Keenen Ivory Wayans on the start of In Living Color

The Interviews: An Oral History of Television

The Interviews: An Oral History of Television

Performer/producer/show creator Keenen Ivory Wayans tells the story behind the origins of his groundbreaking sketch comedy series In Living Color, including the fact that just before airing, the network got nervous about the edgy nature of the content:

"Peter Chernin, who was head of [Fox], sat me down and he said, 'We're really nervous about airing this...undoubtedly it is great and funny... but I'd like to air a tamer version and then when we build an audience, we can push the boundaries.' And I said, 'I don’t want to do that. I want to kick the door in, guns blazing. If they like it, they like it. If they don’t, I'm good with that. But I don’t want to trick the audience. I want them to know what we're doing.' ... And they aired it. And the rest is history."

Watch Keenen Ivory Wayans' full interview for stories from his career, including his debut on The Tonight Show, In Living Color, and much more.

TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews

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