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Interview:
Stand-up fuels Marlon Wayans comedic life
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Marlon Wayans is in the midst of his "Scandal-Less Tour."

But, he promises, that doesn't mean he'll be laying off the scandals and controversies that populate today's news.

"I'm just looking at all the scandals out there," Wayans, 43, says by phone from his home in Los Angeles. "Politics is always a fertile ground, and just looking at the scope of society, everything from politics to pop culture and hip-hop.

"And you can always go back to yourself and look at how I've dipped and dodged throughout and bee part of the popularity culture. I talk a little about how being a celebrity has changed. I just let it fly and see where we go."

The co-creator of TV's "The Wayans Bros." and the "Scary Movie" film series says he, like other comedians, has been thrilled with the current presidential primary campaigns, particularly with Donald Trump being part of the race -- although he's not so happy about it that he wants Trump to actually be elected president. And it's "a little too soon" to put Prince into his set, although Wayans says that "I may throw a joke or two in there."

"I guess there's really no such thing as too soon," Wayans explains. "It's all about HOW you tell a joke, as long as it's in good taste or with kid gloves. People understand we have a job to do as comedians -- to make people laugh, make you feel better about sad times, even death, all kinds of stuff. You just go out there and be brave and kind of dive into those mucky pools and see how it goes."

Wayans's latest film, the parody "Fifty Shades of Black," has grossed more than $20 million since its release in late January, and he's in the midst of other projects, including a proposed TV sitcom called "Marlon," which will be "based on my life as an inappropriate dad" -- which he claims to be to his two teenage children. A pilot has been filmed and he's shopping for distributors -- and being on the stand-up circuit, Wayans says, is only sharpening his attack to the show's benefit.

"It's like you're in the gym every day; Comedy's a muscle and humor's a muscle, and the more you're working with an audience the better you get," he says. "You see what makes them laugh, what makes them tighten up and how to grab them back. Then when you're writing (a script), you've got that sense that you bring to it from being in front of people -- like practice makes perfect, right?"

Marlon Wayans

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