Bob Martin (comedian)

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Bob Martin
Martin, Bob (2006).jpg
Martin performing at "Broadway on Broadway" in 2006
Born December 8, 1962
London, England
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Writer
Known for Writer-performer, The Drowsy Chaperone
Writer, Slings & Arrows

Bob Martin is an actor and writer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada born in London, England in 1962. He has both performed in and written many TV shows.



Martin began his career with The Second City in Toronto in 1996.

He starred in the Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone as "Man in Chair." He also collaborated with Don McKellar on the book. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Man in Chair which he lost to John Lloyd Young for Jersey Boys, and shared the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical with Don McKellar.[1] After reprising his role as Man in Chair in London's West End production of The Drowsy Chaperone, for which he received an Olivier nomination, he starred in the show's North American tour for its first stop in Toronto until October 14, 2007. He was "reliniquishing his chair" to stay in Toronto with his wife and newborn son.[2][3]

Martin wrote the book for the musical Minsky's, which premiered at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles in 2009.[4]

He is currently adapting the classic film The Sting for Broadway.[5]


Martin has been involved in the award-winning series Slings & Arrows (TMN/Sundance), a TV show about a Canadian theatre company struggling to survive while a crazy genius director haunted by his dead mentor helps the actors find authenticity in their acting.[6] As one of the creators, Martin also serves as a writer (alongside fellow writers Susan Coyne and Mark McKinney) and a creative producer.[7]

He is also a writer of and star in the Canadian television sitcom Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays, which had its debut on CBC Television in fall 2011.[8][9]

He provided the voice of Cuddles the comfort doll on the Canadian TV show Puppets Who Kill, aired on The Comedy Network.


Television works[edit]

Year Series Credited as
Writer Actor Role Network
1998–2001 Improv Heaven and Hell Yes The Comedy Network
2002–2006 Puppets Who Kill Yes Cuddles (voice, 34 episodes) The Comedy Network
2003–2006 Slings & Arrows Yes Yes Terry The Movie Network/Sundance Channel
2011, 2016 Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays Yes Yes Dr. David Storper CBC Television
2014–2016 Sensitive Skin Yes Movie Central/The Movie Network
2015 The Second City Project Yes (also producer) Yes Fictional version of self Global

Theatre works[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2000 Canadian Comedy Awards Television - Writing - Episode or Special Comedy Now! Nominated
2001 Television - Pretty Funny Writing - Series Twitch City Nominated
2002 Television - Pretty Funny Writing - Series Made in Canada Nominated
Television - Pretty Funny Writing - Special or Episode (For episode Alan's Ex) Won
2003 Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series Nominated
2004 Best Writing in a Dramatic Series Slings and Arrows Nominated
Writers Guild of Canada Drama Series Slings and Arrows (For episode Madness in Great Ones) Nominated
Slings and Arrows (For episode Geoffrey's Return) Nominated
Slings and Arrows (For episode Outrageous Fortune) Won
2005 Canadian Comedy Awards Television - Pretty Funny Writing - Series Slings and Arrows Won
2006 Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Dramatic Series Won
Writers Guild of America Drama Series (One Hour) Slings and Arrows (For episode Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair) Nominated
Slings and Arrows (For episode Steeped in Blood) Won
Tony Award Best Book of a Musical The Drowsy Chaperone Won
Best Actor in a Musical Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Book of a Musical Won
Outstanding Actor in a Musical Nominated
New York Drama Critics' Circle Best Musical Won
Theatre World Award Theatre World Award Won
2007 Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Dramatic Series Slings and Arrows (For episode The Way Madness Lies) Won
Writers Guild of Canada Drama Series (One Hour) Won
2012 Canadian Comedy Awards Best Writing - Television Program or Series Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays Nominated
Best Performance by a Male - Television Nominated
2013 Canadian Screen Awards Best Comedy Program or Series Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role Nominated
Gemini Awards Bell Media Award for Best Comedy Program or Series Nominated


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-19. Retrieved 2013-12-19. Internet Broadway Database listing, Tony Awards 2006
  2. ^ Jones, Kenneth. " 'Drowsy Chaperone' Returns Home, to Toronto, for Tour Launch" Archived 2008-09-17 at the Wayback Machine.,, September 17, 2007
  3. ^ Brown,Tony. Plain Dealer (Cleveland), "Loving spoofs of musicals, in a musical", October 14, 2007, p.J1
  4. ^ Jones, Kenneth. " 'Minsky's', Burlesque-Set Musical by Strouse, Birkenhead and Martin, Opens in L.A." Archived December 19, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., February 6, 2009
  5. ^ The Second City Project Cast | Watch The Second City Project, retrieved 2018-04-05
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Third Season of TV's "Slings & Arrows" Pokes Lear in the Eye Feb. 18",, February 16, 2007
  7. ^ Dominus, Susan (2006-04-30). "In 'The Drowsy Chaperone,' Bob Martin's Birthday Present Became His Broadway Debut". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-06.
  8. ^ "Camelot & cover songs: Inside CBC’s new fall lineup" Archived January 29, 2013, at National Post, June 8, 2011.
  9. ^ "Premiere Week"

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