In Living Color

FOX (ended 1994)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 26

    The Champ

    Aired 5/19/94

  • S 5 : Ep 25

    Infomercial Awards

    Aired 5/12/94

  • S 5 : Ep 24

    Candy Cane's Last Show

    Aired 5/5/94

  • S 5 : Ep 23

    Sweet Tooth Jones

    Aired 4/21/94

  • S 5 : Ep 22

    The Scary Larry Show

    Aired 4/7/94

  • Cast & Crew
  • Keenen Ivory Wayans

    Various (1990-1992)

  • Jim Carrey

    Various

  • Damon Wayans

    Various (1990-1992)

  • David Alan Grier

    Various

  • Tommy Davidson

    Various

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  • In Living Color was the brainchild of Keenen Ivory Wayans, the eldest acting sibling of a large and extremely talented family whose guidance toward his brothers and sisters would help shape his creation into something truly memorable, the likes of which had never been seen prior on US television.In 1989, Keenen set about making a pilot episode for something he knew was going to be different. It wasn't just going to be a show performed by black people for black people but was to be a multi-ethnic series. Using this as his basis he recruited two white actors who were fairly unknown at the time - James Carrey (now known as Jim) and Kelly Coffield.In addition, the show introduced more upcoming talent, in the form of Tommy Davidson, Kim Coles, David Alan Grier, T'keyah "Crystal" Keymah and finally his siblings Kim Wayans and Damon Wayans. The cast was formed and the pilot was filmed. Things went quiet for a while until word of mouth spread about this amazing new show that dared to be different and one year later FOX television picked it up. In Spring 1990 In Living Color premiered on prime-time television and became a smash sensation overnight. It's easy to consider In Living Color as being a groundbreaking show, so truthful in that its approach to many issues attributed to its huge success in America, thanks in part to the cast's delivery. Keenen Ivory Wayans has always been passionate about dealing with current world issues, states of affairs and how every man or woman is treated in the world today, no matter the colour of their skin. It wasn't until it first aired that people got a taste of what Keenen and his crew were trying to achieve. By being let loose to run wild and bring their separate talents to the screen, improvising and bringing fresh, new lovable characters along the way they would help to get the message across to a wide audience in a no-holds barred satire that defied the set conventions of most TV shows being produced. However, In Living Color was embraced whole heartedly and after the first season's run (13 episodes) it had become a phenomenon. Characters such as Damon's Homey the Clown, Carrey's Vera De Milo and again Damon's Anton to name but a few stayed in the public's mind. Season 2 would follow in the fall of that same year, such was popular demand.Awards & Nominations •1994 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Variety or Music Program - Michelle Cole (costume designer) For episode #507.•1993 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography - Rosie Perez (choreographer) For episode #419.•1993 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Variety or Music Program - Michelle Cole (costume designer) For show #417.•1992 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography - Rosie Perez (choreographer)For show #307.•1992 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Variety or Music Program - Michelle Cole (costume designer) For show #302.•1992 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Individual Achievement in Graphic Design and Title Sequences - Martin Ansolabehe (designer) •1992 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Individual Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series - Pauletta O. Lewis (key hairstylist), Victoria Wood (hairstylist), Pinky Cunningham (hairstylist) For episode #310.•1992 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series - Stephanie Cozart Burton (key make-up), Sheryl Ptak (key make-up) For show #327.•1992 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Pam Veasey (head writer), Greg Fields (head writer), Les Firestein (head writer), Keenen Ivory Wayans (writer), Fax Bahr (writer), Fred Graver (writer), Adam Small (writer), Michael Anthony Snowden (writer), Steve Tompkins (writer), Damon Wayans (writer), Larry Wilmore (writer), Marc Wilmore (writer), Harry Dunn (writer), Michelle Jones (writer), Becky Hartman-Edwards (writer), Buddy Sheffield (writer), John Bowman (writer).•1992 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program (Series) - , Keenen Ivory Wayans (executive producer), Tamara Rawitt (producer), Kevin Berg (co-producer) For show #329.•1991 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Costume Design for a Variety or Music Program - Michelle Cole (costume designer) For show #220.•1991 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Damon Wayans (member of repertory company) For show #212.•1991 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Keenen Ivory Wayans (member of repertory company) For show #205.•1991 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Keenen Ivory Wayans (executive producer), Tamara Rawitt (producer), Michael Petok (co-producer) For show #225.•1991 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Pam Veasey (head writer), Greg Fields (head writer), Les Firestein (head writer), Keenen Ivory Wayans (writer), Fax Bahr (writer), Fred Graver (writer), Adam Small (writer), Michael Anthony Snowden (writer), Steve Tompkins (writer), Damon Wayans (writer), Larry Wilmore (writer), Marc Wilmore (writer), Harry Dunn (writer), Michelle Jones (writer), Becky Hartman-Edwards (writer), Buddy Sheffield (writer), John Bowman (writer), For show #213.•1990 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Achievement in Choreography - Rosie Perez (choreographer) For episode #105.•1990 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program - Pam Veasey (head writer), Greg Fields (head writer), Les Firestein (head writer), Keenen Ivory Wayans (writer), Fax Bahr (writer), Fred Graver (writer), Adam Small (writer), Michael Anthony Snowden (writer), Steve Tompkins (writer), Damon Wayans (writer), Larry Wilmore (writer), Marc Wilmore (writer), Harry Dunn (writer), Michelle Jones (writer), Becky Hartman-Edwards (writer), Buddy Sheffield (writer), John Bowman (writer) For show #101.•1994 Image Award- Won Outstanding Variety Series•1992 Image Award- Won Outstanding Variety Series•1992 Nova Award - Won Most Promising Producer in Television Keenen Ivory Wayans Theme Song "That's the Way You're Living When You're Living In Living Color" (Season 3-4 theme by Heavy D & the Boyz)moreless

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  • Quotes (9)

    • The Little Boy: Hey, Homey, Can we smash this pie in your face? Homey: No son, I think you got it backwards ( Kicks the pie back into the little boy's face) Homey (to the little boy): Now how do you feel about yourself? Little Boy: Totally dissed, Homey.

    • [Repeated Line] Homey D. Clown: "Homey don't play dat."

    • Homey D. Clown: "I don't THINK so! Homey don't play that!"

    • Homey D. Clown: "Homey the clown, don't mess around, even when the man, tries to put him down".

    • Cowboy (Jim Carrey): Hey Clown! Can you guess my wife's weight?
      Homey D. Clown (Damon Wayans): Sure one dollar! (Jim pulls dollar out of his pocket and gives it to Damon) 'Kay.... She's about.... I'd say.... One fat Bitch! (Woman shocked face, Jim smiling in humor)

    • Tom and Tom: singing When you're in trouble, just call 9-1-1, and right to your doorstep the police will run. But if they should cuff you and give you a smack, it's because you're guilty...not cause you're black.

    • Tom and Tom: singing Problems and blacks seem to go hand in hand, wherever they roam in this glorious land. We'll help them with customs, we'll help them with flaws, and we'll try to solve all the problems they cause.

    • Beauty Contest Host: singing Hey Ms. Black Person USA, the finest in the land. Hey Ms. Black Person USA, like a sweet baked honey-glazed ham. You're dark and lovely, like a bottle of ripple wine... Just look at that big behind! What a bouquet. Ms. Black Person USA. She's black, ain't no taking her back.

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    Notes (82)

    • First appearence of popular sketches like "Men On Films" and "The Home Boy shopping Network."

    • The pilot episode began with a skit entitled "Love Connection", starring Keenen Ivory Wayans as 'Mike Tyson', Jim Carrey as 'Chuck Woolery', and Kim Coles as 'Robin Givens'.

    • Kim Coles does not appear in this episode.

    • Now airing on Sundays

    • First appearance of Homey The Clown, one of In Living Color's most popular characters.

    • BET has never aired this episode.

    • This is Kim Coles's last episode. She left to pursue a movie career.

    • BET has never aired this episode.

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    Trivia (19)

    • The dance troupe on this show was called The Fly Girls. In the third season, a new dancer, Jennifer Lopez, was cast as one of the Fly Girls.

    • Actor Shawn Wayans first appeared as the show's music DJ "SW1", but later gave those reigns to DJ Twist to focus more on his acting.

    • Originally a "Volt 45", a take-off on Colt 45, sketch was aired as the second sketch, in which Keenan Ivory Wayans played Billy Dee Williams. The main point of the sketch was to get the girl drunk so as to take advantage of her. So since this sketch was making a joke of date rape it hasn't aired since.

    • In the "Jheri's Kids" sketch, right after Jerry/Jheri Lewis and kid sings the end theme song, you can see the boom mic from up above.

    • Homey D. Clown's line "Homey don't play that!" was ranked #20 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 20 Top Catchphrases" (21-27 August 2005 issue).

    • In the 1 900-YTGUILT sketch, "White Wife" couldn't have known that Rev. Farrakhan was on the phone. The husband didn't say it and it wasn't mentioned in the ad.

    • In "In Living Color" episode 7 of Season 2, during the Hollywood Homeboys skit, Damon and Keenan introduce themselves as Whiz and Ice, respectively, but later on in the episode, Damon mistakenly calls his brother's character "Whiz" and Keenan's calls Damon's character "Ice", accidentally switching the names around. You can kinda tell Keenan knew the mistake when it happened because of his facial expression when he calls his brother Ice. A pretty funny mistake.

    • During the "Magenta's Acting School" skit, the "B" word is edited out twice, but the rest of them were left in.

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  • Fan Reviews (38)
  • One of the Best Sketch Shows Ever

    By DisneyVillain, Sep 28, 2014

  • Establishes my Favorite Comedian, Could be a Top Show of mine

    By anastasia1243, Feb 08, 2014

  • Better then....

    By gracielove, Nov 09, 2012

  • Very funny show had something for everybody even so funny i see other shows try to imitate the style

    By mskrstnylena, Dec 11, 2007

  • In Living Color Will Always Be A Classic Because Of Jim Carrey Tommy Davidson,Jamie Foxx,David Alan Grier,And Damon Wayans.But Jim Carrey Will Always Be My Favorite!!!!!!!

    By JamesCarrey, Sep 23, 2007

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