Comedian William Lee Martin To Appear At The Palace


By Kris Smith

After nearly a decade in the advertising industry, William Lee Martin decided at age 30, when most are settling into life, to try his hand at comedy. 

Martin’s first show was at Arlington’s Hyena Comedy Club and was uneventful.  Forgetting his lines, two tries in, he finally got the laughs he was looking for.  

Raised north of Fort Worth, Martin quickly joined the Blue-Collar Comedy Tour – made famous by Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall.   While the pandemic shut down comedy clubs, he found a way to still reach his fans and gain some new ones with platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.  Martin started 2020 with 40,000 followers and to date has more than 878,000 followers on social media platforms.

When the pandemic began in March 2020, Martin’s marketing firm suggested a ‘Zoom show’.  Immediately, Martin said no to the idea. “Stand up without an audience? Absolutely not.  That’s a lecture, not comedy.”  Martin gave the idea more thought since negativity was commonplace in homes across the world.  He began a Facebook Live two days later and noticed that people were listening.

Bringing a clean-er show to Corsicana, Martin stated, “When our 2015 CMT special Let The Laughter Roll aired, I noticed they had bleeped a lot of the language.  At one point, it sounded like a telegraph worker on the Titanic. So, I removed most of the language.”  It’s a clean-er show, but not a church show.  It’s an adult show minus the profanity. 

Martin stated in a telephone interview with NavCo, “I appreciate the honest comedy.  When it is genuine, that’s what I really enjoy.”  You’ll likely hear stories about his grandparents and growing up in rural north Texas with a genuine storytelling feel.

Martin will perform on Saturday evening at the Palace Theatre, which he admittedly is looking forward to.  He stated, “I love playing the old theatres.  As a matter of fact, in 2023, we will not book any comedy clubs.  Playing these old theatres brings a sort of concert feel to the show.”

Tickets are still available online at and by calling The Palace Theatre at 903-874-7792.

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