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The hilarious, revealing, frank, unconventional and bestselling memoir by the funniest woman--and possibly funniest human--on the planet
Whether lighting up the small screen, stealing scenes on the big screen or starring on the stage, Andrea Martin has long entertained Canadians with her hilarious characterizations and heartwarming performances. An important player in SCTV, the funniest show ever to come out of Canada, Martin helped change the face of television by introducing us to a host of characters, including the indomitable Edith Prickley. Martin has worked stages, sets and even trapezes across North America, playing to houses packed with adoring fans, all of whom instantly recognize the star who has entertained us for nearly forty years.
In Lady Parts, for the first time, Martin opens up in a series of eclectic, human, always entertaining and often moving essays. She shares her fondest remembrances of a life in show business and reflects on motherhood, relationships, no relationships, family, chimps in tutus, squirrels, and why she always flies to Atlanta to get her hair cut. Lady Parts will make you smile and may make you cry—a powerful collection of stories by a woman with a truly storied life.
About the Author
Andrea Martin was cast in the 1970 American touring company production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, in which she played Lucy. During the tour, she visited Toronto, fell in love with the city and moved there. Soon after, she was cast in the legendary Toronto production of Godspell, with fellow performers Victor Garber, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, Gilda Radner, Jayne Eastwood and Paul Shaffer, the musical director. Martin has appeared in numerous theater and television productions around the world, including Toronto's Second City stage show, which led to the critically acclaimed SCTV. She has also been recognized with many awards, especially prized among them her two Emmys, two Tonys and from Canada, her two Geminis and four ACTRAs. After winning the 2013 Tony for creating the role of Berthe in the revival of Pippin, she returned to the stage in April of this year in Act One, for which she won the Outer Critics Circle award. This fall finds her once again on Broadway for 24 special performances of Pippin before packing her trapeze and taking the show to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Her next film, Night at the Museum 3, opens December 19.
“I have loved Andrea Martin from afar for many years, but now, after reading this funny and heroically honest book, I would like to take things to the ‘next level’ and marry her.” — Tina Fey
“A lively, bawdy, and emotional memoir from one of our finest comedic artists.” — Steve Martin
“Andrea Martin’s genius at combining hilarity and poignancy is breathtaking and will break your heart. From the first page, you nkow this is going to be a brilliant and joyous ride with one of the truly great, funny originals.” — Martin Short
“Andrea Martin is a remarkable woman, and she has written a remarkable book of very personal, brutally honest, hilariously funny, and incredibly moving essays.” — Nathan Lane
“Martin’s new book is filled with her trademark humour.” — CBC.ca
“Our country’s favourite funnywoman.” — Toronto Star
“[A] hilarious autobiographical book. . . . What shines through most in Lady Parts is her wonderful warmth and humanity.” — Huffington Post
“Lady Parts transcends the conventions of celebrity memoir to reveal, with incredible and moving honesty, the insides of a gymnastic brain on overdrive.” — Sam Wasson, New York Times-bestselling author of Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. and Fosse