Comedy Hype takes a look at a Martin Lawrence interview where he admits that nothing has made him laugh harder than Def Comedy Jam as of to date.
As apart of Black History Month, in a new interview Lawrence looks back at his legacy and the iconic stand-up show. In-studio guest Wellington Ojukwu joins Pierre, Yamaneika, and Symphony Thompson to discuss Lawrence’s comment and how comedy has changed today.
Martin Lawrence is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He was born on April 16, 1965, in Frankfurt, Germany, but grew up in various locations across the United States. Lawrence began his career in comedy clubs in the late 1980s and early 1990s, before making his television debut on the sitcom “What’s Happening Now!!” in 1987.
He is best known for his self-titled sitcom “Martin,” which aired from 1992 to 1997, as well as his roles in the films “Bad Boys,” “Blue Streak,” and “Big Momma’s House.” Lawrence has also lent his voice to animated films such as “Open Season” and “Shrek.”
Throughout his career, Lawrence has won multiple NAACP Image Awards, BET Comedy Awards, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 1993 for his work on “Martin.”
“Martin” is a popular American television sitcom that aired on the Fox network from August 27, 1992, to May 1, 1997. The show starred Martin Lawrence in the title role, who also served as the executive producer and co-creator of the series.
IMPACT OF “MARTIN”
The show followed the daily lives of Martin and his group of friends, including his girlfriend Gina, played by Tisha Campbell, and his best friend Tommy, played by Tommy Ford. Other regular characters included Martin’s neighbor Cole, played by Carl Anthony Payne II, and Gina’s best friend Pam, played by Tichina Arnold.
The show was known for its mix of slapstick humor and witty dialogue, as well as its memorable catchphrases, such as Martin’s trademark “Get to steppin'” and “You go, girl!” The show also featured a number of celebrity guest stars, including rapper Biggie Smalls, basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, and actor Christopher “Kid” Reid.
“Martin” was a huge success during its five-year run, consistently ranking among the top ten shows in the Nielsen ratings. It helped to launch the careers of its talented cast, and remains a beloved classic of 1990s television.