Keenen Ivory Wayans, Sr. (born June 8, 1958) is an American actor, comedian, producer, director and writer, and a member of the Wayans Family of entertainers. He first came to prominence as the host and co-creator of the 1990-1994 Fox sketch comedy series . He has produced, directed and/or written a large number of films, starting with In Living Color , which he co-wrote, in 1987. A majority of these films have included him and one or more of his brothers and sisters in the cast. One of these films, Hollywood Shuffle (2000), which Wayans directed, was the highest-grossing movie ever directed by an Scary Movie African American until it was surpassed by Tim Story's Fantastic Four in 2005. From 1997 to 1998, he hosted the talk show . The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show Most recently, he was a judge for the eighth season of [1 ] . Last Comic Standing
Life and career [ edit ]
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 ] He grew up in Manhattan's [4 ] Fulton housing projects. Wayans attended [5 ] Tuskegee University on an engineering scholarship. He entertained his friends at college with made-up stories about life in New York. [5 ] One semester before graduation, he dropped out of school in order focus on comedy. [6 ] [7 ]
During his first set performing at
The Improv in New York, Wayans met Robert Townsend, who helped him learn about the comedy business. Wayans moved to Los Angeles in 1980, where he worked as an actor. [6 ] He had a regular role as a soldier on a television series named "For Love and Honor". [6 ] [6 ]
Townsend wrote, directed, and stared in the movie
; Wayans was co-star and co-writer. Hollywood Shuffle The movie's success allowed him to raise the money to make [6 ] . I'm Gonna Git You Sucka [6 ]
Fox Broadcasting Company approached Wayans to offer him his own show. Wayans wanted to produce a variety show, similar to [8 ] Saturday Night Live, with a cast of people of color that took chances with its content. Fox gave Wayans a lot of freedom with the show, although Fox executives were a bit concerned about the show's content prior to its television debut. [5 ] Wayans and his brother [8 ] Damon, Sr. created, wrote, and starred in the show, called , an American In Living Color sketch comedy television series that originally ran on the Fox Network from 1990 to 1994.
In Living Color [ edit ]
Characters [ edit ]
Death Row Comic (
Prison Cable Access) Frenchie
Ice Man (
Homeboy Shopping Network) Tom Brothers (
The Brothers Brothers) Wes (
Wes & Less)
Impressions [ edit ]
Filmography [ edit ]
Writing/producing/directing credits [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Braxton, Greg (1997-08-03). "Will 'Hip' Equal 'Hit'?". Los Angeles Times . Retrieved . 2011-11-06
^ Keenen Ivory Wayans Biography (1958-)
^ Stein, Joel (2000-09-11). "Marlon Wayans". Time.
^ The Movie Chicks - Interview - Marlon Wayans
^ a b c Laurence, Robert P. "Is prime time ready for rudeness? Fox's new comedy 'In Living Color' will offend some, tickle others". The San Diego Union. p. E1.
^ a b c d e f Hughes, Mike (April 13, 1990). "Laughing with 'Living Color. '" USA Today.
^ McIntyre, Mike (February 16, 1989). "Keenen Wayans gambles and wins on an offbeat 'Sucka. '" The San Diego Union. p. E3.
^ a b "New Fox Show Pokes Fun at Black Stereotypes". Associated Press (Greensboro, North Carolina: Greensboro News & Record). April 12, 1990. p. B6.
^ cbsfilms.com, " CBS Films partners with Tristar to develop ‘It Takes A Village’". Accessed 24 September 2010.
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