Popular characters: Fire Marshall Bill, Vera de Milo
Current resume: One of the most successful and popular comedians in Hollywood history, Carrey has over ten $100 million plus grossers (including Bruce Almighty, Dumb and Dumber and most recently A Christmas Carol) and has also received critical kudos for his work in dramatic films like The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
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Popular characters: Sweet Tooth Jones, Howard Tibbs III and Club Bouncers
Current resume: After showing his dramatic chops in Spike Lee’s searing satire Bamboozled (2000), this versatile comedian did voice work for The Proud Family and bit parts in Juwanna Mann and Black Dynamite
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Popular characters: Candy Cane, Dysfunctional Home Show
Current resume Best known for lampooning her WASPy looks and background Wentworth stars in the Starz comedy series Head Case. She is also married to Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos.
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DAVID ALAN GRIER
Popular characters: Men on Film, Al MacAfee, Calhoun Tubbs and Loomis Simmons
Current resume: Grier has made numerous film and television appearance since In Living Color came to end. Most recently he’s won rave reviews for his Broadway role in David Mamet’s Race.
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Popular characters: Homey D. Clown, Men on Film, Oswald Bates, Handi Man, Anton Jackson and many more.
Current resume: Arguably the most beloved performer during In Living Color’s run, Wayans parlayed his success on the show to a movie career (The Last Boy Scout, Blankman) and eventually a hit sitcom My Wife and Kids.
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Popular character: “Fly Girl”
Current resume: Before Lopez became the pop star “J-Lo”, she was one of the original “fly girl” dancers which performed in between sketches on In Living Color. Since her dancing days, Lopez has starred in several hit movies (The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan, to name a few) and has consistently scored hits on the pop charts.
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Behind the scenes Little known fact, the pint-sized actress was the original choreographer for In Living Color
Current resume Perez became a breakout star in films like Do the Right Thing (1989) and White Men Can’t Jump (1992). She was nominated for an Oscar for the 1993 drama Fearless. She has also been a longtime activist on behalf of the Puerto Rican community.
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KEENAN IVORY WAYANS
Popular characters: Frenchie, Homeboy Shopping Network, and The Brothers Brothers
Current resume: The brains behind In Living Color and its de facto host, Wayans went on to a successful acting and directing career after the show went off the air. He still holds the record for highest grossing film by a black director (Scary Movie).
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SHAWN AND MARLON WAYANS
Popular characters: Ice Poe, DJ SW-1, and others
Current resume: After pitching in on their brothers’ show Shawn and Marlon Wayans headlined their own hit show for years on the WB (The Wayans Brothers) and have since ventured into films like White Chicks.
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Popular characters: Wanda, Club Bouncers
Current resume: Jamie Foxx broke out in big screen comedies but has also made his mark as a dramatic actor (winning the best actor Academy Award for Ray). With a chart-topping music career and an upcoming starring role in Quentin Tarantino’s new film, the sky’s the limit for Foxx
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The classic 90s sketch comedy show In Living Color is about to make a comeback on Fox. Although the show only ran about four years, it’s edgy, politically incorrect style influenced everything from Chappelle’s Show to South Park.
The hit show will be remembered for the stars it launched as much as it’s sketches. Oscar winners (Jamie Foxx), box office titans (Jim Carrey) and music superstars (Jennifer Lopez) all got their first big breaks on the Keenan Ivory Wayans led show.