Lawrence, inspired by Richard Pryor, began his career as a stand-up comedian, gained major attention at Hollywood's legendary Improv, and shortly thereafter won a performance spot on TV's popular talent showcase Star Search. Columbia Television executives, impressed by his Star Search appearance, offered Lawrence his first acting job, a regular role on the sitcom What's Happening Now!
Lawrence was then personally chosen by music mogul Russell Simmons to host his groundbreaking showcase for young comedians, HBO's Def Comedy Jam. Lawrence worked on the show for two seasons and is credited with helping expose a new generation of stand-up comics including Chris Tucker, Damon Wayans, Steve Harvey, and Cedric the Entertainer.
The actor/comedian went on to co-create, executive produce, and star in Fox Television's Martin. The hit sitcom, which ran from 1992-1997, earned three NAACP Image Awards, and is one of several series credited with helping solidify the fledgling Fox network within the industry.
Lawrence has also starred in two hugely successful concert films: You So Crazy and Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat; and has recorded a Billboard Top 10 concert album and the Grammy-nominated Funk It.
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