Spending the Night with Andrea Martin in LA


LOS ANGELES — Journalist and Armenian International Women’s Association member Joan Agajanian Quinn recently interviewed actress Andrea Martin who is starring in an upcoming Armenian International Women’s Association (AIWA) fundraiser. Tickets are on sale for “Broadway in LA: An Evening with Andrea Martin hosted by Seth Rudetsky,” opening on May 27 at the El Portal Theater on Lankersheim Blvd.,  North Hollywood.

Quinn recently interviewed Martin, the gifted actress and comedienne. The two had met in Boston when Martin had spoken at a program for AIWA in 1992.

“I had just returned from a trip to Armenia. I think this was around 1992, when Gorbachev had just been ousted and Armenia gained its independence. A very exciting and tumultuous time for the country,” Martin recalled.

According to Quinn, one of AIWA’s founders, Olga Prudian, told her that Martin was “a princess,” a favorite adjective of hers for those she liked. Quipped Martin, “I have always considered Olga an Armenian queen, so it is fitting that I am one of her princesses.”

Martin said that Prudians and her family were part of the Armenian community in Portland, Maine, when she was growing up and that she had known her all her life.

Martin is a regular supporter of AIWA, as well as the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF).

“Anything I can do to support my extended Armenian family, here and in Armenia, I am so pleased to do. Nothing is more satisfying than using the celebrity I have, for organizations I believe in,” she said.

As for what to expect on May 27 and beyond, “Expect to laugh, to eat and be merry. In the dark times we are living in, I love that I can bring some levity to my fellow Armenians. There will be recognizable songs, from Broadway shows I’ve performed in, sketches from SCTV, banter with radio host extraordinaire, Seth Rudetsky, and interactions with the audience. It’s a fun filled 90 minutes!”

She concluded, “Being Armenian is who I am. Being authentic and genuine is what defines you and contributes to a long career.  I am beyond grateful to have the roots I have in Armenian culture and history. I wear my heritage as a badge of honor.”

Martin has won Tony, Drama Desk and Emmy awards for her work on Broadway, off-Broadway and television. She has starred in dozens of movies, including “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and “Wag the Dog,” as well as “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” She was a chameleon in “SCTV” comedy sketch show. She is currently starring on “Great News” on NBC.