YouTube Documentary Explains Long-Running Joke of Why Tommy Strawn Didn’t Have a Job on ‘Martin’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Thomas Mikal Ford as "Tommy Strawn" on

Martin will stay a endlessly basic. There’s not an episode all through the sequence run that doesn’t have followers in hysterics. Aside from the characters, the present has so many basic traces and jokes. From Martin’s “you so crazy” to Gina’s “you go boy” – however probably the most well-known working jokes is the query of what Tommy Strawn’s (Thomas Mikal Ford) job is. 

Thomas Mikal Ford as "Tommy Strawn" on 'Martin'
Thomas Mikal Ford as “Tommy Strawn” on ‘Martin’ through Twitter

For all 5 seasons, the gang all responded “You ain’t got no job” anytime there was point out of Tommy’s work. A brand new YouTube documentary revealed the story behind the joke, whether or not or not he really had a job, and Ford’s dislike of the joke. 

Tommy Strawn’s character on ‘Martin’

Ford starred as Thomas “Tommy” Strawn on Martin for all 5 seasons from 1992-1997. Tommy was certainly one of Martin’s greatest mates and the straight-laced one out of the bunch, compared to Martin and the comedic reduction, Cole.

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Tommy is a women man who enjoys the corporate of a lady. He finally dates one of the best friend of Martin’s spouse, Pamela “Pam” James. Their relationship is shortlived however they continue to be shut mates all through the course of the present. 

His mysterious employment standing turned a working joke on the present, regardless of him being the one male in his friendship circle to have attended school. 

YouTube documentary reveals whether or not or not Tommy Strawn did have a job on ‘Martin’ and the story behind the joke

The query and hilarious frustration of the group on the present concerning Tommy’s employment turned an ongoing joke on the present. Fans by no means noticed Tommy at work, nor did he ever clarify what sort of labor he did, regardless of him showing to earn a good residing along with his personal place and suave costume model. The storyline was explored in a current YouTube documentary.

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In 2016, Tisha Campbell Martin was interviewed on Bossip’s podcast, Don’t Be Scared, and revealed that Tommy did certainly work all through the whole thing of the present. She defined that one episode, specifically, hinted what his line of labor actually was. The episode titled “Blackboard Jungle Fever” was a part of the primary season the place the forged attends a profession day at Martin’s elementary faculty. Campbell Martin defined,

Tommy did have a job. I’ll provide you with a touch: the lady I used to be going to battle, she was Martin’s instructor, Beverly Johnson. In that episode, that’s the primary time you hear about Tommy’s job. So, Tommy talks about him being within the Boys & Girls Club. He was a counselor on the Boys & Girls Club. That’s what he did for a residing.

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The joke began after the writers on the present overheard a dialog between the forged the place Ford was complaining about his character not being developed to his customary of performing. He vented to his co-stars that viewers had been continuously asking if he labored as a result of he was at all times at Martin’s dwelling on the present. The writers put the joke within the present as a result.

The joke solely progressed and by season 4, the phantasm of Tommy’s work was made a central a part of the storyline. The resolution to maintain the phantasm going got here after a desk learn for season 4. A throwback of Ford explaining the way it appeared was included within the brief documentary. 

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“The idea came up: Maybe Martin meets Tommy after work. And then Martin stops reading and goes, ‘Wait a minute Tommy. What the hell do you do,’” Ford stated. “He wasn’t in character, he was being Martin. He says, ‘You have a job?’ I said ‘Of course I have a job!’ And I’m starting to explain and everyone is like, ‘No, we love it!.’”

Ford didn’t just like the a part of his storyline as a result of he took being a person with no job was an insult and he didn’t need to fall right into a stereotype {that a} man – particularly a black man – was unemployed. He later modified his view on the joke and turned it into one thing optimistic by internet hosting performing workshops for aspiring actors titled, “Tommy Ford’s I’ve Got a Job Workshop.”

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