Bob Martin (comedian)
December 8, 1962
|Known for||Writer and Actor, The Drowsy Chaperone|
Writer and Actor, Slings & Arrows
In 2005, he made his Broadway debut starring as “Man in Chair” in the musical The Drowsy Chaperone, which he co-wrote with Don McKellar (book), and Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison (music and lyrics). He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical and won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical with Don McKellar. He reprised his role as Man in Chair in London's West End production of The Drowsy Chaperone, for which he received an Olivier nomination. Martin then kicked off the show's North American tour on its first stop in Toronto.
Martin wrote the book for a musical adaptation of the 1973 film The Sting, with music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Greg Kotis, and direction by John Rando, who had previously collaborated on Urinetown. Additional music and lyrics were provided by the show's star Harry Connick, Jr. The Sting premiered at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ.
Martin reunited once again with the team of Sklar, Beguelin, and director Casey Nicholaw on The Prom which has its world-premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta in 2016. The Prom opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on November 11, 2018. The Prom received seven 2019 Tony nominations including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical for Martin and Beguelin.
Martin is currently writing the book for a musical adaptation of The Princess Bride with David Yazbek and Rick Elice, a sequel to The Drowsy Chaperone, a musical adaptation of Night at the Museum with Shawn Levy, and an adaptation of Millions with a score by Adam Guettel.
Martin co-created 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. Martin also served as a writer (alongside fellow writers and co-creators Susan Coyne and Mark McKinney) and a creative producer. Martin played the role of Terry in 2 episodes.
Film and television works
|1998–2001||Improv Heaven and Hell||Yes||The Comedy Network|
|1998–2003||The Industry||Yes||Yes||Tyler Hume||CBC Television|
|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, 2017||Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays||Yes||Yes||Dr. David Storper||CBC Television|
|2014–2016||Sensitive Skin||Yes||Yes||Sam||Movie Central/The Movie Network|
|2015||The Second City Project||Yes (also producer)||Yes||Fictional version of self||Global|
- The Drowsy Chaperone (2006, Marquis Theater, Broadway) – Music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; book by Martin and Don McKellar; directed by Casey Nicholaw
- Minsky's (2009, Ahmanson Theater, Los Angeles) – Music by Charles Strouse; lyrics by Susan Birkenhead; book by Martin; directed by Casey Nicholaw
- Elf: The Musical (2010, Al Hirschfeld Theatre, Broadway; 2012, Al Hirschfeld Theatre, Broadway) – Music by Matthew Sklar; lyrics by Chad Beguelin; book by Martin and Thomas Meehan; directed by Casey Nicholaw
- Half Time (previously titled Gotta Dance) (2015, Bank of America Theater, Chicago; 2018, Paper Mill Playhouse, New Jersey) – Music by Matthew Sklar; lyrics by Nell Benjamin; book by Martin and Chad Beguelin; directed by Jerry Mitchell
- The Prom (2016, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta; 2018, Longacre Theatre, Broadway) – Music by Matthew Sklar; lyrics by Chad Beguelin; book by Martin and Beguelin; directed by Casey Nicholaw
- The Sting (2018, Paper Mill Playhouse, New Jersey) – Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann, Greg Kotis, and Harry Connick Jr.; book by Martin; directed by John Rando
Awards and nominations
|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 & Arrows||Nominated|
|Writers Guild of Canada||Drama Series||Slings & Arrows (For episode "Madness in Great Ones")||Nominated|
|Slings & Arrows (For episode "Geoffrey's Return")||Nominated|
|Slings & Arrows (For episode "Outrageous Fortune")||Won|
|2005||Canadian Comedy Awards||Television - Pretty Funny Writing - Series||Slings & Arrows||Won|
|2006||Gemini Awards||Best Writing in a Dramatic Series||Won|
|Writers Guild of Canada||Drama Series (One Hour)||Slings & Arrows (For episode "Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair")||Nominated|
|Slings & 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 & Arrows (For episode "The Way Madness Lies")||Won|
|Writers Guild of Canada||Drama Series (One Hour)||Won|
|2008||Olivier Awards||Best New Musical||The Drowsy Chaperone||Nominated|
|Best Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|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|
|2019||Tony Award||Best Book of a Musical||The Prom||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Book of a Musical||Nominated|
Martin's theatrical works are often directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. He often partners with the music and lyrics team of Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar, sometimes co-writing the book with Beguelin. Each of Martin's three musicals that have premiered on Broadway have included Beth Leavel in the cast. He has collaborated with Don McKellar, Mark McKinney, and Susan Coyne on Slings & Arrows and Michael: Every Day, and with McKellar on The Drowsy Chaperone.
- "The Drowsy Chaperone: Writers". www.mponstage.com. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-19. Retrieved 2013-12-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Internet Broadway Database listing, Tony Awards 2006
- Jones, Kenneth. " 'Drowsy Chaperone' Returns Home, to Toronto, for Tour Launch" Archived 2008-09-17 at the Wayback Machine, playbill.com, September 17, 2007
- Brown,Tony. Plain Dealer (Cleveland), "Loving spoofs of musicals, in a musical", October 14, 2007, p.J1
- Jones, Kenneth. " 'Minsky's', Burlesque-Set Musical by Strouse, Birkenhead and Martin, Opens in L.A." Archived December 19, 2013, at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, February 6, 2009
- Rigsbee, Valerie. "Broadway Musical Home - Elf". broadwaymusicalhome.com. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
- "The Sting - Paper Mill Playhouse". Paper Mill Playhouse. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
- "HALF TIME | OFFICIAL SITE". www.halftimethemusical.com. Archived from the original on 2018-11-20. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
- "Cast & Creative | The Prom | Broadway's Musical Comedy With Issues | Official Site". The Prom | Broadway’s Musical Comedy With Issues | Official Site. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
- "Bob Martins Big Projects From A Drowsy Chaperone Sequel To A Princess Bride Musical - Barchart.com". Barchart.com. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
- "Inside Playbill Gallery | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
- Jones, Kenneth. "Third Season of TV's "Slings & Arrows" Pokes Lear in the Eye Feb. 18", playbill.com, February 16, 2007
- 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.
- "Camelot & cover songs: Inside CBC’s new fall lineup" Archived January 29, 2013, at archive.today. National Post, June 8, 2011.
- "Premiere Week". Archived from the original on 2013-12-22. Retrieved 2013-12-18.