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If her old pal Steve Martin had his way, Andrea Martin’s first book would have been called Perky Tits. Apparently the actress is legendary among her friends for having just that – and, in her younger days, being quick to show them. In fact this title remained at the top of the Word document as she was writing until, she tells Off the Cuff, “Costco was going to sell my book in Canada and they wouldn’t allow the name Perky Tits on their shelves next to the bulk buying of Advil.” And thus, Lady Parts won out.
And what are the parts that make up this particular lady, who, depending on one’s generation, is either that famous comedienne from Canada’s groundbreaking sketch comedy show SCTV, or the crazy aunt in My Big Fat Greek Wedding? That’s exactly what we set to find out as Martin walks us through being cast in a production Godspell with other unknown up-and-comers like Eugene Levy and future brother-in-law Martin Short; to joining Second City in Toronto with a cast that included Levy, John Candy, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and Catherine O’Hara, who all then went on to write and star in SCTV, Canada’s Saturday Night Live equivalent that was responsible for shooting all of those performers and more to fame.
Along the way Martin married fellow SCTV‘er Bob Dolman and the two eventually moved to Los Angeles with their two sons, where Martin was suddenly faced with the bizarre life of being a working actor and mother in a world a far cry from the remote town of Edmonton, Canada where SCTV shot for six seasons. She reminisces with us about dropping her kids off at school, where celebrities like Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman also sent their children:
“There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Meryl Streep handed off her lunches to her kids,” she recalls, “and, with the same determination as her character Sophie in Sophie’s Choice, made the choice to get in her Volvo station wagon and drive away.”
She also tells us why she eventually stopped relying on botox and filler (“Who gives a shit? Nobody cared!”), why she doesn’t think some of her SCTV sketches would ever be allowed on television today (“You see me breast feeding a little baby and then there’s a cut and then it’s John Candy”) and why the recent controversy about Renee Zellweger should really be about her.
“I fly to Atlanta to get my haircut,” she says about a very expensive habit she cops to in her book. “Why isn’t that on Facebook? People should be talking about that insanity!”
Listen to Martin’s full interview in this episode of Off the Cuff and be sure to subscribe to #pretapodcasts on iTunes for all the latest episodes.
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