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25 years later: How 'In Living Color' broke sketch comedy's race barrier

14 April 2015 9:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In the summer of 1989, while Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" was sounding a thunderclap in cinemas, a troupe of largely black actors and comedians came together on a Fox sound stage in Century City to produce a sketch comedy show aimed at servicing a minority point of view that had been underrepresented by the medium. With producer Keenen Ivory Wayans at the helm, fresh off the success of his 1988 Blaxploitation parody film "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," eight individuals — a then-unknown Jim Carrey along with Kelly Coffield, Kim Coles, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier, T'Keyah "Crystal" Keymáh and Wayans' siblings Damon and Kim — filmed the first episodes of "In Living Color." The show debuted on April 15, 1990, and 25 years later, Damon Wayans can't help but remember first and foremost that he had hair back then. "I remember the pain of getting fired from 'Saturday Night Live' and feeling that I needed redemption, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Kelly Coffield, T'Keyah 'Crystal' Keymáh and Kim Wayans on drawing from experience

14 April 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As Kim Wayans says in our extended feature on the 25th anniversary of "In Living Color," her brother Keenen was always encouraging on-screen talent to draw on real-life circumstances and relationships to inject truth into their work. That was, as Damon Wayans explains, the big difference between "Saturday Night Live," a writer-driven show, and "In Living Color," a character-driven show where actors were eventually encouraged to pitch characters and concepts and work them out with the writers. It's no surprise, then, that some of these characters would have personal connections with the performers. As you can see in anecdotes from Kelly Coffield, T'Keyah "Crystal" Keymáh and Kim Wayans, quite a few of them in fact came from other corners of their lives, be it someone they knew or something that would just organically spring to life in the day-to-day camaraderie of the show. Learn more about the inspirations behind classic characters like Benita Butrell, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Exclusive: Max Greenfield Gets Awkward-Sexy With Sally Field in SXSW Film 'Hello, My Name is Doris'

10 March 2015 8:10 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Max Greenfield and Sally Field make a hilarious couple in Hello, My Name is Doris.

The film is set to debut later this month at the SXSW Film Festival, but ETonline has snagged an exclusive sneak peek! In the clip above, John (Greenfield) gets awkward-sexy with the titular Doris (Field).

Flashback! 'Steel Magnolias' Turns 25

Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer, They Came Together) co-wrote and directed the dramedy, which features an impressive ensemble of small screen stars. Among them: Beth Behrs, Natasha Lyonne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Peter Gallagher, Tyne Daly and Saturday Night Live's Kyle Mooney.

Hello, My Name is Doris follows Field's character as she seeks out a new purpose in life following the death of her mother. She develops a serious crush on her 30-years-younger co-worker John and suddenly finds herself immersed in the New York City hipster scene. Bleachers frontman and fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff also makes his acting debut as a rocker »

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Prepare to Lol Hard at These Damon Wayans Jr. Tweets

2 March 2015 3:45 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Damon Wayans Jr. may come from one of the funniest families in show business, but with his roles on New Girl and Happy Endings (Rip), he's been cracking us up hard all on his own. When Damon isn't making us Lol on screen, he brings his hilarious musings to Twitter; on any given day, you can find Damon getting candid about dating, pop culture, and not being a morning person. Keep reading for 21 tweets from Damon that will have you laughing your ass off. You know you're not a morning person when you think people are saying "good morning" to you just to piss you off. — Damon Wayans Yunior? (@wayansjr) February 24, 2015 "I'm gonna put this wig on, I'm gonna go outside, and it's gonna work." - old lady wearing a wig that doesn't work — Damon Wayans Yunior? (@wayansjr) February 22, 2015 You ever be getting yelled at by your mom and think »

- Brittney-Stephens

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Damon Wayans -- Grounded by Diabetes ... Tour Dates Cancelled

23 February 2015 1:50 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Damon Wayans is postponing multiple tour stops after suffering a medical emergency related to his diabetes ... TMZ has learned. The comedian was supposed to perform Saturday in Missouri, but sources close to Wayans tell us he's unable to fly right now because of his ongoing battle with Type 2 diabetes. He was diagnosed back in 2013.  The Kansas City Improv Theater says it got word Tuesday Damon wouldn't be able to perform -- and our sources say »

- TMZ Staff

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Damon Wayans Jr To Leave New Girl

5 February 2015 1:25 PM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Damon Wayans Jr is sadly leaving behind the days of New Girl. He will not return for a possible fifth season, but will currently wrap up the 4th one. He has had an off and on role as Coach, until last season when he became a regular guest star. This has been the first full season where he was a regular cast member, but was only signed on for 1 season. Here is what the funny man, Damon had to say.

I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to come back to New Girl in Season 3 to reprise the role of Coach, Working with this incredibly talented and funny cast and crew has been one of the best experiences of my career

We will miss him, as he did add a whole lot to the show. However, we are sure that Damon will find another show to bring a lot of humor to. »

- Sarah Peel

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‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Recap: Two Athletes Get Bounced

12 January 2015 8:40 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Monday’s episode, titled “A Family Affair” and don’t want to be spoiled.)

The third installment of back-to-back episodes on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” sent two athletic contestants packing.

Continuing the 14th overall season of the series — and 7th under the “Celebrity” banner — the men and women were tasked with creating a four-page health/fitness spread for Cosmopolitan magazine. Judges graded the teams on originality, creativity and overall presentation.

See video: Donald Trump Justifies ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Firings on ‘Late Show’

“Assigning this particular crew to do an »

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