America’s 8th Funniest Mom

Amy Julian

For comedian Andrea Henry, being called “really short” by Roseanne Barr is a compliment. Even the opening page of her website ( showcases her unique sense of hilarity by quoting her admirers and their accolades for her talent.

A former graduate student at UMass Boston, Henry was enrolled in the School Psychology program, which she explains, “complimented and enhanced [her] day job as a counselor at Massasoit Community College.” Following the birth of her daughter, Henry decided to follow her career in comedy, a passion she has held since taking a course at the Boston Center for Adult Education. “I was terrified at first, but it was a blast,” Henry remembers. And the rest, as they say, has been comic history.

One of the thirteen finalists on the television program “Search for America’s Funniest Mom,” Andrea takes her defeat in stride. “I got kicked off on the second episode, so I’m somewhere between the seven and thirteenth Funniest Mom in America,” she says. “I’m guessing I’m number 8.”

A self-described “super-attractive” comedian, Henry explains that she doesn’t like to follow one specific formula when performing. “I guess if awkward and uncomfortable comedy were a genre, I’d be the queen.” She’s also not a stranger to political humor, ending her show with a feel good vibe, with the “joke on the performer…and sometimes Republicans.”

And don’t just think she’s a funny, super-hot stand-up comedian-Henry has dabbled and excelled in comedy screenwriting. “A comedy screenplay I co-wrote with Erin Judge won The Woods Hole Film Festival,” she explains, “And another screenplay I co-wrote with Jenn Dlugos was a finalist in the Feel Good Film Festival” in Los Angeles.

Andrea Henry will be performing on September 17 as part of the Boston Comedy Festival, which kicks off with preliminary rounds on September 14 at the Hard Rock Café and continues through what Henry calls “the best week of the year for Boston Comedy”. Looking forward to meeting the other comics, she’s out for blood: “I’m in it to win it baby!”

Started back in 2000, the Boston Comedy Festival is an annual week-long celebration of the best of area comedians and all things funny. Winners of the competition have he chance to win big bucks and national recognition as the funniest comedian in Boston. The events of the week also boast comedy stars from near and far, with this year’s festival culminating with the Finals on September 20 at the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston, where The Smothers Brothers will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for their contributions to the genre of comedy.

Be sure to support local comedians in the Boston Comedy Festival and check out the Boston Comedy Festival’s website ( for a complete schedule of events around Boston and to purchase tickets to the laugh fest. “Everyone should come see my set on the 17th,” she urges. “And if I don’t advance to the next round, be sure to yell ‘Fix! Fix!'”