(December 9, 2014 – Toronto, ON) Helga Stephenson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced that Andrea Martin will host the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards, which will be broadcast live on CBC on Sunday March 1, 2015. “Andrea Martin is the perfect host as we move into the gorgeous Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts,” said Stephenson. Stage and screen star Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) previously hosted the Academy’s former Gemini Awards on CBC in 1986 and 1987 to rave reviews. “I’m thrilled to be hosting the CSAs,” said Martin, “especially since the film and television awards have converged on one special night. It gives Canadians everywhere, more time to figure out what’s happening on Orphan Black,” she wisecracked. “Andrea Martin is an unrivalled comedian,” said Jennifer Dettman, CBC Executive Director of Studio and Unscripted Content. “We are honoured to welcome her back to the CBC to host the live 2 hour 2015 Canadian Screen Awards,” she added.
The US-born Andrea Martin first appeared in children`s theatre. Later as a teenager, she made her professional debut as a singer at Portland`s annual Armenian Dance and Picnic. After earning her degree from Maine`s Emerson College, she moved to New York City and then later came to Toronto. Her early films in Canada include Cannibal Girls in 1973 and Black Christmas in 1974.
Her work – both on stage and screen – was celebrated once again when she won the Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics, and Eliot Norton award for Best Featured actress in a musical, for her show-stopping performance as Berthe, in the 2013 revival of“Pippin. Martin followed this by receiving the Outer Critics Outstanding Featured Actress Award in the James Lapine adaptation of Moss Hart’s Act One.
Previous theatre work includes both Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award nominations for her role as Juliette, opposite Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon, in the Broadway production of Exit the King. Other Broadway credits include, Frau Blucher in Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein, which brought (Tony and Drama Desk nominations. She also picked up Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics nominations for her performance as Aunt Eller in Oklahoma, and the Old Lady in Candide, as well as My Favorite Year at the Lincoln Center for which she won her first Tony Drama Desk and Theatre World Awards.
Andrea Martin received two Emmy awards for writing and an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a variety series for her work on the legendary sketch comedy show, SCTV. Martin received a special Emmy for her contributions on Sesame Street as well. Martin’s Television work includes: Nurse Jackie, 30 Rock; and her own special for ShowTime, the hilareously titled Andrea Martin: Together Again. Martin tours North America with her one-person show entitled, Final Days! Everything Must Go!! and starred in the NBC/Shaw series Working the Engels.
Andrea Martin’s film appearances include Club Paradise, Wag the Dog, The Producers, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, All Over the Guy, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding (SAG award nomination, best ensemble and People’s Choice award). Martin will be seen this Christmas opposite Ben Stiller, in the movie Night at the Museum 3.