Bob Martin (comedian)

Bob Martin is a television and musical theatre actor and writer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Bob Martin
Martin performing at "Broadway on Broadway" in 2006
BornDecember 8, 1962
London, England
Known forWriter and Actor, The Drowsy Chaperone
Writer and Actor, Slings & Arrows



Martin began his career as an actor and director at The Second City in Toronto in 1996. He served as Second City Toronto’s artistic director from 2003-2004.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3][4]

Martin wrote the book for the musical Minsky's, which premiered at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles in 2009.[5]

He returned to Broadway as co-bookwriter of Elf with Thomas Meehan, lyrics by Chad Beguelin and music by Matthew Sklar. Elf had two limited engagements for the holiday seasons of 2010 and 2012.[6]

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.[7]

He collaborated with Beguelin and Sklar again for Half Time at Paper Mill Playhouse, which had premiered in Chicago in 2015 under the title Gotta Dance.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10][11]


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.[12] Martin also served as a writer (alongside fellow writers and co-creators Susan Coyne and Mark McKinney) and a creative producer.[13] Martin played the role of Terry in 2 episodes.

His first foray into writing for television was for the CBC Television series The Industry (formerly titled Made in Canada), in which he also acted.

Martin was also a writer of and starred in the Canadian television sitcom Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays, which had its debut on CBC Television in fall 2011.[14][15]

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

Martin's improv background carried over to television with acting credits including Improv Heaven and Hell and The Second City Project. For the latter, Martin also served as writer and producer.


Film and television works

Year Title Credited as
Writer Actor Role Network/distributor
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
2020 The Prom Yes Netflix

Theatre works

Awards and nominations

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 & 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

Recurring collaborators

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.


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  2. "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
  3. Jones, Kenneth. " 'Drowsy Chaperone' Returns Home, to Toronto, for Tour Launch" Archived 2008-09-17 at the Wayback Machine,, September 17, 2007
  4. Brown,Tony. Plain Dealer (Cleveland), "Loving spoofs of musicals, in a musical", October 14, 2007, p.J1
  5. 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
  6. Rigsbee, Valerie. "Broadway Musical Home - Elf". Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  7. "The Sting - Paper Mill Playhouse". Paper Mill Playhouse. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  8. "HALF TIME | OFFICIAL SITE". Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  9. "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.
  10. "Bob Martins Big Projects From A Drowsy Chaperone Sequel To A Princess Bride Musical -". Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  11. "Inside Playbill Gallery | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  12. Jones, Kenneth. "Third Season of TV's "Slings & Arrows" Pokes Lear in the Eye Feb. 18",, February 16, 2007
  13. 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.
  14. "Camelot & cover songs: Inside CBC’s new fall lineup" Archived January 29, 2013, at National Post, June 8, 2011.
  15. ""Premiere Week"". Archived from the original on 2013-12-22. Retrieved 2013-12-18.
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