"I should watch every Wayans Brothers movie in a day or something." It started as simply as that. During a conversation about wanting to do something different for my next column, I threw out that idea. I wasn't really serious, but it didn't matter. Almost immediately, the person I was having the conversation with, my friend Jeff May, a comic you may remember from almost dying in this column once ...
The main reason I avoid 12-step programs is that they'd probably make me apologize for this.
... said that this sounded like a great idea. So much so that he'd even watch them all with me. Get paid to watch movies and see a friend suffer? Sign me up! With that, it was settled: We were going to embark upon a Wayansthon.
But why? That's the question people had after hearing about the plan, but I think "Why not?" is just as valid. As a person who eventually took up comedy as a career, the Wayans family is hugely important. I was 14 when In Living Color first aired. You won't be at all surprised to know that Saturday Night Live was a total fucking train wreck around that time, so if we're talking about the sketch comedy I watched on television growing up, it's the characters and cast members from In Living Color that mattered.
Challenge: See if you can spot Jim Carrey in this picture.