Ross, Jackson, Kardashian, Smith – certain last names that you hear instantly remind you of the enormous effect that some celebrity families have had on pop culture. The tribe that is the Wayans, is no different. The youngest of ten siblings, Marlon Wayans, and his family have left their footprint on American show business for generations to come.
Born and raised in New York City, Marlon Wayans came from humble beginnings. The actor, writer, and comedian discovered his creative talents at the legendary, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. With notable alumni including Jennifer Aniston, Robert De Niro, and Tichina Arnold, Marlon joined a long list of successful attendees at one of America’s best public art schools. Keenan Ivory Wayans gave his little brother his first role at age 16, as a pedestrian in his film, “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.” The blaxploitation film would create the perfect blueprint for every Wayans film to come – small budget, satire laced comedies. Marlon would become a standout member of the Wayans clan with his role on the WB sitcom, “The Wayans Bros.” The series, which he co-starred in with his brother Shawn Wayans, chronicled their lives as brothers who owned a newsstand across from their dad’s dinner in New York City. The show’s cancellation four years later, led Marlon to write his first and one of his most memorable movies to date, “Scary Movie.” The film earned $157 million at the box office with a $19 million-dollar budget. Directed by big brother, Keenan Ivory Wayans, the film was the highest-grossing film ever directed by an African-American at that time. Marlon Wayans was officially a movie star.
With 23 films, 24 writer credits and 20 producer titles under his belt, Marlon Wayans has found a special home Netflix. After starring in his first stand-up comedy special in February, the media-service provider welcomed the second season of his sitcom, “Marlon,” to its lineup.
Marlon stopped by “Bernie & Sid in the Morning,” to talk about the second season of his series and his comedy tour which stops at Nyack Levity Live in West Nyack, NY this weekend.