Mae Martin

Mae Martin is a Canadian comedian, actor and writer. Martin wrote and starred in the Netflix comedy Feel Good and has won two Canadian Comedy Awards as part of the comedy troupe "The Young and the Useless".[1][2]

Mae Martin
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Mae Martin by Matt Crockett 2020
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationComedian, actor

Life and careerEdit

Martin was born in Toronto, Ontario.[3] Martin's career started in Canada, where she was involved in the comedy troupe "The Young and the Useless".[1] At the age of 16, she was the youngest-ever nominee for the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award.[4]

Martin's work in Canada also includes writing for the Canadian sketch comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show.[5] She is a two-time Canadian Screen Award winner for Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Series for the work Martin did with that show's writing team.[6]

In 2011, Martin moved to the UK, and has since done several shows which have been toured, and took the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.[4] Her 2015 show was entitled Mae Martin:Us.[7]

She has contributed to various programmes on British television and radio.[4] On radio, Martin presents Mae Martin's Guide to 21st Century Sexuality on BBC Radio 4,[8] and has contributed to The Now Show on the same station.[9] Since 2018 she has also co-hosted the Radio 4 podcast GrownUpLand, which is targeted at millennials.[10] In 2018 Martin debuted on a Netflix special, which was part of the Comedians of the World collection.

In 2020, Martin co-created, wrote, and starred in the Channel 4/Netflix comedy series Feel Good.[11][12]

Personal lifeEdit

Martin's father is food writer James Chatto, a former child actor who appeared in Peter Brook's film of Lord of the Flies.[13] Martin has dated both men and women, but has resisted explicitly identifying as bisexual.[14][15] Martin uses she and they pronouns, identifies variously as non-binary and a woman, and has spoken at length about the feeling of gender-fluidity.[16][17] She was previously addicted to drugs and consequently underwent rehabilitation,[18] using stories of this as the basis for some stand-up routines.[18]


  1. ^ a b "CBC leads Comedy Award Nominations". The Globe and Mail. 22 April 2009. Archived from the original on 2 November 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  2. ^ Smith, Dominic (26 April 2013). "Mae Martin". The Argus. Brighton. Archived from the original on 21 September 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  3. ^ Alexander, Ella. "Meet Mae Martin: The comedian redefining the modern love story". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Mae Martin". IMDb.
  5. ^ "'Baroness von Sketch Show' Co-Creator Carolyn Taylor Finds the Funny in Life's Absurdities". ET Canada, 15 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards 2017: Baroness von Sketch Show, Orphan Black big winners". CBC News, 8 March 2017.
  7. ^ Alexander, Ella (17 May 2016). "Mae Martin's Guide to 21st Century Sexuality". Glamour. Archived from the original on 2 November 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  8. ^ Mae Martin (presenter) (12 October 2016). Mae Martin's Guide to 21st Century Sexuality. London: BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  9. ^ "The Now Show". 48. Episode 1. London: BBC Radio 4. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  10. ^ "GrownUpLand – GrownUpLand – BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  11. ^ @netflix (18 February 2020). "Mae Martin created and stars in Feel Good, a semi-autobiographical exploration of love, addiction, and sexuality that you really won't want to miss" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Mangan, Lucy (18 March 2020). "Feel Good – Mae Martin's immaculate romcom will have you head over heels". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Mae Martin: 'I like to do shows that open a dialogue'". Evening Standard. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Mae Martin's candid bid to make sexuality 'one less thing kids worry about'". The Guardian, 10 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Mae Martin: 'I like to do shows that open a dialogue'". GO London, 8 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Mae Martin's Twitter Profile". Twitter. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Guilty Feminist Podcast, episode 196". YoutTube. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  18. ^ a b Gilbey, Ryan (15 August 2017). "Edinburgh star Mae Martin: 'I had a breakup and noticed how similar it felt to getting off drugs'". the Guardian. Retrieved 19 April 2018.

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