For many years, the only television sketch-comedy was the long-running Saturday Night Live. That changed in 1990, when former stand-up and director of the Blaxploitation spoof Im Gonna Git You Sucka, Keenan Ivory Wayans, created In Living Color, a groundbreaking weekly halfhour collection of skits that transformed the face of comedy.
Since then, Keenan as well as his brothers Damon, Marlon and Shawn has moved on to conquer Hollywood with numerous sitcoms and theatrical films. But for the brothers, stand-up stayed in their blood.
I actually have some free time now, and we all wanted to go out together and do a comedy tour, Keenan said.
On Saturday, Keenan and Shawn Wayans bring their act to Oklahoma. While the official tour doesnt begin until 2014, the pair couldnt resist an opportunity to take the show on the road.
Neither Keenan nor Shawn have performed in Oklahoma before, but this is a show that both of them have looked forward to. They promise to be honest, physical and funny for the Sooner audience.
Im always excited to go to a place Ive never performed, Shawn said. Ive been around the world, and its always interesting to see where your stuff goes over well and where it doesnt.
While this is Keenans long-awaited return to stand-up, Shawn, star of hit films such as Dont Be a Menace, South Central and Scary Movie, never left the stage.
I started doing stand-up in my last year of high school, and I never stopped, Shawn said. Its like the gym. It keeps [me] in comedic shape so that I can write my movies or TV shows with confidence.
Keenan, however, said he is in a different place now than his early 80s stand-up, and his set reflects that and creates a different point of view from his younger brothers.
Comedy is all about life experiences, Keenan said. Im divorced, a single dad raising teenagers, trying to date so thats my world right now, he said. Shawn is much more pop-culture. Hes younger, hes in the clubs, into music, a lot of things that Ive sort of moved past. So what youll see is sort of two different generations of comedy.
Keenan expects audiences to be pleasantly surprised by the stand-up he and his brother have prepared.
Most people know us from doing funny TV shows and movies, but this is where we really started, each of us, where we honed our voices. Youre going to get to know the real us.