Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all lovey-dovey stuff. If you and your special Valentine love to laugh, you’re in luck if you’re anywhere near Atlantic City on Friday night. Brothers Keenen Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans will be filling your Valentine’s Day with some great comedy.
Admittedly, the Wayans brothers are most famous for the groundbreaking TV show “In Living Color.” That show will be forever remembered as one of the greatest modern comedic ensembles in history. Many comedians and actors got their start on “In Living Color” including Jamie Foxx and Jim Carrey. The mastermind behind “In Living Color” is Keenen Ivory Wayans, who recently took time out of his busy schedule to talk to me.
We talked a bit about how well “In Living Color” worked and I asked him if he would do it again if he could. He hesitated a moment before answering.
It would be real hard. You know, every generation changes. It’s hard to duplicate what you did. Could you do ‘I Love Lucy’ today? Where would you find another Lucy? Where would I find another Jim Carrey?”
For those who don’t know the Wayans family, there are 10 kids. They are all good friends. Keenen told me that his kids joke that he doesn’t have any friends. He said who needs friends with their family. The Wayans kids hang out with each other. According to Keenen, “Family keeps you grounded.”
That Wayans family spirit is strong with Keenen. When I asked him what he’d been up to lately, his first response was, “Raising five kids.” Professionally, he’s been doing some writing and a lot of directing. In fact, Keenen just sold a show pilot to ABC that he wrote last summer.
That brought us up to the present time. I asked Keenen what type of show the audience can expect to see at the House of Blues Friday night. His response was, “It’s all comedy.” In fact, this stand-up comedy performance of Keenen and Damon Wayans is a precursor to a new tour they will be embarking on along with brothers Marlon and Shawn.
Keened started out doing stand-up comedy. His main influence was Richard Pryor, but he was heavily influenced, as well, by shows with ensemble casts like “The Carol Burnett Show,” “The Honeymooners” and “I Love Lucy,” some of those shows produced before he was born. This is the model that spawned “In Living Color.”
I asked Keenen if there were any other areas of show business he’d like to get into some day. He really likes directing and producing. He directed many of his brothers’ movies and directed “Scary Movie,” the huge hit of 2000. He also enjoys getting back to his roots in stand-up comedy.
Off the cuff, I asked Keenen what kind of movie he’d go see if he were going to the movies Friday night instead of playing the House of Blues. “I like big, funny movies. I enjoyed ‘The Heat’ with Melissa McCarthy and ‘Ride Along’ with Kevin Hart.”
Our time was growing short, so I asked what the future holds for this incredibly talented director/ producer/ actor/ comedian.
In my head, I would love to create a ‘Star Wars’ or do a great animated movie.”
If the past is any indication, I doubt you’ll have to wait too long to see one of these written, produced and directed by the incomparable Keenen Ivory Wayans.
For now, though, you can see Keenen and Damon Wayans on Valentine’s Day at the Atlantic City House of Blues (located on the Boardwalk side of Showboat). There will be one show at 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, with doors opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29.50 to $59.50 plus applicable taxes and fees.
Enjoy the show!