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Martin Lawrence Returns To Stand-Up With 36-City Comedy Tour

Posted May 10, 2024

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Comedy legend Martin Lawrence today announced he will headline a national arena tour – his first comedy tour since 2016 – kicking off Saturday, July 20. The “Y’all Know What It Is!” tour will head to nearly 40 cities across the U.S. through April 2025 including Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Vegas, Dallas, Brooklyn and Washington, D.C. The tour is set to launch soon after the June 7 release of the highly anticipated Bad Boys: Ride or Die feature film, co-starring Will Smith. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 17 at 10am local. To purchase tickets, visit

View the tour announcement video here: Martin Lawrence Y’all Know What It Is! Tour on Vimeo.

Y’all Know What It Is!” is an all-new stand-up show and fresh one hour set where Martin brings the real talk and finds the funny in everything from family to culture as only he can. Special guests have been personally hand-picked by the comedy maestro and are some of the hottest comedians on the mic including Adele Givens, B. Simone, Chico Bean, DC Youngfly, Deon Cole, Desi Banks, Gary Owen, Jess Hilarious, Mojo Brookzz, Ms. Pat, Rickey Smiley and more. Guest comedians vary by city.

“Comedy gives me that instant gratification,” Lawrence says. “Seeing the fans up close and in person, making people laugh, doing what I love most, this is what it’s all about for me. But hey…y’all know what it is!”

Lawrence, hailed by fans around the world as one of the greatest comics of all time, launched his comedy career in New York City at the Improv Comedy Club. His breakthrough film role came courtesy of Spike Lee in the classic Do The Right Thing! Other film roles followed including House Party and Boomerang. He soon captured the attention of mega producer Russell Simmons who tapped Lawrence to host the groundbreaking HBO series Def Comedy Jam. In 1992, Lawrence landed his own hit series Martin. The ratings juggernaut single-handedly elevated FOX to a major contender against network television stations. Following the finale of his self-titled comedy series, Lawrence went on to star in a string of top-grossing films including Life, Big Momma’s House, and the Bad Boys franchise.

Lawrence returns to the Bad Boys franchise with Bad Boys: Ride or Die which opens worldwide Friday, June 7.

The tour schedule (subject to change) includes:

Saturday, July 20Chandler, AZGila River Casino
Friday, August 2Pittsburgh, PAPPG Paints Arena
Saturday, August 3Cleveland, OHRocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
Friday, August 9Jackson, MSMississippi Coliseum
Saturday, August 10Biloxi, MSMississippi Coast Coliseum
Saturday, August 17Highland, CAYaamava’ Resort & Casino
Friday, August 30Detroit, MILittle Caesars Arena
Saturday, August 31Grand Rapids, MIVan Andel Arena
Friday, September 6Raleigh, NCPNC Arena
Saturday, September 7Columbia, SCColonial Life Arena
Friday, September 20Louisville, KYKFC Yum! Center
Saturday, September 21Columbus, OHNationwide Arena
Friday, November 8Washington, D.C.MGM National Harbor
Friday, November 15Dallas, TXAmerican Airlines Center
Saturday, November 16Oklahoma City, OKPaycom Center
Friday, November 29Las Vegas, NVDolby Live (Park MGM Casino)
Friday, December 6Los Angeles, Arena
Saturday, December 7Oakland, CAOakland Arena
Friday, December 13Jacksonville, FLVyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
Saturday, December 14Hollywood, FLHard Rock Live in Hollywood, Fla
Sunday, December 15Tampa, FLSeminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Friday, January 17Southaven, MSLanders Center
Saturday, January 18Birmingham, ALLegacy Arena at the BJCC
Sunday, January 19Nashville, TNBridgestone Arena
Friday, January 24Brooklyn, NYBarclays Center
Saturday, January 25Atlantic City, NJHard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
Saturday, February 8Houston, TXToyota Center
Friday, February 28St. Louis, MOChaifetz Arena
Saturday, March 1Kansas City, MOT-Mobile Center
Friday, March 7Atlanta, GAState Farm Arena
Saturday, March 8Savannah, GAEnmarket Arena
Friday, March 14Milwaukee, WIFiserv Forum
Saturday, March 15Chicago, ILCredit Union 1 Arena
Friday, March 28Norfolk, VAChartway Arena
Friday, April 4Bossier City, LABrookshire Grocery Arena
Saturday, April 5Little Rock, ARSimmons Bank Arena

For more information, visit and follow Martin on social media at FacebookInstagram and TikTok.

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