In Living Color (1990-1994)


By Ryan Zimmerman
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In Living Color"You can do whatcha want to do . . . in Living Color!" Heavy D sang the intro song to the show and audiences sang its praises. Keenen, Damon, Kim, Marlen and Shawn all found their "Way-ans" to Fox Television through outrageous sketch comedy. It was Saturday Night Live on overdrive. Talk about a show busting at the seams with “before they were big stars” talent! Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Lopez (the flyest of the "Fly Girls") all played memorable and integral roles in the show’s success. Well, J. Lo wasn’t exactly the main attraction – her butt was though! (ba dum bum)

In Living Color was never afraid to unleash


a comedic controversy regardless of what the censors believed to be appropriate. The show faced constant pressure from the network but continued to press the envelope on what was and was not politically correct. The recurrence of gay characters like Men on Film’s Jim Carey as Vera De MiloBlaine Edwards and Antoine Merriweather and Les and Wes the Conjoined Twins represent the full on, in your face, no holds barred comedy that the show is known for.

While the show had its share of successful actors and acting careers, no cast members made such a cinematic impact following their departure from the show than Carrey and Foxx. Carrey showed glimpses of his Ace Ventura-esque ability to take a character, and overemphasize each and every line and movement. And, it worked unbelievably well. Whether it was the female steroid user Vera De Milo, the Over-Confident Gay Guy, or the accident prone and overcooked Fire Marshall Bill, Carrey showed audiences that he was going to be a future force to reckon with. Jamie Foxx, on the other hand, has recently been critically acclaimed for more serious roles in "Ray," "DreamGirls" and the upcoming "Soloist." His portrayal of Wanda, known for being the ugliest woman in the world, was as side-splitting as it was foreshadowing of the true talent Foxx possesses.

Though the show only lasted a few years, the Wayans family each brought their own style to every character. So, to summarize, I have decided to give In Living Color 2 snaps in a Z formation. Nah, I don’t really – you know why? Because "HOMEY DON’T PLAY THAT!"

Men on Film's Blaine Edwards (Damon Wayans) & Anton Merryweather (David Alan Grier) Fire Marshall Bill (Jim Carrey) Homey the Clown (Damon Wayans)
Men on Film’s Blaine Edwards (Damon Wayans)
& Anton Merryweather (David Alan Grier)
Fire Marshall Bill (Jim Carrey) Homey the Clown (Damon Wayans)

Watch the In Living Color Intro


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