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Martin Payne - a young disc jockey who in later seasons becomes a television talk-show host, and his comic misadventures with his closest friends.
Sheneneh Jenkins - a stereotypically flashy "Detroit ghetto girl," she was owner/operator of Sheneneh's Sho' Nuff Hair Salon, whom Lawrence played in drag.
Edna (Mama) Payne - Martin's shrill, extremely frenetic, and easily excited mother, who was overprotective of Martin, and who disliked Gina immensely.
Old Otis the Security Guard - an abrasive, strict, potbellied old man, who was always seen while on his job as a security guard.
Jerome - a loudmouthed, flashy Detroit pimp.
Roscoe - a 10-year-old kid with a constantly runny nose and a smart mouth.
Dragonfly Jones - a martial arts "expert" who was beaten up in nearly every appearance.
Bob - a white man who worked in the marketing department of Gina's company who is best described as a stereotypical surfer-dude-cum-redneck.
Elroy Preston - the fictional "Godfather of Black Surf Music" who is now completely forgotten and washed up.
King Beef - this was Cole's favorite '70s blaxploitation movie actor in a huge bodysuit. Edit