Andrea Martin as Prudy Pingleton
Andrea Martin will play the role of Penny's devoutly religious mother in NBC's musical event, Hairspray Live!
. Tonight's live televised productions features an array of A-list stars, including Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short, Dove Cameron, and more. Martin, 69, is a renowned television and theater actress, who currently stars in the Hulu original series Difficult People
. The actress has received more Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations as a featured actress in a musical than any other actress. She received both the Tony and Drama Desk Award for the 2013 revival of Pippin
. On Broadway, she has also appeared in Candide, Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, Young Frankenstein, Exit the King and Act One, and earlier this year, Martin earned a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the revival of Noises Off
. In the 1970s, the actress forayed into improvisational comedy, joining the troupe Second City, and in 1976, she joined the Canadian sketch comedy series SCTV. In 1982 and 1983, Martin was awarded two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Variety Music Program. Click through our gallery to learn more about the actress who will be insulting Tracy Turnblad all night in Hairspray Live!