Andrea Martin

This article is about the actress and comedian. For other uses, see Andrea Martin (disambiguation).
Andrea Martin

Andrea Martin in 2015
Born Andrea Louise Martin
(1947-01-15) January 15, 1947
Portland, Maine, U.S.
Occupation Actress, comedian, singer, author
Years active 1969–present
Children 2

Andrea Louise Martin (born January 15, 1947) is an American actress, singer, author and comedian,[1][2] best known for her work in the television series SCTV. She has appeared in films such as Black Christmas (1974), Wag the Dog (1997), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016), and lent her voice to the animated films Anastasia (1997), The Rugrats Movie (1998) and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001).

Martin has been equally prolific in the world of theater, winning Tony Awards for both My Favorite Year and the 2013 revival of Pippin. Martin also appeared on Broadway in Candide, Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, Young Frankenstein, Exit the King and Act One. She has received five nominations for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, more than any other actress in the award's history. She received her first nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the 2016 revival of Noises Off.

She currently stars as Marilyn Kessler on the Hulu original series Difficult People.

Early life

Martin was born in 1947 in Portland, Maine,[3] the eldest of three children of Sybil A. (née Manoogian) and John Papazian Martin.[4] Her paternal grandparents were Armenian immigrants who moved to the U.S. from Turkey to escape the Armenian Genocide.[5][6][7] Her maternal grandparents were Armenians from Yerevan and Istanbul.[8] Her father owned Martin's Foods, a grocery store chain.[9]


Soon after graduating from Emerson College, she won a role in a touring company of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. After frequent visits to Toronto, she relocated from New York City to Toronto in 1970 and immediately found steady work in television, film, and theater.

In 1972, she played the character of Robin in a Toronto production of Godspell, with a company that included future stars Gilda Radner, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Victor Garber, and musical director Paul Shaffer.[10] Two of her early film appearances were in 1973's Cannibal Girls for which she won the Sitges Film Festival Award for Best Actress, and, in 1974, as the bookish sorority sister Phyllis in Black Christmas, a Canadian slasher film.

In 1976, she joined then-unknowns John Candy, Dave Thomas, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Harold Ramis and Joe Flaherty on the Canadian sketch comedy television series, SCTV, which was set at fictional television station "Second City Television", or SCTV, in Melonville. Martin most notably portrayed leopard-print-wearing station manager Edith Prickley, whose dealings with the staff, including president/owner Guy Caballero, clueless newscaster Earl Camembert, and washed-up actor Johnny LaRue, helped to provide much of the show's humor. Her other memorable characterizations included repressed sexologist Dr. Cheryl Kinsey, insecure self-affirmation guru Libby Wolfson, pidgin-tongued janitress Pirini Scleroso, tone-deaf children's entertainer Mrs. Falbo, Texan curio pitchwoman Edna Boil, and impossibly tight-jeaned Melba, the Disco Queen. Her talent for impersonation was key in her humorous portrayals of such luminaries as Barbra Streisand, Ethel Merman, Arlene Francis, Pauline Kael, Sally Field, Sophia Loren, Beverly Sills, Lynn Redgrave, Linda Lavin, Bernadette Peters, Liza Minnelli, Connie Francis, Mother Teresa, Joni Mitchell, Alice B. Toklas, Patti Smith, Brenda Vaccaro and Indira Gandhi.[11] In 1981, Martin was Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Variety Show for her work in SCTV.

Her 1970s stage work eventually included the Toronto branch of the improvisational comedy troupe The Second City, a group which produced almost the entire cast of SCTV. In 1992, she made her Broadway debut in the musical My Favorite Year, for which she won the Tony Award, Theatre World Award, and Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Additional Broadway credits include Candide (1997) and Oklahoma! (2002), and the Broadway premiere of Young Frankenstein (2007), all of which brought her Tony Award nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Martin starred alongside Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon in the Broadway revival of Exit the King. For her performance as Juliette, she was nominated for a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award. She wrote and performed in the critically acclaimed one-woman show Nude, Nude, Totally Nude in Los Angeles and New York City,[12] receiving a 1996 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One Person Show.

Other theater credits include the leads in The Rose Tattoo and Betty's Summer Vacation, for which she won the Elliot Norton Award for Best Actress, both produced at The Huntington Theatre in Boston. During the winter of 2012–2013, she played Berthe, Pippin's grandmother, in the American Repertory Theater production of Pippin in Cambridge, Massachusetts, singing the classic song "No Time At All".[13] The show transferred to Broadway at the Music Box Theatre and opened in April 2013. For Pippin Martin won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Martin's last performance as Berthe in the Broadway production of Pippin was on September 22, 2013. She appeared on Broadway in the new play written and directed by James Lapine, Act One, for which she received the Outer Critics Circle Award.

Martin has played Wanda the Word Fairy in numerous short segments on Sesame Street. She also appeared on Kate & Allie as the executive producer of a low-rated cable channel, which was spun-off into her own CBS series, "Roxie." Star Trek fans may recognize her as one of two actresses to play Ishka, Quark's iconoclastic mother on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. For her role, she was made up to appear as an older woman although in reality Martin is less than three years older than Armin Shimerman, who played Quark.

She has won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program in 1982 and 1983. She has done considerable voice work in such animated film and television productions such as Anastasia, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Rugrats as Aunt Miriam, The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue as Muriel - Floyd's Wife, The Simpsons (as Apu's mother), Recess as Lunchlady Harriet, the 1999 version of The Woody Woodpecker Show, Earthworm Jim, Kim Possible, The Buzz On Maggie, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Brother Bear 2. She also appeared in the 1993 television adaptation of Gypsy starring Bette Midler.

In 1997, Martin starred in the television series Life... and Stuff.[14]

Her many screen credits include All Over the Guy in which she played Dan Bucatinsky's Mom, Club Paradise, Wag the Dog, All I Want for Christmas, Worth Winning, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Stepping Out, The Producers, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, in which she portrayed Aunt Voula, a role she reprised in the small-screen adaptation, My Big Fat Greek Life, and the 2016 sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. In 2006, she played a major role in the remake of Black Christmas. She played Helaine in the 2009 break-out independent film Breaking Upwards. In the episode titled Pupil, she played an emergency room patient on the Showtime series, Nurse Jackie, which was aired July 27, 2009. In 2012, She provided the voice of Penny in the American Dad! episode "Stan's Best Friend" and appeared in an episode of 30 Rock titled "My Whole Life Is Thunder." Martin recently appeared in Night at the Museum 3 and Hulu's original series, Difficult People, starring Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner and produced by Amy Poehler. It premiered August 5, 2015.

She appears in the NBC sitcom Working the Engels.

Martin recently performed as Dotty Otley in the limited run Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Noises Off, directed by Jeremy Herrin. Martin was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance.

Martin tours throughout Canada and the United States in her one-woman show, "Andrea Martin: Final Days, Everything Must Go!" with her musical director Seth Rudetsky.

Personal life

Martin is an American citizen. Her two sons have dual Canadian-American status due to their father's Canadian citizenship.[15]


Since 2000, Martin has been a prominent spokesperson for the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) and host of their annual gala.



Year Title Role Notes
1971 Foxy Lady Girl Next Door
1973 Cannibal Girls Gloria Wellaby
1974 Black Christmas Phyl
1976 The Rimshots TV movie
1980 Wholly Moses! Zipporah
1982 Soup for One Concord Seductress
1986 Club Paradise Linda White
1987 Innerspace Waiting Room Patient
1988 Martha, Ruth & Edie Ruth
1989 Rude Awakening April Stool
Worth Winning Claire Broudy
1990 Too Much Sun Bitsy
1991 Stepping Out Dorothy
All I Want for Christmas Olivia
Ted & Venus Bag Lady
1992 Boris and Natasha: The Movie Toots TV movie
Itsy Bitsy Spider Music Teacher (voice) Short
1996 Bogus Penny
1997 Anastasia Phlegmenkoff, Old Woman (voice)
Wag the Dog Liz Butsky
1998 The Rugrats Movie Aunt Miriam (voice)
The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue Muriel (voice) Direct-to-video
1999 Bartok the Magnificent Baba Yaga (voice) Direct-to-video
2000 Believe Muriel Twyman
Loser Professor
2001 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Phyllis Stein
Recess: School's Out Lunchlady Harriet (voice)
All Over the Guy Dr. Ellen Wyckoff
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Ms. Fowl (voice)
2002 My Big Fat Greek Wedding Aunt Voula
2004 New York Minute Senator Anne Lipton
2005 The Producers Kiss Me-Feel Me
2006 The TV Set Becky
Brother Bear 2 Anda (voice) Direct-to-video
How to Eat Fried Worms Mrs. Bommley
Young Triffie Mrs. Grace Melrose
Black Christmas Barbara 'Ms. Mac' MacHenry
2007 Barbie as the Island Princess Queen Ariana (voice) Direct-to-video
2008 The Toe Tactic Honey (voice)
2009 Breaking Upwards Helaine
2012 BuzzKill Lil Albright (voice)
Girl Most Likely Stage Zelda
Delivering the Goods Anna
2014 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Rose (Archivist)
2016 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Aunt Voula
2016 Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz The Hungry Tiger (voice) Direct-to-video


Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour Baffin Islander, Anthem Singer #2 Episode dated September 18
1975 King of Kensington Wilma Willoughby Episode: "The Joy of Kensington"
1976 The Sunshine Hour Regular
1976–1977 The David Steinberg Show Julie Liverfoot 3 episodes
1976–1984 Second City Television Various 74 episodes
1981 Titans George Sand Episode: "George Sand"
1986 Kate & Allie Eddie Gordon 2 episodes
1987 Roxie Roxie Brinkerhoff 6 episodes
1987–2009 Sesame Street Wanda Falbo, Various 8 episodes
1988 The Elephant Show Herself Episode: "Unicef"
Poison Melissa
The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley Mrs. Freebus (voice) 13 episodes
1989 The Tracey Ullman Show Therapy Patient Episode #3.20
1991 The Carol Burnett Show Skit characters
1992 Camp Candy Additional voices Episode: "When It Rains... It Snows"
Maniac Mansion Dr. Fontana Blue (voice) Episode: "Idella's Breakdown"
Darkwing Duck Splatter Phoenix (voice) Episode: "Paint Misbehavin'"
Goof Troop Mrs. Willoughby (voice) Episode: "Goofin' Up the Social Ladder"
Frosty Returns Miss Carbuncle (voice) TV special
1992–2002 Rugrats Aunt Miriam (voice) 7 episodes
1994 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Gromble's Mom (voice) 2 episodes
The Martin Short Show Alice Manoogan 3 episodes
Batman: The Animated Series Mighty Mom, Lisa Lorraine (voice) Episode: "Make 'Em Laugh"
Duckman Madame Rosebud (voice) Episode: "A Civil War"
1995 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Ishka Episode: "Family Business"
1995–1996 Earthworm Jim Queen Slug-For-A-Butt (voice) 11 episodes
1996 Duckman Mayor Gallagher (voice) Episode: "The Longest Weekend"
1997 Life... and Stuff Christine Episode: "Life... and Fisticuffs"
Recess Lunchlady Harriet (voice)
Meego Connie Episode: "The Truth About Cars and Dogs"
The Simpsons Apu's Mom (voice) Episode: "The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons"
1998 Damon Carol Czynencko 7 episodes
The Lionhearts Additional voices Episode: "But Some of My Best Friends Are Clowns"
CatDog Talluhla, Indian (voice) Episode: "All About Cat/Trespassing"
The Wild Thornberrys Mother Condor (voice) Episode: "Flight of the Donnie"
Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain Ms. Entebee (voice) 3 episodes
1998–1999 Hercules Additional voices 5 episodes
1998–2000 Superman: The Animated Series Mad Harriet (voice) 4 episodes
1999 Timon and Pumbaa Additional voices Episode: "Whiff/To Be Bee or Not to Be Bee"
The Outer Limits Lil Vaughn Episode: "Joyride"
The Norm Show Millie Episode: "Norm vs. Death"
1999–2000 George and Martha Martha (voice) 26 episodes
1999–2001 The New Woody Woodpecker Show Ms. Meany (voice) 7 episodes
2001 Committed Frances Wilder (voice)
DAG Betty Winn Episode: "Basketball Jones"
Primetime Glick Anne Heche 2 episodes
2002 Just for Laughs Edith Prickley
Ed Kaye Pazzuti Episode: "Two Days of Freedom"
Crossing Jordan Nora Kaminski Episode: "Miracles & Wonders"
2002–2006 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Ms. Fowl (voice) 46 episodes
2003 My Big Fat Greek Life Voula 7 episodes
Ozzy & Drix Aunti Histamine (voice) Episode: "Aunti Histamine"
2003–2007 Kim Possible Mrs. Stoppable (voice) 11 episodes
2005 Chilly Beach Lucretia Marinara (voice) Episode: "You've Got Meat"
Hope & Faith Madame Elizabeth Episode: "Season Finale"
2006 Kitchen Confidential Margie Episode: "The Robbery"
Cracking Up Carol Baxter Episode: "The Fixer"
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Monster Wife (voice) Episode: "Be A-Fred, Be Very A-Fred"
2007 St. Urbain's Horseman Sarah Hersh Episode: "Part 1 & 2"
SpongeBob SquarePants Miss Priss (voice) Episode: "Banned in Bikini Bottom"
2009 Nurse Jackie Mrs. Greenfield Episode: "Pupil"
2010 Little Mosque on the Prairie Dr. Lois Kettlebaum Episode: "The Letter"
Dino Dan Mrs. Hahn 3 episodes
2010–2011 The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Various 3 episodes
2012 30 Rock Bonnie Episode: "My Whole Life Is Thunder"
2012–2013 Fugget About It The Virgin Mary (voice) 3 episodes
2013 Crash & Bernstein Mother Green Episode: "Crash on the Run"
2014 Working the Engels Ceil Engel 12 episodes
American Dad! Sri Lankan Worker (voice) Episode: "Now and Gwen"
2015 The Jack and Triumph Show Elena Ekalakavarakova Episode: "The Commercial"
Difficult People Marilyn Kessler 8 episodes
Modern Family Fig Wilson Episode: "White Christmas"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1973 Sitges Film Festival Award Best Actress Cannibal Girls Won
1982 Emmy Award Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Second City Television Won
1983 Won
1993 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical My Favorite Year Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Won
Theatre World Award Honoree
1996 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Solo Performance Nude Nude Totally Nude Nominated
1997 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical Candide Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated
2002 Elliot Norton Award Outstanding Actress, Large Company Betty's Summer Vacation Won
Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical Oklahoma! Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated
2008 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical Young Frankenstein Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated
2009 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Exit the King Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Nominated
2013 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical Pippin Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Won
Fred and Adele Astaire Award Best Female Dancer in a Broadway Show Nominated
Elliot Norton Award Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actress Won
2016 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play Noises Off Nominated

Published works


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  4. Routher, Ray."Doing OK"Maine Sunday Telegram (Portland, Maine) (abstract), April 28, 2002, p1E
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  6. Wadler, Joyce."Boldface Names: Today He Would Have His Own Show on Fox"The New York Times, January 26, 2005
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  8. "Sybil A. Martin"Portland Press Herald (ME) (abstract), January 19, 1995, p.11B
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  14. "Review: 'Life and Stuff'". Variety. June 6, 1997.
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