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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 time and wouldn't get a Hispanic cast member until Horatio Sanz in 1998), 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 Men on Film (Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier), Abhorrent Admirer
Ugly Wanda (Jamie Foxx), and Fire Marshal Bill (Carrey), a masochistic fire safety official who always hurts himself and destroys buildings while giving safety lessons.
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.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, shipped to another channel, or scrapped.
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: