Andrea Martin

Active - 1964 - 2018  |   Born - Jan 15, 1947 in Portland, Maine, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Children's/Family

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Biography by Jason Buchanan

From her debut as an improvisational comic on the hit series SCTV to her later status as a voice-over artist for such popular children's shows as Sesame Street and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Emmy-winning actress Andrea Martin has remained a recognizable performer to generations of television viewers. A native of Maine whose relocation to the Great White North found her signing on with the Toronto branch of the famed Second City comedy troupe, Martin formed close working relationships with such fellow improv-ers as Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara. Fueled by a powerhouse group of comic talent that included such future stars as John Candy, Martin Short, and Rick Moranis, the Second City troupe gained a loyal following and after small roles in such features as Cannibal Girls and Black Christmas, Martin followed the troupe to the small screen with Second City TV in 1976. Equally, if not more hilarious than its American counterpart Saturday Night Live in the eyes of many comedy fans, SCTV ultimately went through three small-screen incarnations including SCTV: Network 90 and SCTV Channel before calling it quits in 1984.

Though she would remain closely involved with her former cast-mates on such projects as Club Paradise, Innerspace, The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley, and Camp Candy (the latter two marking her entrance into voice-over work), Martin also branched out on her own as the title character in the 1987 television series Roxie and as a cast member in the 1991 version of The Carol Burnett Show. The '90s found her frequently alternating between television and film, and though roles in such features as Boris and Natasha and Bogus did little to further her career, fans could still catch a glimpse of the old magic when Martin joined former cast-mate Short in 1994's short-lived The Martin Short Show. On the heels of more voice-over work in such efforts as television's Recess: School's Out and the hit Disney feature Anastasia, Martin joined the cast of Sesame Street in 1998, marking something of a shift to more family-oriented material (save for an appearance in the 2001 musical comedy Hedwig and the Angry Inch) that would keep her very busy into the new millennium. Even as a voice-over artist, Martin still got the occasional opportunity to perform alongside old friends Levy (The Kid) and Martin (Prince Charming). Even if the next generation would remember her face mainly from appearances in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and New York Minute, the release of SCTV on DVD in 2004 offered parents with fond memories of the series a chance to share it with their children and show them where all the fun began.

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  • Is of Armenian descent.
  • Appeared in a celebrated Canadian production of Godspell with Gilda Radner, Martin Short and Victor Garber (with Paul Shaffer serving as musical director) in 1972.
  • Made her feature-film debut in the Ivan Reitman-directed Cannibal Girls (1973).
  • Joined Toronto's Second City troupe in 1975.
  • Made her Broadway debut in a production of My Favorite Year, for which she won a Best Actress Tony Award.
  • Transitioned her SCTV character Mrs. Falbo over to Sesame Street, where she played word fairy Wanda Falbo in multiple appearances.
  • Wrote and performed the one-woman shows Nude Nude Totally Nude (1996) and Andrea Martin: Final Days! Everything Must Go!! (2010).
  • Supports the Children of Armenia Fund, which helps kids in impoverished regions of Armenia.