Martin Lawrence Is Releasing His First Stand-Up Comedy Special Since 2002
Though Martin Lawrence has been here for years, through daily reruns of his classic 1990s series, Martin, his activities of late are nothing short of an epic comeback. Lawrence enjoyed one of the most prolific careers of any comedian, from 1989 to 2011, starring in films in virtually each of those 22 years, as well as helming several television shows during that period. From Do The Right Thing to Def Comedy Jam, Bad Boys to Big Momma’s House, Martin Lawrence was a one man franchise. After 2011, however, Lawrence’s output was dramatically reduced…until now.
The year 2016 has seen Martin return to the platform that launched his career: stand-up comedy. He embarked upon his Doin’ Time: Uncut Live national tour, his first in four years, and was met with sold-out shows. While the tour is set to re-commence in the Fall, fans will be able to see Lawrence showcase his talents in the comforts of their living rooms, as he has announced his first stand-up comedy TV special in 14 years.
Martin Lawrence Doin’ Time: Uncut Live will premiere on Showtime on Friday, September 9 at 9pm EST/PST. The show was filmed live during his appearance at The Orpheum in Los Angeles, and features his comedic observation on Bill Cosby, President Obama, relationships and more. Martin said about the show “I look forward to having my third concert film premiere on Showtime. Fourteen years is a long time between concert specials and I am excited to know that my TV audience will be able to enjoy this show as if they came to see me live.”
After Martin wraps up his tour, he will begin production on the long anticipated Bad Boys For Life, the third installment of his Bad Boys film franchise with Will Smith. First announced back in 2011, the film is slated for a January 12, 2018 release date. Though that date has changed a number of times, the script is said to have been finalized, and Smith and director Joe Carnahan (Narc, The A-Team) are attached.