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MARTIN LAWRENCE “COMEDIAN, ACTOR, PRODUCER” GUEST ON TV ONE ON ONE WITH CATHY HUGHES

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Host Takes Inventor of Phrase “Whazzup”on Wide-Ranging Tour of Family, Career and the Futur

martin-lawrenceHe’s been a comedian his entire life, an actor who has starred in 28 feature films and he’s now the executive producer of the new sitcom, Love That Girl!, airing Sunday nights on TV One.  He is Martin Lawrence, who sits down for a revealing and personal interview with host Cathy Hughes in an all-new episode of TV ONE ON ONE WITH CATHY HUGHES, to premiere Sunday, Feb. 13 from 7 ““ 8 PM ET on TV One.

Lawrence recounts for Hughes that as one of six children growing up outside of Charlotte, , he was not the funniest one in his family.  He anoints older brother Robert Lawrence, now retired from the U.S. Army, with that honor, telling Hughes, “He’s hilarious.  When you sit down with him, I mean, he’ll have you laughin’ literally all day long.”

With his frequent impersonations, quick retorts and fake falsetto musical bits, Lawrence has host Hughes laughing for much of their conversation, which is punctuated by an extended diagnosis of the origins ““ and effects ““ of the Lawrence-coined phrase, “Whazzup,” or as he says to Hughes’ delight: “What u-u-u-u-up!,” adding “I never thought my “˜whazzup’ would be, like, the 90’s “˜dynamite’.

The Lawrence interview with Hughes is pegged not only to his Love That Girl! sitcom, but also to a new sequel of his hit “Big Mommas” films, Big Mommas Like Father, Like Son that opens in theatres nationwide on Friday, February 18, five days after the TV One special which will include a few preview clips from the new film. Lawrence reveals to Hughes that the now-iconic comic character is based on a composite of his mother and grandmother. They, along with other , were supportive of his goal to become a comedian, an idea that came to him when he was a .  Their sage advice: “You better be funny!”



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