Andrea Martin's career began in the US 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 and was cast in the Toronto production of Godspell, in what is now considered a legendary cast: Victor Garber, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Gilda Radner, Jayne Eastwood and Paul Shaffer, their musical director. 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.
Martin has appeared in numerous theater and television productions in Canada, the most notable being Toronto's Second City stage show for five years, which led to the critically acclaimed “SCTV.” She has hosted every televised award program in the country and 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.
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 “Delivering the Goods,” “Breaking Upwards,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (which she received a SAG Award nomination and People's Choice Award for best ensemble), “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “All Over the Guy,” Mary Walsh's “Young Triffie's Been Made Away With,” “Stepping Out,” “Bogus,” “Wag the Dog,” “New York Minute,” “Black Christmas” (both the original and the remake) 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,” Martin won two 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,” “Little Mosque on the Prairie” and “Nurse Jackie.”