1 9 9 0 – 1 9 9 4 (USA)
147 x 30 minute episodes
One of the Fox network’s longest-running and most popular shows, In Living Color was created, written and produced by talented black comedian/actor Keenen Ivory Wayans. Similar in concept to NBC’s popular Saturday Night Live, the show featured mainly African-American performers.
The show spoofed films, television shows, celebrities, commercials, political figures and black stereotypes in hilarious satirical sketches enacted by a talented group of performers.
Amongst some of the most memorable recurring sketches were ‘Men in Films’, which featured two gay critics (Blaine Edwards and Antoine Mayweather) who commented on current movies, ‘Hey Mom’ which centred on the everyday problems of the Hedley family who were hard-working immigrants from the West Indies, ‘The Buttmans’, a family who had buttocks where their foreheads should be and ‘The Home Boys’, Wiz and Ice, two young black con artists.
Regular performers included James (Jim) Carrey (one of the few white performers on the show), Kelly Coffield, Kim Coles, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier, T’Keyah ‘Crystal’ Keymah, Damon Wayans, Kim Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Steve Park, Jamie Foxx, Marlon Wayans, Alexandra Wentworth, Twist (Leroy Casey), Anne-Marie Johnson, Jay Leggett, Chris Rock, Carol Rosenthal, Marc Wilmore, Reggie McFadden, and the very popular Fly Girls, an energetic group of dancers who at one time included Jennifer Lopez.