Keenen Ivory Wayans

Keenen Ivory Wayans

Highest Rated: 88% Hollywood Shuffle (1982)

Lowest Rated: 0% A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)

Birthday: Jun 8, 1958

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

The second-oldest child of the Wayans Brothers comic dynasty (brother of Damon, Marlon, Shawn, Kim, and Dwayne Wayans), "renaissance" man Keenen Ivory Wayans retains the highest profile among his siblings as a director and entrepreneur, and claims a brief but spectacular career, which qualifies him as a bona fide role model to young African-Americans interested in carving like paths in comedy or entertainment. A graduate of the Tuskegee Institute, Wayans entered the comic arena in the mid-'80s by stepping up to the mike and honing his stand-up act, but he later branched out into movies, by scripting the low-budget black satire Hollywood Shuffle (1987) and the aptly-titled comedy vehicle Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987), both for director pal Robert Townsend. Wayans broke through to a larger audience with I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988), a rollicking parody of 1970s blaxploitation flicks which he directed, produced, and starred in -- as Jack Spade, a black war vet who heads home to the ghetto, only to discover that his brother Junebug died from an "OG" (or overdose of gold chains). For credibility and weight, Wayans intuitively cast blaxploitation vets Isaac Hayes, Bernie Casey, and Jim Brown in leading roles; the film also features Chris Rock's debut. In 1988, Wayans created, produced, and starred in the Fox network's iconoclastic, influential, cutting-edge comedy-variety series In Living Color, which not only made "Wayans" a household name (synonymous with African-American comedy), but also solidified the stardom of comedians Jamie Foxx and the rubber-faced Jim Carrey (who, with his Fire Marshall Bill character, appeared as the ensemble's obligatory white schmuck). A dispute over the show erupted between Wayans and Fox in late 1992, as Wayans felt that the network was overrunning In Living Color in syndication; he argued that it would reduce the program's longevity. Yet Fox refused to back down. Consequently, the whole Wayans family left the program, leaving Jim Carrey center stage. In Living Color lasted two additional seasons, and wrapped in late summer 1994. For several years, Wayans retained a low profile (save limited involvement with straight-faced actioners like The Glimmer Man), but bounced back in 2000 with the multimillion-dollar box-office champion Scary Movie. Initially a parody of Wes Craven's Scream series, the film spawned three sequels, in 2001, 2003, and 2006 respectively; Wayans abandoned the franchise after Scary Movie 2, by which point, the films had expanded their satirical scope to include non-horror pictures and other elements of popular culture. In 2004, Wayans directed the farce White Chicks, about two black FBI agents, Marcus and Kevin (played respectively by the director's brothers, Marlon and Shawn), who disguise themselves as Caucasian sorority girls to foil a kidnapping plot. Despite scattered favorable notices, most critics despised the picture (Roger Ebert remarked, "Here is a film so dreary and conventional that it took an act of will to keep me in the theater"), but it soared at the box and became one of the top grossers for several weekends. The three brothers re-teamed for a follow-up (as co-producers and co-screenwriters, with Keenen directing) for the crass 2006 comedy Little Man, a kind of Clifford remake that revamps the adult-in-the-child's-body concept. Marlon plays a dwarf criminal, Calvin, who -- in an effort to retrieve a diamond he has stolen -- takes advantage of his size by masking himself as a baby and hiding out in the home of a wannabe dad (Shawn Wayans).


Highest Rated Movies



18% Dance Flick Mr. Stache Screenwriter Producer $25.7M 2009
No Score Yet The Black List: Volume One Actor 2008
No Score Yet A Boo Crew Christmas Special Executive Producer 2007
12% Little Man Producer Screenwriter Director $58.3M 2006
No Score Yet Thugaboo Actor 2006
15% White Chicks Screenwriter Director Producer $69.2M 2004
15% Scary Movie 2 Director Screenwriter 2001
53% Scary Movie Producer Director Screenwriter Slave 2000
15% Most Wanted Executive Producer Producer Sgt. James Dunn Screenwriter 1997
12% The Glimmer Man Det. Jim Campbell 1996
31% Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood Mailman Producer 1996
0% A Low Down Dirty Shame Director 1994
39% The Five Heartbeats Screenwriter 1991
64% I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Jack Spade Screenwriter Director 1988
81% Eddie Murphy Raw Screenwriter 1987
85% Star 80 Comic 1983
88% Hollywood Shuffle Donald/Jerry Curl Screenwriter 1982


No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Appearing 2016
No Score Yet Last Comic Standing
Judge 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2014
50% Happily Divorced
Tony 2013
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Real Husbands of Hollywood
No Score Yet My Wife and Kids
Ken Kyle 2001
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2001
No Score Yet In Living Color
Performer Creator 1993
No Score Yet A Different World
Prof. Lawrence 1987
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
No Score Yet Cheers
Guest Customer No. 1 1982


Chun Yung Fat says: I am chun yung fat. Do you know what that means?

Shame says: Yeah. You come with an egg roll and miso soup

Chun Yung Fat says: One day we will meet again.

Shame says: Next time bring some breath mints.

Detective Jim Campbell says: I'm a clown.