Who could forget one of the most classic sketch comedy television series in history?
Today’s general audience is a little on the young side, but there are still ways to experience the hilariousness that was In Living Color.
In Living Color ran from 1990 – 1994 with five seasons and 127 episodes, and it got its name from harboring a cast that was predominantly black, which was different from the usual sketch comedy shows that had a primarily white cast (Saturday Night Live).
Comedic brothers Keenen and Damon Wayans created, wrote, and starred in the show, and they had actors alongside of them that would soon make major moves within their own careers.
Besides the entire Wayans family having regular roles throughout the show, In Living Color also featured actors such as Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier, Jamie Foxx, and Tommy Davidson—all before they made it big!
The show even featured an opening theme song from rappers Heavy D and Eddie F and routines from the show’s dance group The Fly Girls, which had Jennifer Lopez as a member and Rosie Perez as the group’s choreographer. Both Lopez and Perez are now actresses, and Lopez is also a well-known singer.
Keenen took a trip down memory lane earlier this month on Access Hollywood.
He sat down with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover and watched old clips from the show. They also talked about the actors Keenen chose to be a part of the show, as well as the actors that he passed on.
“I missed out on Martin Lawrence and Chris Rock, John Leguizamo,” Wayans said. “Not that they weren’t good—it just was at that particular time they were not on the same level as the people that I had already cast.”
Wayans said that he thought about all of these actors for future appearances, but they had already made a name for themselves in their individual careers.
Lawrence has gone on to appear in many films and television shows, including his self-titled television series Martin. Rock is a well-known comedian, and Leguizamo has also shown his face in a plethora of famous films.
Who knows what In Living Color may have come to had Wayans hired some of the actors and comedians that we love today, but the show is still a classic success as is.