Legends: Martin Lawrence & Chris Tucker
Throughout the years of comedy in TV and film we've seen comedians come and go, some are doing stand-up here and there, popping up in films time to time, or unfortunately fighting teenagers on YouTube. (which by the way wasn't his fault but still). But let's be real here, there's only 1 comedian on top of the game right now and that's Kevin Hart, Hart went from breaking and entering homes with Beanie Sigel on Paper Soldiers to becoming Ice Cube's partner in Ride Along, Kevin worked his ass off and still is, the man is everywhere from movies to NBA All Stars Weekend, but too bad he's the only 1 doing it right now which leads me to this...
Martin Lawrence and Chris Tucker, 2 of the best comedians to ever do it, they ruled the 90s and early 2000s with TV shows, stand-up specials, and movies. Both appeared in the House Party films and even introducing themselves to us through Def Comedy Jam, but that's just the beginning, so let's start with Martin Lawrence.
Martin Lawrence, starring in House Party 1 & 2 with Kid N Play, then alongside Eddie Murphy in Boomerang, Martin also got his big break hosting Def Comedy Jam roasting the shit out of anybody in the crowd from Wesley Snipes to Flavor Flav, and then shit changed drastically. Martin had his own show on Fox titled Martin which is one of the best shows ever, I don't know when, why, or how it started, but you can keep your fucking Seinfeld vs. Martin debate, I tried to go a legit 5 minutes into watching Seinfeld and found nothing funny, dry humor or whatever you want to call it for that show just doesn't do it for me. It's a shame Martin only lasted 5 due to issues going on behind the scenes with the cast but it had the potential to last 10 but nonetheless it was a great show and I still watch it like it's new today. Martin was also on a roll on the movie side (him and Bill Bellamy made 2 of the most important movies of the 90s by the way, A Thin Line Between Love & Hate and How To Be a Player) from starring alongside Will Smith in the blockbuster Bad Boys to movies like Nothing To Lose, Life, and Blue Streak.
Martin has had a great legendary career and people need to stop saying he's "broke" or not making no money, his show reruns on the air on 3 damn different networks EVERY DAY, I just wish he would write, produce, star and direct more movies like he did with A Thin Line, Netflix just gave Chappelle $60 million for 2 standup specials so they should've gave Martin at least him a movie deal but they didn't hesitate to give Adam Sandler numerous budgets, funny, as a Martin fan I can't wait to see him back on the screen, especially Bad Boys 3 and hopefully 4.
Chris Tucker, what more can you say about him, from imitating Michael Jackson on Def Comedy Jam to getting $20 million checks a movie from New Line, the man is a legend but just like Martin he needs to be in more movies too, preferably his own. He should've had his TV show in the 90s as well, he was hot at the time and The Chris Tucker Show would have been interesting to see. Tucker blew the fuck up after his most legendary role ever as Smokey in Friday, after that he executive produced the hilarious Money Talks, had a semi key role in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, the weird guy in Fifth Element to Detective Carter in the classic Rush Hour. Thing is once Chris started making $20 million a film on the New Line contract he basically stopped making movies, it's almost like we were lucky to get Rush Hour 2 which was fire also. Tucker is also talented as an actor, his role in Jackie Brown was basically a little more serious off his character in Money Talks, he also took a different role in Silver Linings Playbook but that's about it, unless he returns as Smokey again for the 4th and final installment of Friday titled Last Friday.
I wish Chris Tucker and Martin made more movies today, like I said, Netflix should give them a exclusive multi picture deal, let them have creative control, give the people what they want and go back into rare form, comedians are at their best when the ball is in their court, especially if it's rated R, whether it's producing, writing, directing or all three. Eddie Murphy had a movie in 2011 titled Tower Heist, which was, suppose to be an all black comedic cast that robs Trump Tower (Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan) and Martin and Chris Tucker were on board but the studio changed things of course. These guys might be "old" or "washed up" to some people but if you put Martin, Chris Tucker, Eddie Murphy, Eddie Griffin, Chris Rock, and a few more vintage black comedians in 1 big movie and let them be them, you have a serious hilarious classic on your hands, we seen it with movies like Boomerang, Harlem Nights, Coming To America, Life etc. and I'm sort of surprised Hollywood hasn't gave them the budget yet.