.