Damon Wayans on the inspiration behind Homey D. Clown, ‘Men On…’ and more

Damon Wayans was the second major cast member from “In Living Color” to leave the show, after Kim Coles. He departed following the third season to pursue a big screen career, starring in films like “The Last Boy Scout,” “Blankman” and “Major Payne.” But during his time with the show, he left an unmistakable signature that can be felt across a number of colorful characters.

Think of “In Living Color” and you're bound to have the image of an angry, put-upon clown flash through your head (Homey D. Clown), or perhaps a pair of flamboyant critics giving the weekend's latest release “two snaps up” (“Men On…”). These were some of Wayans' trademark sketches, coming at a time when, as he says in our extended feature on the series' 25th anniversary, he was eager for redemption after being fired from “Saturday Night Live.”

Here are the beginnings and inspirations for those sketches and more, in his own words.


On Homey D. Clown

One of the most iconic characters produced by the “In Living Color” laboratory was Homey D. Clown. An ex-con forced to work as a clown as stipulated by his parole agreement, Homey had his share of anger issues and took out his hatred of the system and “the man” on unsuspecting (often times spoiled) brats looking to have a good time at a birthday party or other such gathering.

“Oh Homey's always gonna be funny. Homey would be great now. There's just so much stuff that's not being dealt with in terms of black voices, because it was his subconscious voice. I used to do a character in my act, The Angry Black Comic. I actually did it on 'Saturday Night Live.' His thing was, 'Good evening, white people. On my way down here tonight I killed three white people. Oh, you ain't laughing? Then you would have been dying,' you know?