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-->''"Homey don't play dat!" -- Homey D. Clown''\\
''"Mo' Money, '''Mo' Money''' '''MO' MONEY!'''" -- Homeboy Shopping Network''\\
''"LEMME SHOW YA SOMETHIN'!" -- Fire Marshal Bill''

'''''In Living Color!''''' Wrote an article 'bout it! Like to read it? Here it go!

Sketch comedy show created by Keenan Ivory Wayans and starring many Wayans Brothers (And the Wayans Sister!) that aired on Fox in the early 1990s. The series is largely known as the launching pad for the careers of JimCarrey, Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier, and Tommy Davidson as well as Jennifer Lopez and [[DancingWithTheStars Carrie Ann]] [[AustinPowers Inaba]], who were part of the show's "Fly Girl" dancers.

The series was largely seen as an urban version of ''SaturdayNightLive'', which featured hip-hop and R&B musical acts. The series spawned several popular characters, most notably the ex-con clown Homey D. Clown (Damon Wayans), the flamboyantly gay film critics for Men on Film (Damon Wayans and Grier), and Fire Marshal Bill (Carrey), a deranged fire safety official who creates disaster rather than safety.

Unfortunately, the edgy comedy of the series eventually brought down the wrath of the network executives upon it, and the Wayans family ended up leaving the series. The show ultimately was cancelled after five seasons, freeing the show's breakout stars to go on to varying degrees of success in film, tv, and stand-up comedy.

[[{{Revival}} It was scheduled to return]] in 2012, but the pilot was said to be so bad that FOX is holding off on the show until it can either be retooled and made better or dropped all together.

Not to be confused with the funk-metal band LivingColour.
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!!This show contained examples of the following:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Jamie Foxx's Ugly Wanda.
* BagOfHolding: Wanda was implied to carry one of these, considering her ability to produce almost any item someone might ask for at any given time from her purse- up to and including cans of gasoline.
* CampGay: ''Men on Film'' -- though they also examine books, television, art, vacation...
* CatchPhrase: "Homey don't play that", among many, many others.
** Calhoun Tubbs always punctuates his songs with "Aaahhhhh haaaaaaaa!"
* ChezRestaurant: Chez Whitey's.
* ClingyJealousGirl: [[DepravedKidsShowHost Candy Cane]] towards Jurassic Benny.
* ClipShow: Some best-of episodes, plus an all-HilariousOuttakes show.
* {{Crossover}}: Some of ''In Living Color'''s cast members have hosted ''SaturdayNightLive'' (or have some connection to it):
** Jim Carrey: Was originally supposed to be part of the notoriously awful 1980-1981 season, but was rejected. Despite this, Carrey has hosted ''SNL'' twice: in 1996 (the last episode of season 21 [1995-1996 season]) and in 2011 (season 36 [2010-2011 season]; the first new episode of 2011).
** David Alan Grier: Hosted ''SNL'' in the 1995-1996 season [season 21] (this episode became famous for a sketch called "Wake Up and Smile," about morning show hosts who turn savage after their teleprompter breaks and they find themselves incapable of ad-libbing) and in its 1996-1997 season [season 22].
** Jamie Foxx: Foxx hosted a season 25 (1999-2000) episode (the first new episode of the 21st century) and hosted again 12 years later on December 8, 2012.
** Jennifer Lopez: Hosted a season 26 episode (2000-2001) and a season 35 episode (2009-2010). Is the only Hispanic celebrity to be a host and musical guest for two separate episodes. The first time she hosted had a sketch in which the ''In Living Color'' Fly Girls (all played by ''SNL'' cast members) visit her and tell her she lost her roots ever since she became famous.
** Damon Wayans: Was a feature player for ''SNL'' during its 11th season (1985-1986); got fired after playing a cop character as a CampGay (the voice of which he would use later for his "Men on Film" character) in retaliation for Lorne Michaels and the writers not giving him any decent roles in sketches. Despite this, Wayans came back to do stand-up on the last episode of season 11 ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen which was slated to be the last episode of the entire series]] because of how [[SeasonalRot bad]] it was) and hosted an episode in another season that was plagued with SeasonalRot: season 20 (1994-1995 season). The episode Wayans hosted brought back two of his recurring ''In Living Color'' characters (Anton Jackson, the homeless wino and Blaine Edwards from "Men on Film." David Alan Grier also appeared as Antoine Merriweather from the same sketch).
* DepravedKidsShowHost: Damon Wayans' Homey D. Clown (and later, Candy Cane [Alexandra Wentworth]).
* DistaffCounterpart: Kelly Coffield played [[SamKinison Samantha Kinison]] in some early sketches. Culminated in one of the most hilarious sketches ever when Sam himself joined in to play the other half of a very dysfunctional couple.
** Kelly Coffield also played a female version of Andrew "Dice" Clay.
* EditedForSyndication: Despite the Wayans' siblings objection to have the show censored in reruns, there have been some cuts done to ''In Living Color'' in reruns, particularly on {{BET}}, where such misogynistic epithets as "bitch" and "ho" are edited. The DVD version has the language intact, but some sketches have been pulled or edited to remove all references to pop songs (including the music video parodies) due to copyright and licensing issues.
** Also, the first episode originally had a parody of the Colt 45 commercials with Billy Dee Williams (played by Keenan-Ivory Wayans) making his date (played by Kim Coles) drink until she passes out with Williams moving in on her unconscious body. FOX didn't like the BlackComedyRape punchline to the sketch, so it was replaced in all reruns (including cable reruns and on the DVD) with a sitcom sketch called "The Exxon Family," about a clumsy Exxon ship captain and his wife (played by token white cast members Jim Carrey and Kelly Coffield).
* FilmNoir: The DeliberatelyMonochrome segments with [[TokenWhite Kelly Coffield]] as a stereotypical FemmeFatale.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The "Background Guy" skits with Carrey were based around this.
* HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight: Homey D. Clown.
* HilarityEnsues
* HypocriticalHumor: Miss Benita "ain't one to gossip", but...
** Just don't say nothin' bad about Ms. Jenkins near her (though ''that'' doesn't stop her from gossiping about her either).
* {{Jerkass}}: Homey D. Clown.
* LosingYourHead: The Head Detective, and Fire Marshall Bill at the end of his final sketch.
* TheMan: Homey's mortal enemy.
* MirrorCrackingUgly: Ugly Wanda used this to her advantage in a skit where ''Dracula'' was trying to escape her clutches -- noticing there's a mirror in her bedroom, he claims he hates them, so she goes up to it and says "Mirror, mirror, on the wall..." and it breaks.
* MusicVideoParody: A lot of the music videos (which, due to copyright reasons, are not included on the DVD sets).
* {{Nepotism}}: Most of the producers/actors were related to one another. It's very telling that most of the show's breakout stars were the ones who had no blood connection to the Wayans in any way, shape, or form (JimCarrey, David Alan Grier, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez, and Tommy Davidson).
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: "Impostor", JimCarrey's parody of "Informer" by Snow. Also JimCarrey's Vanilla Ice parody, "White, White Baby".
* RaceLift: Most of the sketches that posed the question, "What if [X celebrity] was black?" Also, there was "All Up in the Family" and "East Hollywood Squares" from the final season.
** This was the whole point of ''Ted Turner's Really Colorized Classics'', which put famous black performers (and their shticks) in place of white ones in GoldenAgeOfHollywood films. Redd Foxx substitutes for Charlie Chaplin in ''The Kid'', and Billy Dee Williams gets Humphrey Bogart's role in ''Casablanca''.
* RefugeInAudacity: Moreso than ''SaturdayNightLive''. Given that Jim Carrey was originally supposed to be a cast member on that show and Damon Wayans spent a year on ''SNL'' as a feature player before getting fired over creative differences, the whole show makes you wonder if this is the direction ''SNL'' would have taken if Jim Carrey was hired and Damon Wayans never fired.
* RiskyBusinessDance: A BlackComedy version, where the Menendez brothers do the dance while wielding rifles.
* RomanceOnTheSet: Kelly Coffield later married Steve Park (the show's first and only Asian cast member who got his start on the third season).
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: The series became popular due to its edgy humor, so naturally FOX decided to clamp down on content, driving away the show's creative team in the process and leading to SeasonalRot in its fifth and final season.
* SketchComedy
* TakeThat: The show often made fun of ''SaturdayNightLive'' for underusing its African-American cast members at the time (such as Tim Meadows[[note]]though Tim Meadows would go on to be one of the most memorable cast members from 1995 to 2000[[/note]] and ChrisRock[[note]]who left the show because of how underused he was on ''SNL''[[/note]]).
* ThemeTuneRap: By Heavy D (who also did the theme to ''MADtv'').
* TokenWhite: JimCarrey (probably the most popular of the four), Kelly Coffield, Alexandra Wentworth, and Jay Leggett.
* VarietyShow
* WhereNoParodyHasGoneBefore: The ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' parody sketch called "The Wrath of [Louis] Farrakhan", with Jim Carrey as Kirk.
* [[YourMom Yo Mama]]: One of the sketches was a game show called "The Dirty Dozens", in which the host would read off the first phrase of a "Yo mama" joke, and contestants would ring in to finish it. To wit:
-->'''Host''': Yo mama so hairy...\\
(T-Dogg rings in)\\
'''Host''': T-Dogg\\
'''T-Dogg''': Yo mama so hairy, {{Bigfoot}} be takin' pictures of ''her''.

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* EditedForSyndication: Despite the Wayans' siblings objection to have the show censored in reruns, there have been some cuts done to ''In Living Color'' in reruns, particularly on {{BET}}, where such misogynistic epithets as "bitch" and "ho" are edited. The DVD version has the language intact, but some sketches have been pulled or edited to remove all references to pop songs (including the music video parodies) due to copyright reasons.

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**Kelly Coffield also played a female version of Andrew "Dice" Clay.
* EditedForSyndication: Despite the Wayans' siblings objection to have the show censored in reruns, there have been some cuts done to ''In Living Color'' in reruns, particularly on {{BET}}, where such misogynistic epithets as "bitch" and "ho" are edited. The DVD version has the language intact, but some sketches have been pulled or edited to remove all references to pop songs (including the music video parodies) due to copyright reasons.and licensing issues.
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* RiskyBusinessDance: A DeadBabyComedy version, where the Menendez brothers do the dance while wielding rifles.

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* RiskyBusinessDance: A DeadBabyComedy BlackComedy version, where the Menendez brothers do the dance while wielding rifles.
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** Jamie Foxx: Foxx hosted a season 25 (1999-2000) episode (the first new episode of the 21st century) and will host again on December 8, 2012.

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** Jamie Foxx: Foxx hosted a season 25 (1999-2000) episode (the first new episode of the 21st century) and will host hosted again 12 years later on December 8, 2012.



** Damon Wayans: Was a feature player for ''SNL'' during its 11th season (1985-1986); got fired after playing a cop character as a CampGay (which he would use later for his "Men on Film" character) in retaliation for Lorne Michaels and the writers not giving him any decent roles in sketches. Despite this, Wayans came back to do stand-up on the last episode of season 11 ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen which was slated to be the last episode of the entire series]] because of how [[SeasonalRot bad]] it was) and hosted an episode in another season that was plagued with SeasonalRot: season 20 (1994-1995 season). The episode Wayans hosted brought back two of his recurring ''In Living Color'' characters (Anton Jackson, the homeless wino and Blaine Edwards from "Men on Film." David Alan Grier also appeared as Antoine Merriweather from the same sketch).

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** Damon Wayans: Was a feature player for ''SNL'' during its 11th season (1985-1986); got fired after playing a cop character as a CampGay (which (the voice of which he would use later for his "Men on Film" character) in retaliation for Lorne Michaels and the writers not giving him any decent roles in sketches. Despite this, Wayans came back to do stand-up on the last episode of season 11 ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen which was slated to be the last episode of the entire series]] because of how [[SeasonalRot bad]] it was) and hosted an episode in another season that was plagued with SeasonalRot: season 20 (1994-1995 season). The episode Wayans hosted brought back two of his recurring ''In Living Color'' characters (Anton Jackson, the homeless wino and Blaine Edwards from "Men on Film." David Alan Grier also appeared as Antoine Merriweather from the same sketch).
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** Jamie Foxx: Is the only ''In Living Color'' alum to host once (as of 2011). Foxx hosted a season 25 (1999-2000) episode (the first new episode of the 21st century).

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** Jamie Foxx: Is the only ''In Living Color'' alum to host once (as of 2011). Foxx hosted a season 25 (1999-2000) episode (the first new episode of the 21st century).century) and will host again on December 8, 2012.



* HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight: Homey D. Clown -- as it happened, ''TheSimpsons'' episode where Homer became a Krusty impersonator was titled "Homie the Clown" as a ShoutOut of sorts. Krusty also had his own version of the Fly Girls in "Bart Gets Famous": "The 'I Didn't Do It' Dancers".

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* HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight: Homey D. Clown -- as it happened, ''TheSimpsons'' episode where Homer became a Krusty impersonator was titled "Homie the Clown" as a ShoutOut of sorts. Krusty also had his own version of the Fly Girls in "Bart Gets Famous": "The 'I Didn't Do It' Dancers".Clown.
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* BagOfHolding: Wanda was implied to carry one of these, considering her ability to produce almost any item someone might ask for at any given time from her purse- up to and including cans of gasoline.
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* DepravedKidsShowHost: Damon Wayans' Homey D. Clown (and later, Candy Cane [Alexandra Wentworth]).



* MirrorCrackingUgly: Ugly Wanda used this to her advantage in a skit where ''Dracula'' was trying to escape her clutches -- noticing there's a mirror in her bedroom, he claims he hates them, so she goes up to it and says "Mirror, mirror, on the wall..." and it breaks.



* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: "Impostor", JimCarrey's parody of "Informer" by Snow. Also JimCarrey's Vanilla Ice parody, "White, White Baby."
* RaceLift: Most of the sketches that posed the question, "What if [X celebrity] was black?" Also, there was "All Up in the Family" and "East Hollywood Squares" from the last season.
** This was the whole point of ''Ted Turner's Really Colorized Classics'', which put famous black performers (and their shticks) in the place of white ones in GoldenAgeOfHollywood films. Redd Foxx substitutes for Charlie Chaplin in ''The Kid'', and Billy Dee Williams gets Humphrey Bogart's role in ''Casablanca''.

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* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: "Impostor", JimCarrey's parody of "Informer" by Snow. Also JimCarrey's Vanilla Ice parody, "White, White Baby."
Baby".
* RaceLift: Most of the sketches that posed the question, "What if [X celebrity] was black?" Also, there was "All Up in the Family" and "East Hollywood Squares" from the last final season.
** This was the whole point of ''Ted Turner's Really Colorized Classics'', which put famous black performers (and their shticks) in the place of white ones in GoldenAgeOfHollywood films. Redd Foxx substitutes for Charlie Chaplin in ''The Kid'', and Billy Dee Williams gets Humphrey Bogart's role in ''Casablanca''.



* DepravedKidsShowHost: Damon Wayans' Homey D. Clown (and later, Candy Cane [Alexandra Wentworth]).



* WhereNoParodyHasGoneBefore: The ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' parody sketch called "The Wrath of Farrakhan", with Jim Carrey as Kirk.
* [[YourMom Yo Mama]]: One of the sketches was a game show called "The Dirty Dozens", in which the host would read off the first phrase of a "Yo mama" joke, and contestants would ring in to finish the joke. To wit:

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* WhereNoParodyHasGoneBefore: The ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' parody sketch called "The Wrath of [Louis] Farrakhan", with Jim Carrey as Kirk.
* [[YourMom Yo Mama]]: One of the sketches was a game show called "The Dirty Dozens", in which the host would read off the first phrase of a "Yo mama" joke, and contestants would ring in to finish the joke.it. To wit:
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Sketch comedy show created by Keenan Ivory Wayans and starring many Wayans Brothers (And the Wayans Sister!) that aired on Fox in the early 1990s. The series is largely known as the launching pad for the careers of JimCarrey, JamieFoxx, DavidAllenGrier, and TommyDavidson as well as JenniferLopez and [[DancingWithTheStars Carrie Ann]] [[AustinPowers Inaba]], who were part of the show's "Fly Girl" dancers.

The series was largely seen as an urban version of ''SaturdayNightLive'', which featured hip-hop and R&B musical acts. The series spawned several popular characters, most notably the ex-con clown Homey D. Clown (Damon Wayans), the flamboyantly gay film critics for Men on Film (Damon Wayans and Grier), and Fire Marshal Bill (Carrey), a fire safety official who creates disaster rather than safety.

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Sketch comedy show created by Keenan Ivory Wayans and starring many Wayans Brothers (And the Wayans Sister!) that aired on Fox in the early 1990s. The series is largely known as the launching pad for the careers of JimCarrey, JamieFoxx, DavidAllenGrier, Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier, and TommyDavidson Tommy Davidson as well as JenniferLopez Jennifer Lopez and [[DancingWithTheStars Carrie Ann]] [[AustinPowers Inaba]], who were part of the show's "Fly Girl" dancers.

The series was largely seen as an urban version of ''SaturdayNightLive'', which featured hip-hop and R&B musical acts. The series spawned several popular characters, most notably the ex-con clown Homey D. Clown (Damon Wayans), the flamboyantly gay film critics for Men on Film (Damon Wayans and Grier), and Fire Marshal Bill (Carrey), a deranged fire safety official who creates disaster rather than safety.



[[{{Revival}} Scheduled to return]] in 2012. [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/in-living-color-keenen-ivory-wayans-254828 No, really.]]

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[[{{Revival}} Scheduled It was scheduled to return]] in 2012. [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/in-living-color-keenen-ivory-wayans-254828 No, really.]]
2012, but the pilot was said to be so bad that FOX is holding off on the show until it can either be retooled and made better or dropped all together.



** Just don't say nothin' bad about Ms. Jenkins near her (though ''that'' doesn't stop her from gossipping about her either).
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans first met during the filming of ''EarthGirlsAreEasy'' and struck up a close friendship.

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** Just don't say nothin' bad about Ms. Jenkins near her (though ''that'' doesn't stop her from gossipping gossiping about her either).
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans first met during the filming of ''EarthGirlsAreEasy'' and struck up a close friendship.
either).



* RaceLift: Most of the sketches that posed the question, "What if [insert celebrity name here] was black?" Also, there was "All Up in the Family" and "East Hollywood Squares" from the last season.

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* RaceLift: Most of the sketches that posed the question, "What if [insert celebrity name here] [X celebrity] was black?" Also, there was "All Up in the Family" and "East Hollywood Squares" from the last season.



* TakeThat: The show often made fun of ''SaturdayNightLive'' for underusing its African-American cast members at the time (such as Tim Meadows and ChrisRock).

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* TakeThat: The show often made fun of ''SaturdayNightLive'' for underusing its African-American cast members at the time (such as Tim Meadows[[note]]though Tim Meadows would go on to be one of the most memorable cast members from 1995 to 2000[[/note]] and ChrisRock).ChrisRock[[note]]who left the show because of how underused he was on ''SNL''[[/note]]).



* TokenWhite: JimCarrey and Kelly Coffield.
** Carrey, of course, becoming an EnsembleDarkhorse in the show's later years and rising to become a superstar in movies.
** In the last two seasons, there were two other token white cast members: Alexandra Wentworth and Jay Leggett.

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* TokenWhite: JimCarrey and (probably the most popular of the four), Kelly Coffield.
** Carrey, of course, becoming an EnsembleDarkhorse in the show's later years and rising to become a superstar in movies.
** In the last two seasons, there were two other token white cast members:
Coffield, Alexandra Wentworth Wentworth, and Jay Leggett.
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Sketch comedy show created by Keenan Ivory Wayans and starring many Wayans Brothers ([[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} And the Wayans Sister!]]) that aired on Fox in the early 1990s. The series is largely known as the launching pad for the careers of JimCarrey, JamieFoxx, DavidAllenGrier, and TommyDavidson as well as JenniferLopez and [[DancingWithTheStars Carrie Ann]] [[AustinPowers Inaba]], who were part of the show's "Fly Girl" dancers.

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Sketch comedy show created by Keenan Ivory Wayans and starring many Wayans Brothers ([[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} And (And the Wayans Sister!]]) Sister!) that aired on Fox in the early 1990s. The series is largely known as the launching pad for the careers of JimCarrey, JamieFoxx, DavidAllenGrier, and TommyDavidson as well as JenniferLopez and [[DancingWithTheStars Carrie Ann]] [[AustinPowers Inaba]], who were part of the show's "Fly Girl" dancers.
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