RELEASE - MARTIN LAWRENCE BRINGING LIT AF TOUR TO TAMPA'S USF SUN DOME MAY 10
Comedian, actor, director and producer Martin Lawrence will return to the stage as the host of 2018's hottest comedy event: the LIT AF Tour, featuring an amazing lineup of comedic talent. Coming off the 20th anniversary of Def Comedy Jam, where he is known for his legendary hosting, Lawrence has made a triumphant return to the stand-up stage wowing audiences with his signature style of hilarious stories, social commentary and more. The LIT AF Tour stars Lawrence as your high-powered host who presents a fire lineup of comedians. The tour will stop at Tampa’s USF Sun Dome on May 10 at 7:30 PM, with a lineup including JB Smoove, Rickey Smiley, Michael Blackson and Benji Brown.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, March 2. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets beginning Wednesday, February 28.
Martin Lawrence started in stand-up comedy at the legendary The Improv, where he honed his talents until he was asked by Russell Simmons to host his groundbreaking comedy series Def Comedy Jam on HBO. From there, Lawrence became a household name after his hugely popular self-titled TV show, Martin, was an instant hit with TV viewers. He starred for five years as not only the title character, but other support characters like the sassy Sheneneh and Mama Payne, who became comedy classics. Lawrence would later go on to star in comedy blockbusters like Bad Boys 1&2 A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, which he also directed; and Big Momma’s House, 1, 2 & 3 where he once again proved his talent for creating and acting as multiple characters in one storyline.
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ABOUT JB SMOOVE:
JB Smoove is a gifted writer, comedian and actor, who continues to entertain audiences all over the world with his unique brand of comedic funk. His breakout role on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as Leon has firmly planted him as one of the best comedic actors today. Smoove is remembered for starring in and narrating the cult classic “PootieTang” alongside Chris Rock. Since then, on the big screen he's appeared in "Mr. Deeds" opposite Adam Sandler, “Date Night” with Steve Carell and Tina Fey, the Farrelly Brothers comedy, “Hall Pass,” “The Sitter” with Jonah Hill, “The Dictator” opposite Sacha Baron Cohen, and Chris Rock’s movie, “Top Five.”
Smoove is also known for a wealth of notable TV performances including CBS comedy “The Millers," “Saturday Night Live” sketches and recurring spots on “Late Night with Conan O’ Brien,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “The Real Husbands of Hollywood," host of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing," his Comedy Central one-hour stand-up special, “That's How I Dooz It," and Smoove is launching season three of his show “Four Courses with JB Smoove” on the MSG Network.
ABOUT RICKEY SMILEY
Rickey Smiley is a celebrated comedian, television host and top-rated nationally-syndicated radio personality who has earned a reputation for making audiences laugh both on and off stage for 27 years. Smiley has recorded eight best-selling albums, including iTunes #1 comedy album, “Rickey Smiley: Prank Calls Number 6.” Smiley has also hosted BET’s “Open Casket Sharp” and “Comic View,” and has appeared on “Showtime At The Apollo,” “Uptown Comedy Club,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” and “Snaps". In addition to being featured on DISH NATION, his nationally syndicated morning radio show can be heard in over 65+ markets across the US. Smiley's major feature film roles in urban classics include "All About The Benjamin’s”, “Friday After Next,” and hit romantic comedy “Baggage Claim.” His acclaimed TV One docu-series "Rickey Smiley for Real", is headed into a sixth season, and he recently published his memoir, "Stand by Your Truth and Then Run for Your Life" through Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon $ Schuster.
ABOUT MICHAEL BLACKSON:
He has been called one of the most original stand-up comics in the country, and his performances leave audiences laughing in tears. Michael Blackson, aka, ‘The African King of Comedy’, has been entertaining audiences all across the country and around the globe for more than a decade. Blackson’s comedic appeal grew from his involvement with BET’s ComicView series, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Showtime at Harlem, and Live in Hollywood. Along with his film and television endeavors, Blackson continues to entertain his fans as the headliner for live shows at comedy clubs, universities and special events, bringing his one-of-a kind, must-see stand-up performance to audiences all across the country and around the world.
ABOUT BENJI BROWN:
Benji Brown has been heating up the national comedy scene through his candid and comedic performances. He has appeared on BET's Comic View, Laffapalooza hosted by Academy Award Winner Jamie Foxx, and Nick Cannon's Wild n' Out on MTV, and has performed on 1st Amendment Stand Up presented by Martin Lawrence on STARZ and Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns Tour. Brown has worked alongside a list of headliners including Chris Rock, Steve Harvey, Rickey Smiley and Monique.