Comedy

Keenen Ivory Wayans on Dave Chappelle, In Living Color and Jehovah's Witnesses

As much an icon of African-American comedy as Richard Pryor or Eddie Murphy, Keenen Ivory Wayans pioneered a new style of televised sketch comedy with In Living Color, introducing mainstream Americans to the stylish humor of early '90s black culture. The show also launched the careers of Jim Carrey, Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Foxx and several members of the incredibly talented Wayans family.

Now back on the road, working out material for his 2014 tour with brothers Damon, Shawn and Marlon, Keenen Ivory Wayans is returning to standup, the medium that launched his career in the early '80s. Before performing six shows at Comedy Works this week, Keenen Ivory Wayans caught up with us to talk about his history in the funny business, witnessing Charlie Murphy's "Rick James, bitch!" fight, and how to move forward with audiences.

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