It's unclear whether the veteran comedian, whose pacing across the stage wearing a black cotton shirt with matching pants, is actually interested in the crowd's opinion, since the question is a set up for this punchline: "I said, 'Martin don’t go up there wearing all that hot a-- leather.'"
To don anything other than leather is a big deal for the comedian, who's worn the tough fabric for every single one of his televised stand-up comedy specials since his 1991 HBO special, "One Night Stand." Back then, it was an over-sized black leather jacket with matching leather pants.
Three years later, when his special "You So Crazy" hit the box office, moviegoers saw him in a black leather suit with a red peace symbol stitched over his heart. And in 2002, he still couldn't shake his fascination with leather. This time, he wore a tan leather suit for his TV special, "Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat."
"Those are the two that made me do what I wanted to do as far as stand up," he told ABC News. "[It was] Richard Pryor and then Eddie Murphy came along with the leather suits ... and with the swag and the cool and all that. That sure is the reason I wore it [for every comedy special] because Eddie wore his leather suit, so I said, 'Let me wear leather suits.'"
"But let me make mine baggy. His was tight. Mine was baggy," Lawrence said, cracking a joke.
Although the comedian departs from his signature leather look, fans can expect "classic Martin" during his stand-up comedy special. He's been honing his routine at smaller venues such as Hollywood's Comedy Store to prepare.
"This is what I’m supposed to be doing," Lawrence said of his stand-up special, "and it’s a good thing that I have nothing to prove."