‘In Living Color’ Sketches Everyone Should Know

04.14.15 4 years ago 27 Comments
In Living Color made its debut on Fox 25 years ago. The show was both revolutionary and hilarious. As the first network sketch program with a predominantly black cast, the show introduced us to talents like Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier, and Jim Carrey. Let’s look back at some of the most memorable sketches that made this a must-see program in the early ’90s.

Men On Film

I’ll be honest, I have my doubts about whether this sketch would fly today. I could easily see the flamboyantly gay film critics portrayed by Wayans and Grier being derided as “problematic” by the world of internet thinkpieces. While this wasn’t the most PC sketch, it was really, really funny. Anyone who claims they’ve never yelled “HAY-TED IT!” after seeing a bad movie is lying.

Ugly Wanda

Before Jamie Foxx’s was winning Oscars and providing us with slickly produced R&B, he was best known as Ugly Wanda, a woman so hideous that most men recoil at the site of her. In this particular sketch, Wanda goes on a blind date with Luther, a man equally hideous. Unfortunately, both are in denial about their looks and reluctant to date the other.

Homey The Clown

If you thought Krusty was rough on kids, you’re in for a shock. This character was known for the immortal line, “Homey don’t play that,” which became one of the most repeated catchphrases of the ’90s. He was an angry clown who taught children hard lessons about life. In this sketch, he works as a substitute teacher for a kindergarten class and teaches the kids how the man fingerpaints. Naturally, he does this by making a student give her fingerprints. “That’s not very pretty,” she says, to which Homey replies, “You’re damn right it ain’t.” Another tough lesson learned.

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