“Tina Fey is very modest, doesn’t have a big ego,” praises Andrea Martin about her prolific “Great News” producer during our recent interview (watch our exclusive video above). Martin previously worked with Fey and Robert Carlock on both “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “30 Rock,” and now she’s the co-star of their new NBC comedy which was created by Tracey Wigfield. “You wouldn’t know that she was a first-time showrunner,” Martin says of Wigfield, who won an Emmy for co-writing the “30 Rock” series finale with Fey in 2013.
“I love this show because it’s so chock-full of juicy comedy lines,” Martin notes about the fast pace of “Great News,” the laugh-out-loud NBC comedy that takes place behind the scenes of a local newsroom. “[The jokes] go by really fast and you kind of take it for granted because they’re known for doing shows like that. There’s no wasted air. [It’s] very rich and comedic material.”
Speaking about her character Carol Wendelson, the overly involved mother of Briga Heelan‘s Katherine, Martin raves, “I love the character. She makes me laugh and giggle. I think it’s a great thing for an actor when they can actually delight themselves in lines or the way they approach a character.” Martin continues that Carol is “relatable to me because I have two sons. I like playing that age of a person. I like that John Michael Higgins and I get to represent another generation.”
Also in our chat, Martin is happy to discuss her Tony Awards career including the fact that she holds the record for the most nominations (five) in the Best Featured Actress in a Musical category. As Ariana Grande‘s TV mother in NBC’s “Hairspray Live,” Martin talks candidly about the young star’s “real bravery and courage” following the Manchester attack at her concert. And Martin addresses whether “SCTV” fans will ever see a reunion or revival of the popular sketch comedy series.
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