A long time ago, a time when MTV actually aired music videos, Andi Wagner (aka Andrea Wagner-Barton), was a Co-host with Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead), on a pop culture trivia game show, called “Trashed” on MTV.
Andi switched gears and fell behind the camera for over 15 years casting and segment producing on popular dating and game shows, as well as writing and producing segments on the syndicated relationship talk show "Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus" with host, Cybill Shepherd.
Then she gave up her television career to raise a human being…
CUT TO: Andi is NOW a crazed, multi-tasking actress, comedienne, and indefatigable mother of an energetic 14-year-old boy, who is rediscovering and redefining her purpose in mid-life.
Thanks to a wicked mid-life crash several years ago, Andi made the ultimate decision to break free from the monotony of motherhood by performing stand-up at local comedy clubs. A firecracker mother with no filter, she enjoyed finding the humor in parenting and marriage, one joke at a time. *(she's since divorced; it's obviously not a safe bet to joke about s*#t that happens in the bedroom.)
Andi performed her routine at The Comedy Store, The Ice House, Flappers, Westside Comedy Theater, HA HA’s, The Warehouse and other numerous holes-in-the wall across Los Angeles.
While competing with depressed, angry, 20-something comics (for a 3 minute set on stage at 1:00am) seemed glamorous, she parlayed her comedy chops into acting and secured a commercial agent. Andi has booked over 50 commercials in four years. Not bad for an old broad following her dream of becoming an actress in her late 40’s. IT’S NEVER TO LATE TO FIND YOUR PASSION.
Most recently, Andi can be seen starring in Rita Wilson’s new music video “Throw me Party” on YouTube. She’s also appeared in films, television shows and print ads for “Lincoln,” “Sunday Riley" and “Home Depot” to name a few. Her full list of credits can be seen on IMDB.me/andiwagner
Funnily enough, last year she inadvertently started a conspiracy theory on her personal Face Book page about The First Lady, Melania Trump, that went viral! With over 18 million views and 141,436 shares of her "Body Double" observation and side by side comparison photos of #FLOTUS (and a video she recorded from her TV of the President giving a speech on CNN standing next to "what appeared" to be Melania), Andi found herself in the middle of a media frenzy and a "Fake Melania" viral storm. She was mentioned in numerous articles on-line including Vanity Fair, Huffington Post and Newsweek, to name a few, as well as appearing on France's biggest entertainment show, "50 Minutes Inside," on the TF1 network. SNL and late night hosts Jimmy Fallon, James Cordon, and Stephen Colbert also had fun with Andi's observation creating skits around the theory of a Melania body double. It was nutty fun while it lasted and trended on YouTube at #3!
Looking even further back, Andi’s career in television started as a junior in college at the University of Miami, where she was a Hurricanette dancer for “The U” football game half-time shows. While living in Miami, she was selected as a contestant at the Broward County Fair, and flown to Los Angeles to appear on “The All New Dating Game.” After appearing on the show, Andi convinced the EP to hire her as an intern, which after two weeks, turned into a summer job as a Contestant Coordinator for Barris Productions on "The All New Dating Game," “The All New Newlywed Game,” and “The Gong Show.” #luckybreak
Andi continued her casting career on “The Love Connection," “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” “The Big Date,” "People are Funny," “The Quiz Kids Challenge” and many more. She was also a Segment Producer on MTV’s music talent show “The Cut” and USA’s “Lover or Loser.” Ironically, Andi’s childhood dream was to become an actress.
Andi hopes her story will inspire other people, especially other mother’s, who are yearning for more or looking to change careers in midlife. She says, “It’s never too late to follow your dreams or find your passion; it only takes a strong belief in yourself, perseverance and lots of laughter.”
Andi’s favorite quote is by John Burroughs, “Leap and the net will appear.”