STARZ RENEWS "MARTIN LAWRENCE PRESENTS 1ST AMENDMENT STAND-UP" FOR A THIRD SEASON
Doug Williams and Biz Markie Return as Host and DJ, Respectively
Production Begins April 3 in Washington, D.C.
Premieres at 10 p.m. ET/PT Wednesday, July 9 exclusively on Starz
Englewood, Colo., March 18, 2008 � Starz Entertainment's comedy series "Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up" has been renewed for a third season with 10 new half hour episodes, beginning Wednesday, July 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Executive produced by Martin Lawrence, the show begins production April 3 through April 5 at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC, near where Lawrence grew up in Maryland.
"Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up" features the nation's hottest and edgiest up-and-coming talent as well as star comics performing before a live audience. Returning as host of the show is the hilarious Doug Williams ("The Bernie Mac Show") who introduces each act and adds his own style of comedy. Also returning to spin the music is celebrated entertainer and DJ Biz Markie.
Politics and Washington, DC are sure to provide an optimal back-drop for the stand-up comedy show that puts a whole new spin on the 1st Amendment. Comedians tentatively scheduled to perform include, Bruce Bruce, Joe Clair, Lavell Crawford, Don �D.C' Curry, Roz G., Luenell, Gary Owen, Rod Man, Shang, Rickey Smiley, Joe Torry, Kym Whitley and others.
"We are honored to have Martin Lawrence returning to lead the charge as executive producer of the show," said Starz Entertainment Vice President of Original Programming Michael Ruggiero. "We are also very excited that Doug Williams is back with his bold style of humor. This season features a dynamic lineup of top new comedians as well as seasoned performers in an uncensored platform where viewers are sure to enjoy hilarious perspectives on everyday life."
"It's a huge opportunity to host �Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up' and showcase such undeniable talent," said Williams. "This is a great time to be in the nation's Capitol during an unprecedented presidential election year. We will have a lot of fun talking about politics, relationships, marriage and much more."
Martin Lawrence describes the show as a vehicle "to present talented up and coming comics and to catch up with some old friends and seasoned veterans."
"Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up" is directed and executive produced by Michael Bohusz. Williams also serves as executive producer.
"Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up" will also appear on Starz On Demand and Vongo, Starz Entertainment's broadband Internet download service.
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz� and Encore� brands with approximately 16.3 million and 30.7 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Starz On Demand and Vongo�. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty Entertainment Group, a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.