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Everybody's laughing at Martin Lawrence

Hey!!! Prepare to laugh if you're planning to see Martin Lawrence in concert tonight. Immensely popular from his Fox network hit, Martin!!!, the up-and-coming comic takes his TV antics to the stage at the Bayfront Center at 8 p.m.

Lawrence, who made his mark in stand-up comedy, is on a television hot streak. In fact, his career took off with TV appearances on such shows as ABC's Good Time Cafe, NBC's It's Showtime at the Apollo, his own comedy show, One Night Stand on HBO, and the weekly series, What's Happenin' Now.

While performing in a comedy theater in Los Angeles several years ago, Lawrence caught director Spike Lee's eye, and was flown to New York to appear in Do The Right Thing. This was Lawrence's first acting appearance _ and it got him rolling. His other film roles include Boomerang, Talkin' Dirty After Dark and House Party II.

When not in the studio, Lawrence can be seen weekly on Russell Simmon's Def Comedy Jam. Lawrence has combined the job of host with his quick wit to make that show a hit. He has added a twist to his risque comedy ventures by portraying an array of characters.

On Martin!!!, Lawrence can be seen as man-hungry "She-ne-ne," womanizing pick-up artist Jerome or his own doting mother. Lawrence's antics have proved successful. According to United Entertainment Corporation, the TV show has consistently ranked No. 1 in its time slot among teens and adults under 49.

Lawrence's success with television has given him room to develop his stand-up act. Tonight's show is part of his national comedy tour. Be advised _ the show is suggested for mature audiences only.


Martin Lawrence

At the Bayfront Center Arena, St. Petersburg, today at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 plus service charge, available through TicketMaster and at the Bayfront Center box office.