Martin Lawrence: He’s So Crazy, and He’s Coming to DPAC on Sunday

Martin Lawrence will play DPAC on June 19th
Martin Lawrence will play DPAC on June 19th

Martin Lawrence will play DPAC on June 19th
Martin Lawrence will play DPAC on June 19th

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present the Doin’ Time Comedy Tour, starring Martin Lawrence, at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 19th, in its brand-new, 2,700-seat, state-of-the-art theater, in the American Tobacco District in downtown Durham, NC.

Born on April 16, 1965 in Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany, Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence is a 46-year-old African-American actor and comedian who has become a screenwriter, director, and producer.

According to the Durham Performing Arts Center:

“Just as colorful in his career as in his real life, popular and successful comedian Martin Lawrence comes to DPAC on June 19th….

“‘More and more the biggest comedy events in the region are calling DPAC home,” said DPAC general manager Bob Klaus, “and an evening with Martin Lawrence fits the bill perfectly. At DPAC, we love great live shows and Triangle audiences are in for a treat with this special and rare appearance by Martin Lawrence.’

“Comedian Martin Lawrence has been one of the busiest entertainers in show business. Since 1989, when he appeared as Cee in Do the Right Thing, Martin has been a popular box office draw with such hit films as House Party [1990], Bad Boys [1995], and Big Momma’s House [2000], and their sequels — to name a few.

“Lawrence found the national spotlight in 1992, appearing with Eddie Murphy in the comedy movie Boomerang. As star of the FOX TV series ‘Martin’ [1992-97] and host of HBO’s ‘Def Jam Comedy Hour,’ Lawrence has found a wide and varied audience for his humor based on the black urban experience.”

The Durham Performing Arts Center presents Doin’ Time Comedy Tour, starring Martin Lawrence, at 8 p.m. June 19 at DPAC, in the American Tobacco District, at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $44.50-$110.00 (including fees).


DPAC Box Office: 919/680-ARTS (2787),, or

Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000, 919/834-4000, or






Martin Lawrence: (Wikipedia) and (Internet Movie Database).


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Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at] and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at] and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).