Andrea Martin began her career as a singing chicken on the Captain Kangaroo television show. She was then cast in the United States Touring Company of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, in which she played Lucy. During the tour, she visited Toronto Canada, fell in love with the city, moved there and within a month, got cast in the Toronto production of Godspell, in what is now considered the legendary cast; Victor Garber, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Gilda Radner, Jayne Eastwood and Paul Shaffer, their musical director. Ms. Martin went on to appear in Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” as well as “Private Lives” with Maggie Smith and Brian Bedford at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Theatre.
Ms. Martin has appeared in numerous theatre and television productions in Canada, the most notable being, Toronto’s Second City stage show for five years which led to the critically claimed SCTV. She has hosted every televised award program in the country, is the recipient of both the Canada Walk of Fame and Women in Television and Film awards. For Martin’s work in the recent Toronto production of Love, Loss and What I Wore, as well as her one woman show, “Final Days! Everything Must Go!!”, she received Broadwayworld.com’s 2010 best actress and best theatrical event awards.
Ms Martin has also received four ACTRA awards for her participation in SCTV, two GEMINI nominations for hosting the 2007 Winnipeg Comedy Festival and for the CBC miniseries, St. Urban’s Horseman.
Her film credits include: My Big Fat Greek Wedding, (Sag award nomination and People’s Choice Award, best ensemble), Night at the Museum 3, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Breaking Upwards, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, All Over the Guy, Stepping Out, Bogus, Wag the Dog, New York Minute, both the original and remake of Black Christmas, and Cannibal Girls,(co-starring Eugene Levy) for which she won the Best Actress Award at SITGES, the international horror film festival of Spain.
For her work on “SCTV” Ms. Martin won 2 Emmy Awards for writing and received an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Variety series. Her additional television credits include My Big Fat Greek Life, Nurse Jackie, Thirty Rock, Modern Family, and Hairspray Live!. She is the recipient of 3 American Comedy Award nominations for several cable specials including her own “Andrea Martin Together Again,” for Showtime, which also received a Cable Ace Award nomination for writing.
She has lent her voice to an impressive list of animated projects including Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, The Rugrats Movie, The Simpsons, Superman, Anastasia, George and Martha, and Sesame Street for which she received a special Emmy Award.
Martin has received more Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations as a Featured Actress in a Musical than any other actress. Beginning with My Favorite Year in 1993 for which she won both awards as well as the Theatre World Award, and in 2013 she again won the Tony and Drama desk as well as the Outer Critics Circle and Elliot Norton awards for her role as Bertha in the revival of Pippin. Ms. Martin was also nominated for the Tony and Drama Desk award for Young Frankenstein, Oklahoma!, and Candide. She was last seen on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Revival of Noises Off for which she received her first Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Other Broadway productions include starring opposite Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon in Exit the King, for which she received Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Award nominations, Lincoln Center Theater’s Act One for which she received the Outer Critic Circle award, and the 2004 revival of The Fiddler on the Roof. Martin’s off-Broadway theater credits include her one-woman show Nude, Nude, Totally Nude, for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination, On the Town for City Center Encores!, The Exonerated, The Vagina Monologues and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Martin has appeared regionally in The Torch-Bearers, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Matchmaker, The Royal Family (all at Williamstown Theatre Festival). She also starred in the Huntington Theatre Company productions of The Rose Tattoo, and Betty’s Summer Vacation, for which she won the IRNE and the Elliot Norton Award for Best Actress.