Exclusive Interview: Keenen Ivory Wayans Reveals Why In Living Color Is Done

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The Wayans family has dominated comedy in Hollywood for the past twenty years.  Last night, Oprah sat down with many of the famous members of the family to discuss the magic behind the Wayans, but she isn’t the only one that spoke with the family!  It had been reported that In Living Color was coming back to television, new actors were cast and they shot a pilot, but recently we reported that the show will no longer be coming back. Cherise Nicole (CNikky) and our associates EURweb also spoke to members of the Wayans family about their epic sketch comedy show In Living Color & why it will not be returning to television.

According to Comcast:

Oprah sat down with some of the Wayans family including: Siblings Keenen Ivory Wayans, 54, Kim Wayans, 51, Shawn Wayans, 42, and Marlon Wayans, 40; and “second generation” Wayanses Damien Dante Wayans, 32, Damon Wayans Jr., 30, and Craig Wayans (age unavailable).

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Missing from the group (for reasons unknown): Damon Wayans, 52, who starred with sibs Keenen, Kim, Shawn and Marlon on “In Living Color” on Fox in the early ’90s (along with Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier and others).

Among the subjects the group covered were family, “In Living Color” and the art of comedy.

As the eldest in the group interviewed by Oprah, and the one credited most with creating “In Living Color,” Keenen seemed to do the lion’s share of the talking when the family visited with Oprah.

Oprah asked him how “In Living Color” came to be. And Keenen answered that it was really about artistic freedom — which Fox granted him when they agreed to take on the show — and some very talented people who happened to be available, including Carrey, Grier and Keenen’s brother, Damon.


Keenen spoke about comedy coming from pain:

“I think what people don’t understand is that comedy is a mask for pain,” Keenen said. “People who are innately funny are innately disturbed.” He wasn’t kidding when he said that.


We spoke with Keenen during the red carpet premiere of Second Generation Wayans about why In Living Color will not be coming back to television.

“After a lot of thought and discussion, I realize that the bar is set really high and if you’re not gonna beat that or pass that than it’s better to…let it alone.”

Watch the interview below:

In case you missed it, watch our interview with Damien Dante Wayans about Second Generation Wayans:

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