"He's like your favorite uncle who will pat you on the back, tell you a funny story, and then sneak you a shot of Tequila."
— Jared Mittelo, Honest Fox Media
William Lee Martin’s comedy style is storytelling at its finest. With material based on the family man’s real life, Martin's fantastic timing keeps the punchlines coming with just enough time to catch your breath between bits.
Martin’s 2022 Off the Leash Tour is launching on December 31st, in Fort Worth, Texas. Following the unprecedented success of his 2021 All American Mutt Tour, the Off the Leash Tour features brand new material along with an encore of fan favorites like “Grandma’s Pushy.”
Martin’s career started in 1996 at the age of 30 where he rose at a meteoric pace from open-mic night to club headliner in just 3 short years. You might remember him as “Cowboy Bill.” He also entertained military troops overseas, toured with country music stars like George Strait, George Jones and Brad Paisley, and even performed with all four of the Blue Collar Comedy stars.
Martin quips, "I am a proud backsliding, beer drinking, tequila shooting, Christian mutt just trying to be the best version of me that I can. During the pandemic, I was deemed ‘nonessential.' The lesson I learned is that I'm never holding back again. Being Off the Leash is as much as mantra as it is the title of my tour."
You can see two of Martin’s critically acclaimed Comedy Dynamics Network stand-up specials, “Standing in the Middle” (released Nov. 5, 2019) and “The Nutcracker – A Christmas Standup Spectacular” (released Dec. 10, 2019) on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google, YouTube TV, X-Box, Dish, Sling and in audio form on Sirius XM, Pandora, iTunes, and Spotify. These specials were the follow-ups to his 2015 self-produced smash hit television special on the CMT network, “Let the Laughter Roll”.
Originally from Blue Mound, Texas, William Lee Martin sold out shows across the country when he returned to the stage after the 2020 lock down. As a natural storyteller, Martin’s comedy has a down home feel without being folksy, it’s honest without being raunchy, and although Martin works clean, he admits he's no choir boy.
Mike Crow of Shooter-FM, said, “Martin’s live comedy show is hilariously funny. He doesn’t use foul language but is willing to take material to the edge and lean over as far as he can. He personifies the sophisticated redneck who quotes Shakespeare while drinking a beer.”
With a career that spans 25 years, many remember Martin by his original stage name “Cowboy Bill”, which is also his real life nickname. Today you can connect with him via his “4pm Daily Talk Y’all” on Facebook, where since the start of the pandemic he’s brought positivity, a lot of laughs, and some levity to his nearly half a million followers. You can also watch him on TikTok, where he has over 2 million likes.
Perhaps Martin’s proudest achievement is the success of his non-profit organization: The Cowboys Who Care Foundation, which was designed to provide support, smiles and free cowboy hats to kids living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The foundation is generously sponsored by Resistol hats.
In the last few years Martin’s taken his songwriting aspirations to new heights thanks to a publishing deal with Nashville’s Myriad Publishing. “He has an amazing gift for words. It won't be long till everyone from Nashville to Austin will want to write with him” Steve Cox, president of Myriad Publishing.
(2018) “300 Savage” an independent film shot in Montana. Part - "Deputy Sheriff" “He was so much fun to work with and he owned his role. I really hope he and I can collaborate on something again,” Jennings Barmore, Director.
(2020) "W.W.J.R." a comedy of Biblical proportions. Part - "By God Byron" - he's the sleazy, used car salesman type of church revitalizations.
(2021) “Mike Huckabee Show” Featured guest and comedian
(2019) “Dallas Days Fort Worth Nights” Co-producer and Host of this late-night show pilot for The Country Network
(2019) “Island Hoppers” Celebrity judge for the Thrillist and Carnival Cruise Lines television series hosted by James Van Der Beek
On the home front, Martin is happily married and the proud father of five beautiful children and four grandsons. He's an avid golfer. And yes, he's a real cowboy too.
Martin’s live comedy show is hilariously funny. He doesn’t use foul language but is willing to take material to the edge and lean over as far as he can. He personifies the sophisticated redneck who quotes Shakespeare while drinking a beer.
Mike Crow - Shooter FM
Cowboys Who Care
What Bill and his wife Michele created was more than just a 501c3 non-profit with the Cowboys Who Care Foundation. Sure they help provide free Resistol cowboy Hats to kids with cancer and other life threatening illnesses but more importantly they provide smiles.
Pete Carr, Pete Carr Rodeo
I earn a living writing and performing comedy. I feed my soul however by writing screenplays, poems and songs. Maybe one day I'll be known for that too.
William Lee Martin
William Lee is also a talented songwriter.
He signed with Myriad Publications
Nashville, TN in May 2021
Listen to his co-writes >