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Martin wants her solo show to give all a chuckle

An­drea Mar­tin

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“You should real­ize you are per­fect just the way you are. So just keep work­ing any time and any place you can find work, and don’t listen to oth­er people who are try­ing to change or sup­press you, be­cause you can make your own ca­reer.”

So said mul­tiaward-win­ning comedi­enne/act­ress An­drea Mar­tin, who will share an even­ing of com­edy and song in her new one-wo­man show set for the DuPont Theat­er in Wilm­ing­ton from May 15-20.

Mar­tin’s show, Fi­nal Days! Everything Must Go!, is a kind of tag-sale com­edy and mu­sic­al ex­tra­vag­anza where everything is up for grabs, and in­cludes fa­vor­ite Broad­way tunes as well as mem­or­able Second­CityTV char­ac­ters. Mar­tin said she will open the book on her life, ca­reer and fam­ous Hol­ly­wood friends through song, story, and a bit of Greek dan­cing.

Born in Port­land, Maine, the old­est of three chil­dren, Mar­tin said she was prob­ably born to per­form. It all began when she was just 9 and joined the Port­land Chil­dren’s Theat­er.

“I al­ways en­joyed play­ing lar­ger-than-life char­ac­ters and al­ways had a huge ima­gin­a­tion. But I didn’t real­ize then that I could build a ca­reer on that,” said the 65-year-old act­ress.

But she did. Soon after gradu­at­ing from Emer­son Col­lege as a theat­er ma­jor, Mar­tin won a role in the tour­ing com­pany of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.

“I think I just happened to be in the right place at the right time,“ Mar­tin said. “They were look­ing for a short act­ress who could play Lucy, the bossy little girl in the show. I guess I just fit the bill. That show got me my Equity card,” she ad­ded, re­fer­ring to mem­ber­ship in the Act­ors’ Equity As­so­ci­ation, “so after that I was off to the races.”

Mar­tin even­tu­ally re­lo­cated from New York City to Toronto, Canada, where she im­me­di­ately found steady theat­er work. She also was cast in sev­er­al films.

But soon she joined then-un­knowns John Candy, Dave Thomas, Eu­gene Levy, Cath­er­ine O’Hara and oth­ers on the Ca­na­dian sketch-com­edy tele­vi­sion series SCTV. One of Mar­tin’s most mem­or­able char­ac­ters on the show was leo­pard-print-wear­ing sta­tion man­ager Edith Prickley (still one of her fa­vor­ites, along with Aunt Voula from My Big Fat Greek Wed­ding), 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.

Some of her oth­er mem­or­able char­ac­ters in­cluded repressed sex­olo­gist Dr. Cheryl Kin­sey, tone-deaf chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­er Mrs. Falbo, Tex­an curio pitch­wo­man Edna Boil, and im­possibly tight-jeaned Mel­ba, the Disco Queen.

“Those were great days,” Mar­tin ad­mit­ted, “and they led to so many oth­er op­por­tun­it­ies for me.”

For ex­ample, Mar­tin was able to make 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.

And there were more hit shows, in­clud­ing Can­dide and Ok­lahoma! — both of which brought her Tony nom­in­a­tions — and Fid­dler On the Roof. She also ap­peared as Frau Blucher in the Broad­way premiere of Young Franken­stein.

 “I love do­ing com­edy, but I also love some of the more ser­i­ous roles I’ve had,” Mar­tin ex­plained. “Com­edy is really hard be­cause you’re al­ways stand­ing there listen­ing for the re­sponse, but still I love it.

“I’ve also en­joyed ex­pand­ing my ho­ri­zons, like play­ing in Exit the King on Broad­way. It was a play that forced me to delve very deeply to for­mu­late who my char­ac­ter was,” she ad­ded.

Next, Mar­tin said, she’d like to do an­oth­er TV series, and play juicy parts in films where she could make out with guys like Johnny Depp.

“Who knows?” she said. “Maybe soon it’ll all come to pass!” ••

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