YMMV / In Living Color!


  • Ear Worm:
    • The original theme song.
    'You can do what you wanna do... in living color (In Living Color)
    You walk on the moon float like a balloon, you see it's never too late and it's never too soon
    Take it from me what it's like to be... in living color
    And how would you feel knowin' prejudice was obsolete, and all mankind danced to the exact beat
    And at night it was safe to walk down the street! (In Living Color)
    • How you livin'? "WHAT?" How you livin'? "WHAT?" How you livin'? "In Living Color."
    • The season five remix of the first theme isn't bad either.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: As far as characters and sketches, the "Men on..." sketches are very popular with audiences, including gay men.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: As hilarious as the "Promise of a Thin Me" video was, it's all the more painful to watch once you learn that Paula Abdul suffered from bulimia around the time it was made.
    • The Cosby Condom sketch with Jamie Foxx as Bill Cosby. Back then, it was funny because it juxtaposed Cosby's alleged wholesomeness with something that wasn't wholesome (i.e., sex and the fact that condoms were being advertised on TV, which, back then, was considered shocking). These days, with Cosby being accused of drugging and sexually assaulting female celebrities, there is a bitter irony that lingers when watching this parody commercial today.
    • One season 2 with the Homeboy Shopping Network has Whiz and Iceman carrying a kidnapped (and strongly struggling) Michael Jackson being held in what appears to be a body bag.
    • In a skit from the final season with uptight Mr. McAfee, who was hospitalized with his ongoing hemorrhoids problem, Jay Leggett plays a patient who laughs so much at his medical condition, that he suffers a heart attack or stroke and dies. Leggett himself would die from a heart attack twenty years later.
    • On an installment of East Hollywood Squares, one of the questions was "What is small, purple, and needs to be seen by a doctor?" Fred "Rerun" Berry answer to the question is "Prince", which turns out to be right. Funny back in 1993; in dubious taste in 2016 thanks to Prince's sudden death.
    • Related to the above, one sketch is of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and with Sinead O'Connor being a guest. Of the pictures that she ripped up, she refused to do it to a picture of Arsenio Hall, saying that she loves him. Nowadays in real life, both of them hate one another, so much that days after Prince's death O'Connor publicly accused Hall of regularly supplying him with drugs and he in turn sued her for millions on the grounds of defamation.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: This Fire Marshall Bill skit (from season five) had a part where it's implied that Fire Marshal Bill and an Arab man bombed the World Trade Center, just to prove that it wasn't structurally sound. Yes, it was referring to when the World Trade Center was first bombed in 1993, but now the joke is in worse taste due to the infamous attack on September 11, 2001 that leveled the towers. As a result, the line is edited from the FXX reruns (including the On-Demand version). The DVD has the line intact.
    • Seeing Keenan portraying Don Cornelius collapsing at the end of the spoof of the series called "Old Train" although he was able to be revived is now this given Cornelius' 2012 suicide. It gets even worse. Regardless on if you may think of the skit as this or a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, his portrayal of Cornelius has him being forgetful and being out of touch with everything happening around him. The driving force behind his suicide was his declining health, namely of him showing early signs of either dementia or Alzheimer's Disease.
    • In a Star Trek skit that poked fun at how old the original Star Trek cast was getting, Bones is portrayed as a skeleton. The actor who originally played Bones, DeForest Kelley, was the first of the original cast to die.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Jamie Foxx had plenty of opportunities to impersonate Ray Charles, especially since this was the time when Charles was promoting Diet Pepsi (even though David Alan Grier would usually play Ray Charles, as seen in such sketches as "Ray Charles in Charge" and "Career-Aid"). Foxx would later win an Oscar for doing the same thing, albeit in more dramatic fare.
    • Jamie Foxx also impersonated Garrett Morris (Saturday Night Live's first token black cast member from the show's first five years) in a fake American Express commercial featuring Chris Rock (played by Shawn Wayans) — a couple years before Foxx would appear with Garrett Morris on the WB sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show.
      • In the same sketch, one of the extras is played by Molly Shannon, who would later join the cast of SNL.
    • In the MC Hammer-skewering sketch "Too Sold Out to Quit", the joke of Hammer selling out to make himself wealthy ("The rules of being legit/Make a ton of money and then you can quit!") becomes this trope when Hammer ended up more than $10 million in debt the next year.
    Fame, it don't last long/Look at Vanilla Ice, he is gone!
    • There was a series of skits in the final season involving the East Hollywood Squares, an urban-ized take on the famous game show- complete with Peter Marshall, even. In 2013, MTV 2 debuted Hip-Hop Squares...an urban-ized take on the famous game show. That version was also hosted by a Peter, Rosenberg.
    • The Milli Vanilli sketch (featuring a "Milli Vanilli Do It Yourself Kit") is a typically harsh Take That! at the infamous duo, and ends with the line "So call now, because we are almost out of style!" Sure enough, it wouldn't even be half a year before the lip-sync scandal ignited, putting them out of style permanently.
    • To quote Jim Carrey's take on Vanilla Ice, "What's your real name? / Robert Van Winkle / Why'd you change it? / Nothing rhymes with Winkle". Except possibly the name of the main villain from Carrey's breakthrough into movie stardom several years later.
    • The Star Trek sketch featured Sulu complaining about how Captain Kirk gets all the girls and he gets none, ending with his enthusiasm at the prospect of getting some. Kinda hollow now, considering that George Takei came out of the closet...
      • According to Takei it's not. He was upset at Kelvin!Timeline Sulu being revealed as gay after all, as TOS era Sulu is canonically straight. Unless one has the odd view that gay performers can -only- play gay characters, there's nothing much hollow about a fictional character having different desires than his actor.
    • The recurring character named T-Dog Jenkins. On this show, however, T-Dog Jenkins was Jamie Foxx's reigning champion character on The Dirty Dozens.
    • Jim Carrey's over-enthusiastic activist character these days wouldn't be out of place as a social justice warrior online.
    • In the aforementioned Old Train skit, there was a couple trying to figure out a ridiculously easy word scramble about a famous talking horse (and still not being able to solve it) of "Mr De".
    • In Snow's "Informer" video spoof, "Imposter", we can see Carrey wearing a button-down shirt with a large question mark on it. This won't be the last time we see him sporting a fashion with question marks on it...
    • In the first "Men on Film" sketch, Blaine is surprised to learn that Glenn Close is a woman, thinking her role in Dangerous Liaisons had been a Cross-Cast Role. Years later, Glenn Close would star in Albert Nobbs.
    • A Funky Fingers Productions movie promoted as "a cross between The Wiz and Flatliners" features David Alan Grier in the role of the Cowardly Lion. Twenty-three years later, he'd play the Cowardly Lion in NBC's live telecast of The Wiz, and win an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.
    • Considering that The Golden Girls has a large gay following, it's funny to hear gay film critics Blaine and Antoine trash the show in one sketch.
    • "The Dysfunctional Home Show with Grandpa Jack" is eerily similar to Sam & Mickey's interpretation of Barbie, especially their cooking show episodes. In both, the title character is abusive to their more responsible loved one who helps to oversee the show to make sure they don't screw it up, both of their spouses left them due to their behavior, they burned the meal they were trying to prepare and even at one point, concerned witnesses rush on-camera to stop them from engaging in a dangerous act (drunk driving and knife-juggling, respectively.)
    • An early sketch on how a historically-white country club would be like with new black members would pretty much repeat itself with the 2007 film Who's Your Caddy?.
  • Nightmare Fuel, Pyro Maniac, Body Horror, Too Kinky to Torture, and Stuff Blowing Up: Every Fire Marshal Bill sketch has these tropes in abundance.
  • Retroactive Recognition
    • For those who don't know already, there was a time when Jim Carrey (who was credited as his real name "James Carrey" for most of his tenure) was the crazy white guy on In Living Color — and that Jamie Foxx was on this show from season three to the end.
    • Shawn Wayans initially got his start on the show not as an actor, but as the show's DJ, DJ SW1.
    • Marlon Wayans was also on this show as a feature player, but only for Season 4.
    • Molly Shannon appeared as an extra in a number of sketches.
    • Larry Wilmore was a writer on the show and also appeared as an extra in sketches.
    • Carrie Ann Inaba and Jennifer Lopez were Fly Girls.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season Four, when the Wayans siblings (Keenan-Ivory, Damon, Kim, Shawn, and Marlon) were kicked off the show following many disputes over censorship, and again in Season Five when Jim Carrey was rarely seen due to his budding movie career. While season four is still considered okay to watch, despite the behind-the-scenes troubles, season five wasn't as well-liked, due to Jim Carrey's absence and the hiring of several new cast members that the audience didn't like.
  • Special Effects Failure: In the first season skit of "The Arsenio Hall Show", when Keenan!Arsenio was running around and rolling on the stage, you can see the padding used to make him appear to have a larger butt.
    • In the season three skit of a woman who knew how to do everything, one of the things she apparently knew how to do is solve the Rubik's Cube in seconds. However on closer inspection, you can see that it wasn't solved at all.
  • Values Resonance: While many of the segments tend to invert this trope, the topics about race relations still have prevalence to this day.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: In several instances, particularly with their music video parodies, like Crystal Waters' "Gypsy Woman" (remade into "My Songs Are Mindless" with Kim Wayans) or Snow's "Informer" (remade into "Imposter" with Jim Carrey.)

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