LPI think when I featured the memoir I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend by Mr. Martin Short as my Weekly Read, I may have said that no one has made me laugh more in the last few decades than he. If there is a female version of Mr. Short it is Ms. Andrea Martin and her memoir, Lady Parts, confirmed it for me.

I have loved Ms. Martin since I first saw her on SCTC back in the day and fell more in love with her a couple of years ago when I was honored to see her Tony Award-winning turn in the revival of Pippin on Broadway. So I picked up her book with great expectations and I was rewarded with a candid, brave, and supremely funny collection of tales.

About Lady Parts by Andrea Martin: “A hilarious, entertaining, and often moving memoir, from the multiple Tony and Emmy-awarding winning actress and comedienne, and SCTV alum, Andrea Martin. Whether lighting up the small screen in her new TV series, Working the Engels, on NBC, or stealing scenes on the big screen in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, or starring on the stage in her recent Tony award winning role as Berthe in Pippin, Andrea Martin has long entertained audiences with her hilarious characterizations and heartwarming performances. Martin has worked stages, sets and even trapezes across North America, playing to houses packed with adoring fans, all of whom instantly recognize the star who has entertained us for nearly forty years. In Andrea Martin’s Lady Parts, Martin, for the first time, shares her fondest remembrances of a life in show business, motherhood, relationships, no relationships, family, chimps in tutus, squirrels, and why she flies to Atlanta to get her hair cut. Martin opens up her heart in a series of eclectic, human, always entertaining and often moving essays. Lady Parts will make you giggle and may make you cry. This is a powerful collection of stories by a woman with a truly storied life.”

Reading Ms. Martin’s life reflections made me realize that despite recognition that she is a comic genius and despite the great honors bestowed her, she is tragically underrated.

Lady Parts by Andrea Martin is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.