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Keenen Ivory Wayans left the show in the middle of the fourth season over disputes with Fox about censoring the show's content and rerunning early episodes without his consultation. At the end of the season, Kim Wayans, Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans followed their brother in leaving the show. Damon Wayans had already left the show at the end of the third season to pursue his film career.
Ugly Wanda, played by Jamie Foxx, was based on a character LaWanda Page played in a sketch on Redd Foxx (1977). The first sketch to feature Wanda, in which she gives an erotic massage to a man who hasn't seen her face, is a remake of the original sketch. The character was named after Page. Jamie took his stage name as a tribute to Redd Foxx.
John Leguizamo was asked to join the cast but he turned it down.
The pilot episode began with a skit entitled "Love Connection", starring Keenen Ivory Wayans as 'Mike Tyson', Jim Carrey as 'Chuck Woolery', and Kim Coles as 'Robin Givens'.
The dance troupe on this show was called The Fly Girls. In the third season, a new dancer, Jennifer Lopez, was cast as one of the Fly Girls.
According to Paul Mooney, he loosely based The Brothers Brothers on The Smothers Brothers, but he primarily based them on the comedy team of Tim & Tom (Tim Reid & Tom Dreesen).
Actor Shawn Wayans first appeared as the show's music DJ "SW1", but later gave those reigns to DJ Twist to focus more on his acting.
According to an Oscar profile in Entertainment Weekly, Thomas Haden Church auditioned for a spot on the show, but was edged out by Jim Carrey.
For the first few episodes, an exotic-looking logo was used for the opening credits. After the band Living Colour claimed the show stole the logo from them and threatened to sue, the logo was changed to one with rather plain-type letters.
The controversial dialogue during the "Men on Football" sketch in the live Superbowl Half-Time Party special was mostly ad-libbed.
Jada Pinkett Smith was considered for the position of the Fly Girl choreographer.
Damon Wayans's character Homey the Clown was based on writer Paul Mooney. Mooney is a comedian known for his angry rants and frequently uses the word "homey".
Homey D. Clown's real name is Herman Simpson
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Homey D. Clown's line "Homey don't play that!" was ranked #20 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 20 Top Catchphrases" (21-27 August 2005 issue).
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