Bringing out the best in guests on El Rey’s ‘The Chuey Martinez Show’

‘The Chuey Martinez Show’ – Interviews, laughs, alpaca

Ask El Rey Network personality Chuey Martinez what talk-show host he admires most and he is unequivocal in his answer.

“Just watching Arsenio Hall for so many years,” the Los Angeles-based Martinez says, “I actually learned how to interview by watching Arsenio Hall’s late-night talk show back in the day. … I love the way he carried himself. I loved that he didn’t take himself too seriously. I loved how me made artists and everyone who sat down on his couch feel comfortable. I loved the way he carried himself as a human being. His delivery was very transparent. When I would hear Arsenio speak in an interview, I always felt like he was telling me the truth.”

Airing Thursdays, the half-hour “The Chuey Martinez Show” is a celebration of all things entertainment, including music, gaming, art and culture, featuring a healthy helping of off-the-wall humor, irreverent comedy and interviews with guests that have included comedian Andrew Santiago, writer Jeandra LeBeauf, Playboy Playmate Yoli Lara and actors Julio Macias and Cristina Vee.

Chuey Martinez

Making it all go is Martinez, the likeable 36-year-old behemoth with a background in radio who like his idol endeavors to create a laid-back interview atmosphere in which his guests can be at their best.

“I’m very conversational,” Martinez explains. “I talk to whoever I’m interviewing like they’re a member of my family. I could be interviewing the biggest A-list celebrity and I could be interviewing my cousin and I’m going to treat them the same, my approach is going to be the same and I’m not going to change any of my delivery. And yeah, I kind of pride myself on that and I think I kind of have a reputation for that where when people sit down with me they know they’re going to get the real deal and it’s not going to be any BS. We’re going to have a good time and it’s going to be an interview they’ve never had or experienced before and it’s a good feeling.”

And they’ll get to meet Ana the Alpaca, the wooden statue that is a mainstay on the set.

“People seem to love and gravitate towards Ana and that’s what I wanted …,” Martinez says with a wry chuckle. “It is the first alpaca on late-night talk show in late-night talk show history and I hope she’s not the last because … there needs to be more alpaca representation on television.”

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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