Homey Dont Play That!: The Story of In Living Color and the Black Comedy Revolution by David PeisnerDiscover the fascinating behind-the-scenes stories and lasting impact of the trailblazing sketch comedy show that upended television, launched the careers of some of our biggest stars, and changed the way we talk, think, and laugh about race: In Living Color.
Few television shows revolutionized comedy as profoundly or have had such an enormous and continued impact on our culture as In Living Color. Inspired by Richard Pryor, Carol Burnett, and Eddie Murphy, Keenen Ivory Wayans created a television series unlike any that had come before it. Along the way, he introduced the world to Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier, Rosie Perez, and Jennifer Lopez, not to mention his own brothers Damon, Marlon, and Shawn Wayans. In Living Color shaped American culture in ways both seen and unseen, and was part of a sea change that moved black comedy and hip-hop culture from the shadows into the spotlight.
Now, Homey Don’t Play That reveals the complete, captivating story of how In Living Color overcame enormous odds to become a major, zeitgeist-seizing hit. Through exclusive interviews with the cast, writers, producers, and network executives, this insightful and entertaining chronicle follows the show’s ups and downs, friendships and feuds, tragedies and triumphs, sketches and scandals, the famous and the infamous, unveiling a vital piece of history in the evolution of comedy, television, and black culture.
Created by Keenen Ivory Wayans, the show emphasized diversity and unforgettable characters from actors who went on to become some of the biggest names in comedy. Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx and more future superstars all honed their comedic talents on the popular series. TV Nostalgia. April 19, by Jessica Bennett 0 Shares. In Living Color shook up the world of sketch comedy during its debut.
Running from , it catapulted the careers of comedic talents like Damon Wayans, Jamie Foxx, and Jim Carrey, and even a few professional dancers hello, J-Lo! The series also served as home to some recurring characters we still quote and reference today, like Fire Marshall Bill and Homey the Clown. With a predominantly black cast, and a heavy focus on black humour, the show crossed racial boundaries and appealed to anyone and everyone who could enjoy a good laugh. Created and written by Keenan Ivory Wayans, he also starred in the show along with many of his siblings. So where are they all now?
It has been 25 years since the last episode of In Living Color aired on Fox. Crass, funny and unapologetically black, the show poked fun at familiar characters, archetypes, and issues within the black community in a way that never felt malicious. It was Saturday Night Live , but edgier and more outlandish, delivering apt social commentary from a unique perspective. Discover your new favorite show: Watch This Now! In the time of peak TV, where classics are being rebooted all the time, it's surprising that In Living Color has been left out of the conversation — especially given that many of the issues the show tackled, like a sketch roasting racist credit card companies, are still relevant today.
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In Living Color ran for four years from on Fox. Along with the screening, a handful of original castmembers will take the stage to discuss the impact of the show. Guess who's getting together 4 Tribeca FF ? That's right InLivingColor gettin' 2gether 4 reunion. Davidson teased the news of the reunion on Twitter with a throwback photo that also featured other cast members, including Jim Carrey. If you have opted in for our browser push notifications, and you would like to opt-out, please refer to the following instructions depending on your device and browser. For turning notifications on or off on Google Chrome and Android click here , for Firefox click here , for Safari click here and for Microsoft's Edge click here.