Martin Lawrence to "do time" at Straz

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Lawrence began his career doing stand-up on the Washington, D.C., circuit, parlaying his act into a 1983 appearance on Star Search. He quickly became a household name with the introduction of the FOX-TV sitcom Martin which ran for five seasons, from 1992 to '97. His motion picture credits including Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, House Party, Boomerang, Bad Boys and 2010’s Death at a Funeral.

In his new "Doin' Time" Comedy Tour, Lawrence creates characters, improvs, dances and jokes about how everybody’s doin’ time in life.

Regularly priced tickets start at $39.50 and go on sale Fri., May 6, at noon. Tickets may be purchased by calling 813-229-STAR (7827), in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at


Quick dispatch from Tampa's performing arts center: Comedy and cinema superstar Martin Lawrence plays the big room at Straz's Morsani Hall on Fri., June 24.

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