On April 24, two-time Tony-winning actor Andrea Martin visited Late Night with Seth Meyers to talk about her newest television series, Great News, from 30 Rock creators Tina Fey and Richard Carlock. The show follows Martin as an intern at the TV station where her daughter works.
The comedic actor spoke of her time on the sketch comedy television show, SCTV (Second City Television). One of the characters Martin created was the high-spirited Edith Prickley, who she continues to revive in her solo concert show with music director Seth Rudetsky called Final Days Everything Must Go!
Meyers asked Martin if she had seen Hamilton since she is so ingrained in the theatre world. “I know Lin-Manuel Miranda,” she answered. “I knew Lin before Hamilton. In fact, I like to think I’m the reason Hamilton happened because he actually wrote a rap for Edith Prickley.
“I wanted to do something with Edith at the end of the show that was upbeat … so I asked Seth, and Seth introduced me to Lin [-Manuel Miranda],” said Martin. “This was a couple of years before Hamilton because he told me at the time that he was writing a musical about Alexander Hamilton and I thought, ‘Oh that’s gonna do really do well.’”
Although she claimed she didn’t remember the words to the rap, Martin performed it for Meyers and the Late Night audience word for word. Take a listen above.
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A Tony winner for My Favorite Year and the 2013 revival of Pippin, Martin also earned nominations for Candide, Oklahoma!, Young Frankenstein, and Noises Off. She is also well-known for her screen appearances, including her portrayal of Aunt Voula in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.