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Los Angeles, California (The Hollywood Times) 06/16/2022
The Hollywood Times was invited by BET+ to join a celebration with the Cast & Crew of the long awaited “Martin: The Reunion.”
Confirmed show talent were: Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, and Carl Payne.
The premiere screening was held at Hudson Loft and what a great space for an event like this. After checking in and showing proof of vaccination, the media was lined up and escorted to the freight elevator, which was really cool. So nostalgic indeed!
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Once the wooden door was opened, there was an a great photo op on the wall of the Martin: The Reunion and the cellphones were in hand as folks started taking photos of it and then those of them in front of it.
The space had many white couches and lots of highchairs and tables throughout. There were several breakout rooms with couches and one with the bar inside and areas for food for after the 90-minute screening.
Premiere screening highlights include the following:
Special guests: Devin Griffin (EVP & GM, BET+), Affion Crockett (Comedian, Reunion Host), Reginald Ballard (Actor), Earthquake (Comedian), DeRay Davis (Comedian, Actor), Garcelle Beauvais (RHOBH), Flex and Shanice Alexander (Actors), Benji Brown (Actor), Tommy Davidson (Actor), Marla Gibbs (Actor), Beverly Johnson (Model) and Matt Barnes (NBA), among others
Curated “MARTIN” Exhibit: Guests were able to experience a curated exhibit by Philadelphia artist Chuck Styles, which included activation rooms and replicas of some of the show’s most memorable moments and iconic staples like Nipsey’s
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Entertainment: Sounds and music of the evening were provided by DJ Brian Henry (B-Hen) and a local saxophonist.
WZUP Booth: Carl, Martin, Tisha and Tommy’s children hosted the “WZUP” Booth, where they interviewed fans and special guests about what the series and reunion meant to them. (Children included: Jasmin Lawrence, Tommy Ford Jr., Kaleb Payne, Ezekiel Czar Martin and Xen Martin).
Fans can enjoy all five seasons of “Martin” now on BET+ AND check out “MARTIN: THE REUNION,” exclusively on BET+.
Here is an official BET video clip of the Martin: The Reunion purple carpet event.
The purple carpet was the first step for the celebrities and BET folks. There were many photographers and reporters as well. I was able to take many photos. Enjoy
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Here is a quick interview with Tommy Davidson on the purple carpet.
Once the purple carpet was all cleared out, everyone was in their seat and Scott Mills, CEO | BET addressed the crowd to announce that we would be seeing the entire 90 minute Martin: The Reunion Show, huge applause! There were TV monitors throughout the venue as well as in the separate rooms for those who wanted to be socially distant.
There have been many “other” Reunion shows, but I honestly, in my opinion, have to say this one was by far the best! The four cast members where amazing and to hear about behind the scenes and never told information was spectacular. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but have your tissue handy and do not miss the show airing tonight on BET+. A+ show! Judy Shields, The Hollywood Times
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Candy was also passed around and that was a great treat and we all took advantage of that and even a full on Candy “BAR”
After the screening, Martin got up to thank everyone for coming. He is such a gentlemen.
There was even a moment when Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell gave us all a special photo op, and Martin giving Marla Gibbs a hug as well
What a difference a Photographer Makes”!
There were several food stations with delicious food form Shanita Castle, CEO & Chef of Castle Catering, LLL. Which featured crab cakes, fried chicken tenders, biscuits with honey, waffles, meatballs, riblets and fresh vegetables and a delicious peach cobbler. What a wonderful meal and everyone was enjoying themselves with the DJ playing great music. Excellent party indeed. Also several bar stations with special Martin specialty drinks.
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Thank you BET+ for a great event.
Here are photos taken by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images for BET
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 15: Comedian Kym Whitley attends “Martin: The Reunion” private screening and experience on June 15, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 15: (L-R) Comedian Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell and CEO Scott Mills attend “Martin: The Reunion” private screening and experience on June 15, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 15: (L-R) Elijah Alexander, Flex Alexander, Shanice Alexander, and Imani Shekinah Knox attend the “Martin: The Reunion” Private Screening and Experience on June 15, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Arnold Turner/Getty Images for BET)
“MARTIN: THE REUNION”
This 90-minute reunion special takes fans back to the iconic “Martin” living room set and reunites the original cast – Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold and Carl Anthony Payne, II – for a once in a lifetime celebration of the show’s five season-long history. Hosted by Affion Crockett, the cast will look back on the show’s most hilarious moments, revisit the iconic characters “Martin” made famous and pay an emotional tribute to the late, great Tommy Ford. Complete with musical performances and drop-ins by celebrity super fans, “MARTIN: THE REUNION” brings back the wazzup wazzup wazzup passion fans have been waiting for.