Keenen Ivory Wayans
American actor
Keenen Ivory Wayans
Keenen Ivory Wayans is an American actor, comedian, director and writer known as the host and creator of the FOX sketch comedy series In Living Color. Wayans is the director/creator of Scary Movie, the highest grossing movie ever directed by an African American. He briefly hosted his own show called The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show.
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Keenen Ivory Wayans's personal information overview.
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<i>Finding Your Roots</i> Looks to Find Its Footing, Again, After Misstep on Affleck's Slave-Owning Ancestor
Huffington Post - about 1 year
One of the last TV shows you'd expect to find dusting itself off from a small, but embarrassing content-suppression scandal would be Finding Your Roots, Professor Henry L. Gates's genealogy program on PBS. But the show's third season, which premieres Jan. 5 at 8 p.m., will have to explore the roots of several dozen new subjects in the mildly uncomfortable shadow of previous guest Ben Affleck. Gates's lineup this season will include the likes of Bill O'Reilly, Shonda Rhimes, Jimmy Kimmel, Dustin Hoffman, Mia Farrow, Julianne Moore, Norman Lear, Senator John McCain, LL Cool J, Puffy Combs, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Gloria Steinem. The keen observer will note that they are all famous, and that's something for which Gates has never apologized. Starpower, he has always explained, provides a means of drawing viewers' attention to the fascinating field of genealogy. "When they see what our researchers uncovered about someone like Stephen King," Gates said ...
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PBS' 'Finding Your Roots' Returns After Ben Affleck Controversy
Huffington Post - over 1 year
NEW YORK (AP) -- PBS' popular "Finding Your Roots" series, temporarily shelved after an episode omitted references to the slaveholding past of Ben Affleck's ancestor at the actor's request, will return to public television for its third season in January. The show has hired a new fact-checker and two new genealogists as part of its reforms, said the network's Beth Hoppe on Monday. PBS had suspended the series after determining that the show's producers violated standards by allowing Affleck undue influence on its content and failing to inform the network of his request. "It has become a more transparent process and a more rigorous process," Hoppe said, "but essentially at its core these are personal stories about people who are finding out about their histories. That hasn't changed." "Finding Your Roots," which is hosted and written by Henry Louis Gates Jr., returns on Jan. 5. Julianne Moore, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Sen. John McCain and television producers Norman Lear and Shon ...
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'I Cried Like Almost 15 Thousand Times'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES -- "Jenny from the Block" has a spot on the most famous block of all – the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Jennifer Lopez received the 2,500th star Thursday surrounded by her boyfriend Casper Smart, her 5-year-old twins Max and Emme, and friends including Jane Fonda, Keenen Ivory Wayans and "Selena" director Gregory Nava. "I cried like almost 15 thousand times," she said afterward. "It was so crazy. But I kept promising everybody I wasn't going to cry and they were like, `Cry!' `You're not helping!' But it was an amazing moment." Lopez relished the chance to "kind of walk down memory lane" with Wayans – "he's the reason I moved to Los Angeles because I got that job as a fly girl" – and Nava, who put her in her first movie. "You realize you've been at this for a long time and you've been fighting and getting it," she said. "It's a real kind of landmark day for me and I am just glad my family was here to share it with me." Just don't ask Max and Emme wh ...
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'In Living Color' receives TV Land honor
KXLY - almost 5 years
"In the early days, TV was in black and white," Whoopi Goldberg said as she presented the Groundbreaking Award to the cast of "In Living Color" at the TV Land Awards earlier this month. "But let's be honest," she went on. "It was really more white than black. But in 1990, a new show changed the face of television, not to mention comedy." Created by actor/writer Keenen Ivory Wayans, the sketch comedy series "In Living Color" ran on Fox from 1990-1994, and "brought a new multiculturalism to the primetime variety genre, which basically means there was nothing like it on television anywhere," continued Goldberg. "With a bold, comedic edge, hip-hop energy and streetwise sensibility, it not only shattered stereotypes, it shattered everybody's idea of what sketch comedy was and could be, and more importantly, what it was supposed to look like," she said. "It was the ultimate water-cooler show because when you see old white men sitting around talking about 'two snaps up,' it mean ...
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The Throwback: 'In Living Color' honored as 'groundbreaking'
CNN Enternament - The Marquee Bl - almost 5 years
"In the early days, TV was in black and white," Whoopi Goldberg said as she presented the Groundbreaking Award to the cast of "In Living Color" at the TV Land Awards earlier this month. "But let's be honest," she went on. "It was really more white than black. But in 1990, a new show changed the face of television, not to mention comedy." Created by actor/writer Keenen Ivory Wayans, the sketch comedy series "In Living Color" ran on Fox from 1990-1994, and "brought a new multiculturalism to the primetime variety genre, which basically means there was nothing like it on television anywhere," continued Goldberg. "With a bold, comedic edge, hip-hop energy and streetwise sensibility, it not only shattered stereotypes, it shattered everybody's idea of what sketch comedy was and could be, and more importantly, what it was supposed to look like," she said. "It was the ultimate water-cooler show because when you see old white men sitting around talking about 'two snaps up,' it meant some ...
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Google News - over 5 years
“Most Wanted,” is clearly a fictional movie that stars Keenen Wayans and Jon Voight, so enough said there. And Mythbusters, well, they just straight up proved that it was a false hood. However, if neither of those are evidence enough to provide you
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COVER STORY; Hip-Hopping Onto the Late-Night Scene n BY LISA W. FODERARO FOR more than three years, television executives have bemoaned the void left by Arsenio Hall, the first successful black host of a late-night talk show. They have waited patiently fo
NYTimes - over 19 years
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In Hollywood, Black Is In
NYTimes - almost 27 years
LEAD: When Melvin Van Peebles first came to Hollywood 34 years ago to break into movies, he was offered work as an elevator operator. Last month he was honored at the Sundance United States Film Festival as a pioneering black film maker. When Wendell Harris Jr. first came to Hollywood with hopes of working as an actor in 1976, he couldn't get past
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Keenen Ivory Wayans
    FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 46
    One of these films, Scary Movie (2000), which Wayans directed, was the highest-grossing movie ever directed by an African American until it was surpassed by Tim Story's Fantastic Four in 2005.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 38
    From 1997 to 1998, he hosted the talk show The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show.
    More Details Hide Details Most recently, he was a judge for the eighth season of Last Comic Standing. Wayans was born in New York City, son of Howell Stouten Wayans, a supermarket manager, and his wife Elvira Alethia (Green), a homemaker and social worker. His father was a devout Jehovah's Witness. He grew up in Manhattan's Fulton housing projects. Wayans attended Tuskegee University on an engineering scholarship. He entertained his friends at college with made-up stories about life in New York. One semester before graduation, he dropped out of school to focus on comedy.
  • 1990
    Age 31
    Wayans and his brother Damon, Sr. created, wrote, and starred in the show, called In Living Color, an American sketch comedy television series that originally ran on the Fox Network from 1990 to 1994.
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    He first came to prominence as the host and co-creator of the 1990–1994 Fox sketch comedy series In Living Color.
    More Details Hide Details He has produced, directed and/or written a large number of films, starting with Hollywood Shuffle, which he co-wrote, in 1987. A majority of these films have included him and one or more of his brothers and sisters in the cast.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 21
    During his first set performing at The Improv in New York, Wayans met Robert Townsend, who helped him learn about the comedy business. Wayans moved to Los Angeles in 1980, where he worked as an actor.
    More Details Hide Details He had a regular role as a soldier on a television series named "For Love and Honor". Townsend wrote, directed, and starred in the movie Hollywood Shuffle; Wayans was co-star and co-writer. The movie's success allowed him to raise the money to make I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. Fox Broadcasting Company approached Wayans to offer him his own show. Wayans wanted to produce a variety show, similar to Saturday Night Live, with a cast of people of color that took chances with its content. Fox gave Wayans a lot of freedom with the show, although Fox executives were a bit concerned about the show's content prior to its television debut.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Born
    Born on June 8, 1958.
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