Martin Lawrence

When: March 13-14, 8 p.m. 2010

It sure would be nice if we could remember comedian Martin Lawrence for something other than the drag character Sheneneh, or the tagline "Damn, Gina!" Best known for his eponymous Nineties-era sitcom, Lawrence is also a gifted stand-up artist who will do just about anything for a laugh -- even if it involves homoeroticism, scatological references, or an ugly, ruffled, hoochie-mama outfit. He's an animated, foul-mouthed, and overlooked comedian (in a recent Facebook post, local comedian W. Kamau Bell compared Lawrence to Chris Webber -- "a #1 overall draft pick who never lived up to his potential"). Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 13-14, Lawrence is poised to make a comeback with two 8 p.m. sets at the Paramount Theatre (2025 Broadway Ave., Oakland). $42.75-$77.50.

Rachel Swan

Price: $42.75-$77.50

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