Keenen Ivory Wayans

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Keenen Ivory Wayans
Wayans in June 2013
Born (1958-06-08) June 8, 1958 (age 56)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1979–present

Keenen Ivory Wayans, Sr. (born June 8, 1958) is an American actor, comedian, director and writer known as the host and creator of the Fox sketch comedy series In Living Color. Wayans is the director/creator of Scary Movie, the highest grossing movie ever directed by an African American. He briefly hosted his own show called The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show.[1] He is currently one of the three judges for the eighth season of Last Comic Standing.


Wayans was born in New York City, son of Howell Wayans, a supermarket manager, and his wife Elvira, a homemaker and social worker. His father was a devout Jehovah's Witness.[2][3][4] Wayans attended Tuskegee University. However, he dropped out in his final year to become a comedian.

In 1990, Wayans and his brother Damon, Sr. created, wrote and starred in In Living Color, an American sketch comedy television series that originally ran on the Fox Network from 1990 to 1994. The show was notable for producing comedy with a strong emphasis on modern black culture. The show also starred Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield, Kim Coles, Jamie Foxx, brothers Damon Wayans, Sr., Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans, sister Kim Wayans, David Alan Grier, Tommy Davidson and featured Rosie Perez, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Ann Inaba and Laurie Ann Gibson.

Wayans is one of several family members who have become famous in Hollywood, including his siblings Damon, Sr., Kim, Nadia, Shawn and Marlon. He is an uncle of Craig Wayans, Damon Wayans, Jr., Michael Wayans, Cara Mia Wayans, Damien Dante Wayans, Chaunté Wayans, Gregg Wayans & Kyla Wayans.

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, Wayans filed for divorce from his wife of three years and sought joint custody of their five children.[5]

In Living Color[edit]


  • Death Row Comic (Prison Cable Access)
  • Frenchie
  • Ice Man (Homeboy Shopping Network)
  • Tom Brothers (The Brothers Brothers)
  • Wes (Wes & Less)



Year Title Role
1983 Star 80 Comic
1987 A Different World Professor Lawrence
1987 Hollywood Shuffle Donald/Jheri Curl
1988 I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Jack Spade
1994 A Low Down Dirty Shame Shame
1996 Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Mailman
1996 The Glimmer Man Det. Jim Campbell
1997 Most Wanted Gunnery Sergeant James Dunn
2000 Scary Movie Slave (Amistad II)
2009 Dance Flick Mr. Stache

Writing/producing/directing credits[edit]


  1. ^ Braxton, Greg (1997-08-03). "Will 'Hip' Equal 'Hit'?". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  2. ^ Keenen Ivory Wayans Biography (1958-)
  3. ^ Stein, Joel (2000-09-11). "Marlon Wayans". Time. 
  4. ^ The Movie Chicks - Interview - Marlon Wayans
  5. ^ "Keenen Ivory Wayans files for divorce". USA Today (Gannett). Associated Press. 2004-05-04. 
  6. ^, "CBS Films partners with Tristar to develop ‘It Takes A Village’". Accessed 24 September 2010.

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