Played by Andrea Martin
Andrea Martin stars as Carol, Katie's (Briga Heelan) well-meaning but way-too-involved New Jersey mom, on NBC's new comedy series "Great News."
Carol never went to college and gave up her career to raise her now adult daughter. But galvanized by an inspirational eulogy at a friend's funeral, Carol decides it's not too late to follow her dreams and lands an internship in her daughter's newsroom. She's gonna make it after all! Just 40 years later.
Martin, a multi-talented award-winning actress whose work transcends all mediums, is busier than ever. In addition to "Great News," she can also be seen reprising her role as Marilyn in the third season of Hulu's hit comedy series "Difficult People."
Martin received two Emmy Awards for writing and got a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Variety Series for her work on the legendary sketch comedy show "SCTV." She also received a special Emmy for her contributions on "Sesame Street." Her other television work includes "Nurse Jackie," "30 Rock" and her own Showtime special, "Andrea Martin, Together Again." She also starred in "Working the Engels," which garnered her ACTRA and CSA nominations.
Martin's film appearances include "Club Paradise," "Wag the Dog," "The Producers," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "All Over the Guy," "Night at the Museum 3" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," which earned her a SAG Award nomination for Best Ensemble and a People's Choice Award.
For her show-stopping performance as Berthe in the 2013 Broadway Revival of "Pippin," Martin won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Elliot Norton Awards for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She quickly followed this by receiving the Outer Critics Outstanding Featured Actress Award for her work in James Lapine's Broadway adaptation of Moss Hart's "Act One," where she portrayed three different roles as various influential women in Hart's life.
Previously, she received both Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award nominations for her role as Juliette in the Broadway production of "Exit the King," opposite Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon. She also received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for each of her Broadway performances as Frau Blucher in Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" and Aunt Eller in "Oklahoma," for which she also earned an Outer Critics Circle nomination. Her turn as Alice in "My Favorite Year" at Lincoln Center garnered her Tony, Drama Desk and Theatre World awards. Additionally, she starred as the Old Lady in "Candide" on Broadway and tours North America with her one-person show, "Final Days! Everything Must Go!"
Martin's critically acclaimed book "Lady Parts" was released by HarperCollins.