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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_3'); })In Living Color! Wrote an article 'bout it! Like to read it? Here it goes!Sketch comedy show that aired on Fox from 1990 to 1994, created by Keenen Ivory Wayans and starring many Wayans brothers (Damon, Shawn, and Marlon) and one sister (Kim). The series is largely known as the launching pad for the careers of The Wayans Family, Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier, and Tommy Davidson as well as Jennifer Lopez and Carrie Ann Inaba, who were part of the show's "Fly Girl" dancers.The series was largely seen as Saturday Night Live for the black and Hispanic set (since SNL didn't have a lot of black cast members at the timenote back in the 1990s, they had Chris Rock — who left because of creative differences, Tim Meadows, who didn't become popular until the mid-1990s, and Ellen Cleghorne, who was lost in the shuffle of white, male cast members, but is considered the first black female repertory player who lasted more than one season. Compare to seasons 40-41, where they had five black cast members — Kenan Thompson, Jay Pharoah, Michael Che, Sasheer Zamata, and Leslie Jones — which is the most black cast members the show has ever had in one cast, though season 44 tied after Chris Reed and Ego Nwodim filled vacancies left by the departures of Pharoah and Zamata and wouldn't get a Hispanic cast member until Horatio Sanz was hired in 1998note since then, SNL has had three other Hispanic cast members besides Sanz: Fred Armisen, who is now the longest-running Hispanic cast member [2002-2013], Noel Wells, the first Hispanic female cast member, the first Hispanic cast member to be Mexican, and the most short-lived Hispanic cast member [was only on the show for the 39th season — 2013-2014] and Melissa Villaseñor), featuring R&B and hip-hop musical acts.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_2'); })The series spawned several popular characters, most notably the ex-con clown Homey D. Clown (Damon Wayans), the flamboyantly gay film critics for the "Men On..." seriesnote it started out as "Men On Film," but there have been others, like "Men on Art," "Men on Vacation," "Men on Football," "Men on Fitness," and "Men on Books" (Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier), abhorrent and Mirror-Cracking Ugly admirer Wanda (Jamie Foxx), mannish bodybuilder Vera DeMilo (Jim Carrey), and the cartoonishly destructive safety officer Fire Marshall Bill Burns (also Jim Carrey).Unfortunately, the edgy comedy of the series eventually brought down the wrath of the network executives upon it, and the Wayans family ended up leaving the series. Season five, while mostly enjoyable because of Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier, Jamie Foxx, and Tommy Davidson, was considered a flop due to the absence of the Wayans siblings (and the sociopolitical satire that came with them, as the censors thought it was Too Hot for TV), and the newer cast membersnote which consisted of Jay Leggett, Reggie McFadden, Carol Rosenthal, Marc Wilmore, and Anne-Marie Johnson. Despite his appearances in some episodes, Chris Rock was never a cast member during In Living Color's final season. He was like Steve Martin on SNL in that he appeared a lot as a guest star they hired not connecting with audiences. The show ultimately was cancelled after five seasons, freeing the show's breakout stars to go on to varying degrees of success in film, TV, and stand-up comedy.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_1'); })It was scheduled to be revived with a new cast in 2012, but, due to negative reception from focus groups and executives over the new pilot, the project has been shelved. It's been speculated that the pilot will one day be redone and the show will air again, but, from all outward appearances, it looks as if it will never happen.The show has been on and off television in reruns. It's aired in reruns on FX, BET, Centric, and currently on FXX, where it airs anywhere between one in the morning to 9:00 am, often as a one-hour block or a mini-marathon. All five seasons are out on DVD as well, but beware: most episodes are edited to remove any and all traces of licensed songs, such as characters Waxing Lyrical, characters singing the actual song, popular 1990s songs playing during the Fly Girls interstitials, and the music video parodies. If you want to see the show as it was back in the 1990s, your best bets are the FXX reruns or YouTubenote if you happen upon an uncut version, as most of them are the edited DVD cuts.Not to be confused with the funk-metal band Living Colour or a BBC radio comedy sketch show of a similar name.
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Theme Tune Rap: By Heavy D (who also did the theme to MADtv).
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Hilarity Ensues
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Your Mom
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Yo Mama: The recurring game show sketch The Dirty Dozens, where contestants use "Yo Mama" jokes against each other for cash and prizes.
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Losing a Shoe in the Struggle
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Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: In the first Wanda skit that had her on The Dating Game, her date ends up losing both of his shoes when he freaked out and jumped into the host's arms upon first viewing her.
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The Cameo
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The Cameo: In-universe (or in-sketch, as the case may be), Magenta Thompson makes an appearance during the "Super Fly" sketch. As usual, Super Fly tells her "Get out of my way, bitch!"
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Those Two Guys
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Those Two Guys: A ton: Clavell & Howard Tibbs III of Funky Finger Productions, The Brothers Brothers, Reverends Ed Cash & Dr. Carl Pathos and Whiz & Ice from the Homeboyz Shopping Network.
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Mirror-Cracking Ugly
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Mirror-Cracking Ugly: Ugly Wanda used this to her advantage in a skit where Dracula was trying to escape her clutches — noticing there's a mirror in her bedroom, he claims he hates them, so she goes up to it and says "Mirror, mirror, on the wall..." and it breaks. A music video parody of Shabba Ranks' "Mr. Lover Man", titled "Mr. Ugly Man", had Shabba looking into a mirror, which of course, had cracked.
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Breaking the Fourth Wall
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Breaking the Fourth Wall: A necessity for the "Miss Benita" sketches, as the viewer is usually treated as a neighborhood resident Miss Benita is acquainted with. The exceptions to this rule were the court room & high school reunion sketches, which required actual characters for Benita to play off (though she still occasionally broke the fourth wall in the latter sketch). Fire Marshall Bill, Anton Jackson and Homey D. Clown also regularly broke the fourth wall in their sketches.
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Nepotism
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Nepotism: Most of the producers/actors were related to one another as the show was, essentially, a family business. It's very telling that most of the show's breakout stars were the ones who had no blood connection to the Wayans in any way, shape, or form (Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez, and Tommy Davidson).
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Funny Background Event
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Funny Background Event: The "Background Guy" skits with Carrey were based around this.
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Promotion to Opening Titles
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Promotion to Opening Titles: Marc Wilmore, a writer for the show who appeared in a number of sketches, became a cast member in the fifth and final season.
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Halloween Episode
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Jim Carrey: Originally auditioned to be a cast member for the 1980-1981 season and the 1985-1986 season (those, along with the 1994-1995 season, are considered SNL at its worst). Despite this, Carrey has hosted SNL three times: in 1996 (the last episode of season 21 [1995-1996 season]) and in 2011 (season 36 [2010-2011 season]; the first new episode of 2011), and on October 25, 2014 (the Halloween Episode of season 40 [2014-2015]).
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Stage Mom
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Stage Mom: Li'l Magic's mother played by David Alan Grier.
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Amazonian Beauty
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Amazonian Beauty: Spoofed with Grace Jones played by Kim Wayans.
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Bland-Name Product
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Bland-Name Product: Sketches would use the actual names of companies being parodied, but the spelling would be slightly off (for example, "The Exxxon Family").
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Ax-Crazy
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Ax-Crazy: Fire Marshall Bill who's possibly a pyromanic.
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Misplaced Retribution
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Misplaced Retribution: Mr. McAfee will often blame someone for violating the rules who is completely innocent, while those who actually were breaking the rules will be ignored.
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Distaff Counterpart: Kelly Coffield played Samantha Kinison in some early sketches. Culminated in one of the most hilarious sketches ever when Sam himself joined in to play the other half of a very dysfunctional couple. Coffield also played "Andrea 'Dice' Clay", a female version of Andrew "Dice" Clay.
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Even Evil Has Standards
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Even Evil Has Standards: Discussed in one of Benita Buttrell's skits with her saying that a group of neighborhood children are so bad that even Chucky wouldn't play with them.
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Scatterbrained Senior: Don Cornelius is portrayed as one in the "Old Train" skit, even at one point calling himself Don Corleone.
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Dean Bitterman
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Dean Bitterman: Al McAfee, whose only purpose as school principal is to harass the students for doing innocuous things that he believes to be dangerous or disorderly (as well as sexually harass a fellow teacher he has a crush on) or to ignore or just be completely oblivious to anyone who really is doing something wrong or sneaky.
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"Risky Business" Dance: A Black Comedy version, where the Menendez brothers do the dance while wielding rifles.
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Something Completely Different
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Something Completely Different: Occasionally, there will be a something different for the show, like as a Clip Show or even a different mode of the opening with the Fly Girls, such as one memorable segment where Heavy D appeared with the women and rapped the opening credits or where the three women stars took the place of dancing in the opening due to tying-up the Fly Girls.
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Malaproper: Wanda the Ugly Woman. For example, during the Season 5 premiere when she's about to give birth, she says "Look, doctor, this pain is too much. I think you're gonna have to do one of them Caesar salad sectionsnote caesarean section on me." Deronda and Pookie are another example.
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Going Postal
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The one-shot season five sketch "The Scary Larry Show" is hosted by a former Vietnam vet who now works as a mailman and still has flashbacks of the war, which he spins as trips to Imagination Land.
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Incredibly Long Note
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Incredibly Long Note: One of the contestants on the "Miss Black Person USA" held a ten-second note while singing a song for her talent portion (and won).
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Screams Like a Little Girl
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Screams Like a Little Girl: Snow screams like one at the end of the "Imposter" video after he's confronted by the Rastafarians he stole the technique of his rap-reggae from.
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make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist Mad Libs Catch Phrase
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Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Blaine and Antoine from the "Men on.." skits had several, where they would always end their program with "Two snaps and..." or a specific type of snap (i.e., Men on Videotapes had "Two snaps and a rewind" and Men on Football had "Two snaps and yo' back's in motion" while both of them shake their asses at the camera on two different ways while Men on Vacation got a special "Around the world and back snap".)
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Getting Crap Past the Radar
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Getting Crap Past the Radar: Constantly. At the time, a number of pundits viewed the show as a dangerous menace to society, and decades later, a lot of the sketches (the ones that aren't dated due to the march of time) are still shocking. Though there were two blatant examples that were cut from sketches: In a Homey D. Clown sketch where he's acting as a substitute teacher, Homey's alphabet cards are out of order, and the children proceed to mock him for it. Damon Wayans, ad-libbing, proceeds to say something that gets bleeped immediately, and is told point-blank by the directors and producers that it wasn't gonna fly on TV. In one of the early "Ugly Wanda" sketches, the titular character is chasing her horrified love interest (Tommy Davison) around a massage parlor. At one point, Jamie Foxx (Wanda) grabs hold of the back of Davidson's underwear, and accidentally pulls them down too far, giving the studio audience full view of Davidson's family jewels. The Thighmaster skit with Kelly Coffield portraying Suzanne Somers ends with her husband coming home with a squashed-in head. Use your imagination to comprehend how exactly that slipped by the censors. Even better, there's a clip on YouTube where Somers is actually lampshading this notion several years after the fact. Much of the dialogue of the "Men on..." skits fell victim to this, to the point where some of it only aired once and the majority of it hasn't been seen since. Examples include the infamous "drop the soap" line and "I never got to see the dick!", both featured in the same "Men on Films" skit, the comments implying that both football legend Joe Namath and Olympic sprinter Carl Lewis were homosexuals from "Men on Football" and the implied "ejaculation" scene from "Men on Exercise".note though the latter scene has been seen in syndicated airings However, some examples that made it by successfully are the "Two snaps and wipe your mouth" from "Men on Cooking" and Blaine telling Antoine, "Don't swallow" when giving him his water bottle during a fight movie they did and he replying, "I never do."
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Check, Please!
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Check, Please!: A businessman says it after his blind date Grace Jones cut an alligator's tail off.
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Early Installment Weirdness
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Early Installment Weirdness: In the first Fire Marshall Bill sketch (the fire safety in school sketch), Fire Marshall Bill had hairnote though this is justified as all of those explosions and fires have burned off his hair and hair does not grow back once it's been set on fire down to the skin and his demonstrations weren't that destructive (read: he often appeared in one piece after the building he's in explodes). The earlier episodes of In Living Color did not have Jennifer Lopez as one of the Fly Girls (she didn't come in until season three).
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Delusions of Eloquence
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Delusions of Eloquence: Oswald Bates, an inmate who delivers self-educated political ramblings. The humor is based on his misuse of vocabulary words, and anatomical terms in particular.
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Granola Girl
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Granola Girl: A male example with Jim Carrey's Environmental Activist who is an over-the-top spoof of Political Correctness Gone Mad finding "PC violations" in virtually anything, ruining casual events like art galas and kid's birthdays.
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Corrupt Church
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Corrupt Church: The 595 Club with televangelists Reverend Ed Cash (Damon Wayans) and the Reverend Dr. Carl Pathos (Jim Carrey).
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Enemy Mine
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Enemy Mine: A Season Five skit has Rush Limbaugh and Reverend Al Sharpton (played by Jay Leggett and David Alan Grier respectively) team up with each other, despite their opposing worldviews, in a tag-team wrestling match against Howard Stern and Robin Quivers (played by Jim Carrey and T'Keyah "Crystal" Keymah respectively), who offend both men deeply.
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Doorstop Baby
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Doorstop Baby: The "Three Champs and a Baby" skit.
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Suddenly SHOUTING!
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Suddenly SHOUTING!: "LEMME SHOW YA SOMETHIN'".
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Losing Your Head
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Losing Your Head: The Head Detective, and Fire Marshall Bill at the end of most of his sketches (including the last one, where his head is crushed as part of Gallagher's watermelon smashing act).
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Freeze-Frame Bonus
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Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the skit featuring the wall of women that basketball great Wilt Chamberlain slept with, some names featured on the wall include comedienne/actress Ruth Buzzi (whose surname is misspelled with a "y"), Drew Barrymore and 1940s singing group The Andrew Sisters.
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Where Da White Women At?
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Where Da White Women At?: The tribal men in the "New Republic of Naganawanaland" skit are eager to have their way with appointed ambassador Margaret Linsford Hall. Thanks to her interpreter Mr. Mobutu teaching her a phrase to close her speech with.
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Meaningful Name
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Meaningful Name: Fire Marshall Bill Burns. Both of the Brothers Brothers (who are black Uncle Toms) are named Tom Brothers. Greedy televangelist Reverend Ed Cash.
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Soap Box Sadie
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Soap Box Sadie: A male example with Jim Carrey's Environmental Activist who is an over-the-top spoof of Political Correctness Gone Mad finding "PC violations" in virtually anything, ruining casual events like art galas and kid's birthdays.
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Comical Overreacting
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Comical Overreacting: Mr. Hedley of the "Hey Mon" skits will often resort to this if he learns that someone has only one job (no matter how well it pays) or is unemployed.
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make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist Typecasting
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Typecasting: invoked One character named Magenta Thompson was an actress who always had roles where she is always pushed aside and told by the pusher to "get out of my way, bitch!" This happens even when she is a playing a coma patient, or a potential victim in the latest Friday the 13th film.
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Token White
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Token White: Jim Carrey (the most popular of the five), Kelly Coffield, Alexandra Wentworth, Carol Rosenthal, and Jay Leggett. Also, a couple of the Fly Girls.
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Camp Gay
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Damon Wayans: Was a feature player for SNL during its 11th season (1985-1986); got fired after playing a cop character as a Camp Gay (the voice of which he would use later for his Men on... character) in retaliation for Lorne Michaels and the writers not giving him any decent roles in sketches. Despite this, Wayans came back to do stand-up on the last episode of Season 11 (which was slated to be the last episode of the entire seriesinvoked because of how bad it was) and hosted an episode in another season that was plagued with Seasonal Rot: Season 20 (1994-1995 season). The episode Wayans hosted brought back two of his recurring In Living Color characters (Anton Jackson the homeless wino and Blaine Edwards from Men on...; David Alan Grier also appeared as Antoine Merriweather from the same sketch).
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Token Minority
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Token Minority: Steve Park in Season 3 was the show's only Asian cast member.
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Phrase Catcher
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Phrase Catcher: Magenta Thompson's film roles are all bit parts where characters tell her, "Get out of my way, bitch!".
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A Wild Rapper Appears!
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A Wild Rapper Appears!: Tommy Davidson plays one named Shawn in Snow's "Imposter" (and is quite angry over how he got famous for stealing from Rastafarians and says he's only there "to increase his credibility"). Jamie Foxx portrays one in the spoof of Bobby Brown's "Humpin' Around" featuring Bill Clinton.
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Boomerang Bigot
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Boomerang Bigots: The Brothers Brothers (Keenen Ivory and Damon Wayans) who are essentially bigoted white men in the bodies of black men.
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In the "Wrath of Farrakhan" skit, Farrakhan defiantly proclaims that his people have survived "four hundred years of slavery, two hundred years of apartheid, and twenty-five years of The Jeffersons in syndication".
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World of Ham
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World of Ham: This is very much the spirit of the series and it's performers, which is justified considering the environment they're in. Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier and Tommy Davidson were most likely to engage in this to the point of becoming Ham-to-Ham Combat.
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Bait-and-Switch
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Bait-and-Switch: "King: The Early Years" begins as if its a story about Martin Luther King, Jr., showing a white kid and a black kid getting into an argument at school. Instead, it turns out the King in question is Don King, who organizes a fight between the two kids and gets paid by the other kids to watch it.
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Abhorrent Admirer
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Abhorrent Admirer: Jamie Foxx's Ugly Wanda. Her Spear Counterpart, Luther (Marlon Wayans), is this to her in one episode.
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Cross-Cast Role
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Crosscast Role: Besides Foxx as Ugly Wanda, one of Jim Carrey's recurring characters was steroid-abusing female bodybuilder Vera DeMilo. David Alan Grier played Li'l Magic's Stage Mom.
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Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight
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Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: Homey D. Clown.
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Variety Show
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Variety Show
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Where No Parody Has Gone Before
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Where No Parody Has Gone Before: Jim Carrey plays Captain Kirk in two Star Trek parody sketches. "The Wrath of [Louis] Farrakhan" has them come up against the leader of the Nation of Islam, and the other skit has a now-geriatric Kirk and company trying to recapture old glories before the attendants from their nursing home catch up with them.
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Handicapped Badass
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Handicapped Badass: Handi-Man.
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Real Life
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A Real Life example — Pee-Wee Herman actor/creator Paul Reubens's porno theater arrest in 1991 — was the basis for a sketch in which Pee-Wee (Carrey) sells a new Pee-Wee Herman doll modeled after Reubens's mugshot.
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My Card
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My Card: Clavell and Howard Tibbs III of Funky Finger Productions use this to get attention — the former is always "fresh out" of cards for their confused potential investor, and then the latter whips out one with a "BAM!"
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The Loins Sleep Tonight
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The Loins Sleep Tonight: A commercial for something called the "Ejector Bed" had a woman eject her lover from their bed after he disappoints her sexually.
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Catchphrase
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Catchphrase: "Homey don't play that" (Homey D. Clown), "LEMME SHOW YA SOMETHIN'!" (Fire Marshall Bill), among many, many others. Calhoun Tubbs always punctuates his songs with "Aaahhhhh haaaaaaaa!" (Take any topic)..."wrote a song 'bout it. Like to hear it?. Here it goes." Inverted with Magenta Thompson (Kelly Coffield) who's film repertoire is only 2-second bit parts with someone saying "Get out of my way, bitch!" to her rather than said by her. "...Hated it", the gay critics from Men on... whenever something featured women. ''"Mo' Money, Mo' Money MO' MONEY!" — Homeboyz Shopping Network
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Film Noir
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Film Noir: Spoofed in segments with Kelly Coffield as Velma Mulholland, a stereotypical Femme Fatale who is somehow Deliberately Monochrome while dealing with the full-color real world of The '90s...much to the confusion of those around her.
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The Mockbuster
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The Mockbuster: Funky Finger Productions looks for backers for productions of this ilk. Stank Ho was their answer to Pretty Woman, and they had test footage for a fourth Penitentiary movie on hand in another skit. Many have an X Meets Y twist: The Wiz meets Flatliners, for instance.
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Rearrange the Song
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Rearrange the Song/Replaced the Theme Tune: The show's original theme was replaced in Season 3, but returned in a remixed version in Season 5.
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Epic Fail
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Epic Fail: Magenta Thompson was rejected by a commercial for dog food (where her only "appearance" was her hand in the shot stirring the food) because it looked too bitter.
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Take That!
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Take That!: The show made fun of everything under the sun. Its main target was NBC's Saturday Night Live for underusing its African-American cast members at the time (such as Tim Meadowsnote though Tim Meadows would go on to be one of the most memorable cast members from 1995 to 2000 and Chris Rocknote who left SNL because of how underused he was and went on to do some In Living Color guest spots).
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The Man
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The Man: Homey's mortal enemy. In one sketch, he purposely sold out to the Man by starring in cereal commercials where little kids humiliate him just so he can infiltrate high society and bop the Man in the head.
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Gossipy Hens
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Gossipy Hens: Kim Wayans' Benita is one. See Hypocritical Humor below.
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Hypocritical Humor
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Hypocritical Humor: Miss Benita "ain't one to gossip", but... Just don't say nothin' bad about Ms. Jenkins near her (though that doesn't stop her from gossiping about her either).
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Aerith and Bob
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Aerith and Bob: In the "Old Train" skit, the two participants in the word scramble are named Methuselah and Jane Pittman.
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It Makes Sense in Context
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In one of the early "Ugly Wanda" sketches, the titular character is chasing her horrified love interest (Tommy Davison) around a massage parlor. At one point, Jamie Foxx (Wanda) grabs hold of the back of Davidson's underwear, and accidentally pulls them down too far, giving the studio audience full view of Davidson's family jewels.
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Alliterative Name
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Alliterative Name: Wanda Wayne.
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Pitbull Dates Puppy
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Pitbull Dates Puppy: The second edition of Love Connection had Andrea Dice Clay (played by Kelly Coffield) go on a date with Patrick Swayze (portrayed by Jim Carrey) and the latter being a sensitive guy who was increasingly uneasy by the former's crass language and behavior. Anyone who ended up with Kim Wayans' Grace Jonesnote which portrayed her as an exaggeration of the tough Action Girl roles she played in Conan the Destroyer and A View to a Kill (especially Harvey) ended up as the puppy to her pitbull.
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Hobos
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Hobos: Anton Jackson
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Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?
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Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?/Straight Gay: Parodied with Jim Carrey's Overly Confident Gay Man who constantly reminds everybody around him he's gay in one way or another.
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Suddenly Voiced
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Suddenly Voiced: Jason Voorhees, as explained in Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth below.
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Insane Proprietor
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Insane Proprietor: And how, in the Crazy Tom's Electronics sketch. This guy trades off a brand new top of the line VCRinvoked for an empty glass liquor bottle. After introducing the staff, he then recalls a regular dialogue he shares with customers:
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Cheerful Child
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Cheerful Child: Would-be child star Li'l Magic, whose biggest claim to fame is being "Miss Smile Bright 1987! See?"
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Sketch Comedy
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Sketch Comedy
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Race Lift
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Race Lift: Most of the sketches that posed the question, "What if [X celebrity] was black?" Also, there was "All Up in the Family" and "East Hollywood Squares" from the final season. I Love Lucy becomes I Love Laquita. This was the whole point of Ted Turner's Really Colorized Classics, which put famous black performers (and their shticks) in place of white ones in old films. Redd Foxx substitutes for Charlie Chaplin in The Kid, and Billy Dee Williams gets Humphrey Bogart's role in Casablanca.
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Spin-Off
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Spin-Off: "All Up in the Family" (a take-off on All in the Family, where the Bunkers are black) was spun off from an installment of the "What if [X celebrity] was black?" series of sketches.
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Action Girl: Vera De Milo and Kim Wayans as Grace Jones are two examples in the show. The former can do things like easily rip telephone books in half and use washers and dryers as weights (due to abusing steroids) and the latter has said that she likes to "chew glass, ride sharks and bite the heads off of gummy bears."
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Who's Your Daddy?: In "Three Champs and a Baby", the baby belonged to a woman named Judy, whom they made at a New Year's party (and each slept with her at different times). So they decided to take turns raising the baby.
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Uncle Tomfoolery: Black Like Me with Tom and Tom which pits the two titular black Brothers Brothers parodies usually against an Angry Black Man.
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Bag of Holding: Wanda was implied to carry one of these, considering her ability to produce almost any item someone might ask for at any given time from her purse- up to and including cans of gasoline.
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Expy: Jim Carrey's character in the "Foundation for Golf Heritage" sketch is basically an impression of Strother Martin's character in Cool Hand Luke (even using his famous "...failure to communicate" line from the film).
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Gonk: "Ugly Wanda" Wayne (Jamie Foxx).
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Depraved Kids' Show Host/Subverted Kids Show: Several examples, all involving hosts who don't even try to pretend they don't have tons of personal issues. Homey D. Clown (Damon Wayans) rants about how the white man keeps him down while ostensibly performing as a hired entertainer for kids (which he has to do as part of his parole). Candy Cane (Alexandra Wentworth) is a Yandere who tries to hook up with the Barney the dinosaur expy because she wants to have kids before her biological clock runs out, but is constantly dumped and threatened to be arrested for her stalkerish ways. The one-shot season five sketch "The Scary Larry Show" is hosted by a former Vietnam vet who now works as a mailman and still has flashbacks of the war, which he spins as trips to Imagination Land. A Real Life example — Pee-Wee Herman actor/creator Paul Reubens's porno theater arrest in 1991 — was the basis for a sketch in which Pee-Wee (Carrey) sells a new Pee-Wee Herman doll modeled after Reubens's mugshot. One skit subverts the concept: Mister Rogers (Carrey) goes to a store and hits on female customers before holding up the place, getting away with it because a policeman can't believe he's capable of such a thing, and then picking up a hooker with the money. The subversion is that he isn't the real Mister Rogers, but an excellent impersonator who gets away with being a pervert and an asshole to everyone because no one would suspect Mister Rogers of being this way.
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Lady Looks Like a Dude: To the waiter (played by Jim Carrey) in the skit where a businessman is on a blind date with Grace Jones.
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Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: During her role in one of the Friday the 13th films, Magenta Thompson was apparently so uninteresting that not even Jason wished to kill her, saying "Outta my way, bitch!" while he went and savagely murdered another woman.
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Clingy Jealous Girl: Candy Cane towards Jurassic Benny.
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Pretty Fly for a White Guy: "Impostor", Jim Carrey's parody of "Informer" by Snow. Also Jim Carrey's Vanilla Ice parody, "White, White Baby".
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Crossover: Some of In Living Color's cast members have hosted Saturday Night Live (or have some connection to it): Jim Carrey: Originally auditioned to be a cast member for the 1980-1981 season and the 1985-1986 season (those, along with the 1994-1995 season, are considered SNL at its worst). Despite this, Carrey has hosted SNL three times: in 1996 (the last episode of season 21 [1995-1996 season]) and in 2011 (season 36 [2010-2011 season]; the first new episode of 2011), and on October 25, 2014 (the Halloween Episode of season 40 [2014-2015]). David Alan Grier: Hosted SNL in the 1995-1996 season [season 21] (this episode became famous for a sketch called "Wake Up and Smile," about morning show hosts who turn savage after their teleprompter breaks and find themselves incapable of ad-libbing) and in its 1996-1997 season [season 22]. Jamie Foxx: Foxx hosted a season 25 (1999-2000) episode (the first new episode of the 21st century) and hosted again 12 years later on December 8, 2012. Jennifer Lopez: Hosted a season 26 episode (2000-2001) and a season 35 episode (2009-2010). Is the only Hispanic celebrity to be a host and musical guest for two separate episodes. The first time she hosted had a sketch in which the In Living Color Fly Girls (all played by SNL cast members) visit her and tell her she lost her roots ever since she became famous. Damon Wayans: Was a feature player for SNL during its 11th season (1985-1986); got fired after playing a cop character as a Camp Gay (the voice of which he would use later for his Men on... character) in retaliation for Lorne Michaels and the writers not giving him any decent roles in sketches. Despite this, Wayans came back to do stand-up on the last episode of Season 11 (which was slated to be the last episode of the entire seriesinvoked because of how bad it was) and hosted an episode in another season that was plagued with Seasonal Rot: Season 20 (1994-1995 season). The episode Wayans hosted brought back two of his recurring In Living Color characters (Anton Jackson the homeless wino and Blaine Edwards from Men on...; David Alan Grier also appeared as Antoine Merriweather from the same sketch).
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Jerkass: Homey D. Clown as a byproduct of "The System".
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Bad "Bad Acting": Li'l Magic.
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Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Averted and parodied with Oswald Bates. See Delusions of Eloquence above.
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Product Placement: In the first "Three Champs and a Baby" skit, thinking the baby has roaches (rashes) Muhammad Ali brings out a can of d-CON spray to endorse onscreen.
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