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Sketch comedy show that aired on Fox in the early 1990s, created by Keenan Ivory Wayans and starring many Wayans Brothers (Damon, Shawn, and Marlon) and one sister (Kim). The series is largely known as the launching pad for the careers of Jim Carrey
, Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier, and Tommy Davidson as well as Jennifer Lopez
and Carrie Ann Inaba
, who were part of the show's "Fly Girl" dancers.
The series was largely seen as Saturday Night Live
for the black and Hispanic set (since SNL
didn't have a lot of black cast members at the timenote
and wouldn't get a Hispanic cast member until Horatio Sanz was hired in 1998note
), featuring 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 the "Men On..." seriesnote
(Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier), abhorrent
and Mirror-Cracking Ugly
admirer Wanda (Jamie Foxx), mannish bodybuilder Vera DeMilo (Jim Carrey), and the cartoonishly destructive safety officer Fire Marshall Bill Burns (also Jim Carrey).
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. Season five, while mostly enjoyable because of Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier, Jamie Foxx, and Tommy Davidson, was considered a flop due to the absence of the Wayans siblings, and the newer cast membersnote
they hired not being loved as much (similar to what happens whenever Saturday Night Live
loses a fan-favorite cast member and hires a new one). 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.It was scheduled to be revived with a new cast
in 2012, but, due to negative reception from focus groups and executives over the new pilot, the project has been shelved. It's been speculated that the pilot will one day be redone and the show will air again, but, from all outward appearances, it looks as if it will never happen.
The show has been on and off television in reruns. It's been on FX, BET, Centric, and is now on FXX, where it airs after midnight (mostly after the primetime marathon of The Simpsons
). All five seasons are out on DVD as well, but beware: most episodes are edited to remove any and all traces of licensed songs
, from characters Waxing Lyrical
to actual music video parodies. If you want to see the show as it was back in the 1990s
, your best bets are the FXX reruns or YouTube
Not to be confused with the funk-metal band Living Colour
or a BBC radio comedy sketch show of a similar name.
This show contained examples of the following: