• Martin Lawrence on Doin’ Time, boxing and Bad Boys 3 (Laughspin Interview)

    Though it’s been 14 years since he’s released a proper stand-up comedy special, Martin Lawrence’s presence on persistent influence to younger generations of comedian has never waned. With a national tour — three more dates coming up! — on the heels of his new special Doin’ Time: Uncut, which debuted on Showtime earlier this year and can now be viewed On Demand, Lawrence is poised to enter 2017 stronger than

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    Kelsey Grammer, Martin Lawrence are ‘Partners’ for FX comedy premiering Aug. 4

    The Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammar FX sitcom Partners will showcase the unusual pairing on Monday, August 4 when it premieres on the cable network. Partners pairs Lawrence and Grammar as Chicago lawyers from very different backgrounds as they face their own personal crises. The show was given a 10/90 deal (made popular by Charlie Sheen’s Anger Mangement), meaning FX ordered 10 episodes up front. If Partners meets certain ratings

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    Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer will co-star in lawyer comedy series for FX

    In what will go down in television history as one of the oddest pairings, Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer will star in a as-yet-untitled series for FX as a couple of Chicago lawyers. Much like the network’s Anger Management, the sitcom has been picked up with a 10/90 deal, which means if the first 10 land decent ratings, an immediate 90 shows will be ordered. TBS inked the same deal

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    Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan and more will honor Eddie Murphy on Spike TV

    Although comedy fans have been trying to get Eddie Murphy back on the stand-up stage for years and frowning all the way, they can’t deny the indelible mark he’s left on the world of comedy. Because of that, Comedy Central honored Murphy with the Icon trophy at last year’s first annual Comedy Awards. And now another Viacom property – Spike TV – will dedicate an entire special to the legendary

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    CBS inks sitcom deals with Melissa McCarthy, Martin Lawrence, Nick Stoller

    It seems CBS is on a shopping spree for comedy pilots. This comes on the heels of the nominal success of the series premiere of Rob Schneider’s new project ¡Rob!. The broadcast network bought two sitcom deals a piece for Martin Lawrence and Mike & Molly’s Melissa McCarthy, who scored an Emmy for her work on the aforementioned CBS show and became a standout star after her scene-stealing performance in

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    Will Martin Lawrence return to network television?

    Martin Lawrence fans may have reason to rejoice: the man of many faces (and genders) may be coming back to network television. “… CBS is deep into negotiations on a deal with Lawrence that would have the actor star in and executive produce his own comedy series for the network,” reports New York Magazine’s Vulture. Although Lawrence has been out of the sitcom game since the long-running Martin had its

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    Martin Lawrence stand-up comedy series back for fifth season

    Starz’ Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-Up has been renewed for a fifth season. Lawrence has pegged comedian Sheryl Underwood to host, replacing Doug Williams, who now work behind the scenes as an executive producer. Comedians set to perform include Deon Cole, Sandra Bernhard, Roz G, Chocolate, Ian Edwards and Damon Williams. The new episodes will tape from May 13-16 in front of a live audience at the Chicago Theatre.

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    Martin Lawrence lines up TV projects

    Martin Lawrence is flocking to TV, or are TV execs flocking to Martin Lawrence? Regardless of the syntax, the venerable stand-up vet’s production company, Runteldat, is lining up a number of television projects for the fall ’09 season, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In its grand tradition of animation domination, the Fox network is in the works to produce a half-hour animated sitcom based on Lawrence’s childhood in the Washington, D.C.

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    Doug Williams: Standing up for comedy

    With the success of the third season of Starz’ First Amendment Stand-up, produced by Martin Lawrence, show host and veteran comedian Doug Williams is on the verge of a career breakthrough. For the past eight years, the country has been steeped in military quagmires, a flailing economy, and gas prices higher than the executive board members of the Cheech and Chong fanclub. Even the most truly American of ideals, the

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