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A Starz Original Series

ALL RISE FOR THE NEW SEASON Friday, September 10, 2010 at 11 p.m. ET/PT


“Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up” returns to Starz for a fifth season of raw stand-up. Filmed before a live audience in Chicago at the historic Chicago Theatre, the series is hosted by the hilarious Sheryl Underwood and features a fresh line-up of rising and seasoned comedy stars.

“Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up” is executive produced by one of America’s most popular actor/ comedians, Martin Lawrence.

Go ahead and exercise your right to get your laugh on.

Watch the first two episodes at starz.mediaroom.com


Sheryl Underwood is one of the funniest standup comics working today. Sheryl’s appeal is her down-to-earth nature, likable style, and an ability to use humor to drive home her point of view. With over 20 years of professional comedy experience and a Masters Degree under her belt, Sheryl brings adult conversation to the stage, discussing sex, politics, current events, and relationships. As a God-fearing, sexually progressive, staunch Republican and member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, her often controversial opinions come across loud & clear during her on-stage performance. Sheryl found success in comedy competitions while serving in the USAF Reserve. In 1994, Sheryl won the “Funniest Female Comedian on Comic View” award on BET eventually landing one of the coveted performance spots on the BET Comedy Awards. Sheryl continues to show her patriotism by participating in the USO Tour to support our troops in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. She has also appeared at the US Comedy Arts Festival as a panelist for C-Span’s “Wag The Debate,” the Montreal Comedy Festival and with Jamie Foxx on Showtime’s “Laffapalooza.” Sheryl continues to headline top comedy clubs across the country. Sheryl’s TV appearances include, ABC’s “The View,” “Politically Incorrect,” the “Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn” and “Chelsea Lately.” Her film credits include Beauty Shop, Bulworth and I Got the Hook Up.


Sandra Bernhard Flint, Michigan

Roz G Newark, New Jersey

Melanie Comarcho Chicago, Illinois

Gina Yashere London, England

Adele Givens Chicago, Illinois

Ray Lipowski Chicago, Illinois

Deon Cole Chicago, Illinois

Jimmie “JJ” Walker Bronx, New York


Tiffany Haddish Los Angeles, California

Muhammad Chicago, Illinois

Smokey Harlem, New York

Tony Sculfield Chicago, Illinois

David Raibon Houston, Texas Honest John Lewiston, Maine

Gary Owen Cincinnati, Ohio

Pierre Edwards Washington, D.C.


Nema Williams Kyoto, Japan

Damn Fool Chicago, Illinois

Jay Phillips Washington, D.C.

Alex Thomas Los Angeles, California

Damon Williams Chicago, Illinois

Drew Fraser London, England

Chocolate Gastonia, Illinois

Ian Edwards United Kingdom


Roman Murray St. Louis, Missouri

Darren Carter Fresno, California

Baldhead Chicago, Illinois

Dennis Gaxiola Berkeley, California

Scruncho Los Angeles, California

Ajai Sanders Dallas, Texas

Edwonda White Torrance, California


Mark Simmons Chicago, Illinois Aarona Browning Chicago, Illinois

Rodney Perry Chicago, Illinois Marlon Mitchell Chicago, Illinois D’Militant Los Angeles, California

Ahmed Ahmed Helwan, Egypt

Leon Rogers Chicago, Illinois Vincent Cook Washington, D.C.


“Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up” delivers a hilarious new season from the stage of the historic Chicago Theatre. This season is all about growth and keeping the show real. I couldn’t be more proud about handpicking Sheryl Underwood, one of the hardest working and funniest female comics in the business, as our new host. Be sure to check out Sheryl Underwood as she rocks the crowd with her raw and honest comedy and as she sets the stage for a host of veteran and new comedians who bring the best jokes that they got. Tune in for the fifth season premiere of “Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up” beginning Friday, September 10, 2010 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

Biography Martin Lawrence is one of America’s most popular actor/comedians with starring roles in hit movies such as Death At a Funeral, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, College Road Trip, Open Season, Wild Hogs, Big Momma’s House 1 and 2, Bad Boys 1 and 2, Blue Streak, and National Security. Lawrence’s many other screen credits include Do the Right Thing, Talkin’ Dirty After Dark, House Party 1 and 2, Boomerang, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (which he also co-wrote and directed), Nothing to Lose, Life, What’s the Worst That Could Happen?, and Black Knight, among others. Currently, Martin is in production on the third installment of the hugely successful movie franchise Big Momma’s House. Big Mommas will be released in 2011. On stage, Martin recently completed a sold out west coast tour for his “DOIN’ TIME” Comedy Tour. He is expected to continue the tour later this year. Lawrence began his career as a stand-up comedian gaining 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 fist acting job as a regular role on the sitcom “What’s Happening Now!” For the past 4 years, he has served as the executive producer of the hit Starz original series, “Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up.” Lawrence was then personally chosen by music mogul Russell Simmons to host HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” a groundbreaking showcase for young comedians. 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.


Credits Executive Producers Martin Lawrence, Michael Bohusz, Michael Hare, Jack Gindi, Doug Williams, Robert Markovich Co-Executive Producers Robert Lawrence, Darice Rollins Producers Larry Kaster, Rae Proctor Hosted by Sheryl Underwood Theme Music by Dan Beyer Original Music by Karey Davis Directed by Michael Bohusz

Contacts Chelsye J. Burrows

Steve Belgard

Laila N. Mahmud

Starz Entertainment

Starz Entertainment

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http://starz.mediaroom.com

Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up Š 2010 Starz Entertainment, LLC, Mojo Raid Entertainment II, LLC. All rights reserved. ORG4484-10A


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