Shawn Wayans will be performing Thursday through Sunday at Captain Brien’s Off the Hook Comedy Club. Tickets are $32. For reservations, call Off the Hook at 389-6900 or visit www.offthehoook 00 or visit www.offthehoookcomedyclub.com.
Besides working on adapting the classic ‘60s sitcom The Munsters into a new feature film and overseeing the next Wayans Family Boo Crew animated children’s special for Nickelodeon, Wayans will be appearing at Off the Hook with Bruce Fine whose recent The Tonight Show appearance is a popular download on youtube.com.
Wayans’ rise to superstardom began with his first gig as the deejay on In Living Color, and the many films he co-wrote and starred in: Little Man, White Chicks, Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2 and the cult classic Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood.
Q: What was it like to be part of such a breakout project like In Living Color?
A: It was cool because — you know ... I was around all these seasoned comedians, and I was like fresh meat. I was a sponge, just absorbed it all. It was like comedy college for me.
Q: What was it like growing up in the limelight?
A: We didn’t grow up in the limelight. We didn’t have lights. We were poor, we grew up in New York City. ... We used comedy as a way to escape. It was tough but it was still fun.
Q: What’s it like growing up with the rest of the Wayans?
A: Me and my brothers and my family in general have a great chemistry together. We understand what makes each other better. Just creatively we have a connection. Keenan, Deirdre, Damon ... there’s me then Marlon. People done heard that story already, they tired of that — I got new stuff.
Q: What’s it like for you to work with family?
A: Sometimes me and Marlon don’t agree on stuff — we have two different approaches to business. Me and my little brother were little business men, though, and we used to dig in garbage cans for five-cent refunds. Our dream was to move to Minnesota because they give you a dime.
Q: What would you say your live stand-up comedy acts are like?
A: My stand up is inspired by true life, and what’s going on today and just all categories from music, television — every-day life — like what everybody relates to, having kids, going to clubs — just everything. I can’t really talk it about though. ... If you go to youtube or my myspace you’d be able to see some of my stand up.
Q: Are there any other projects in the works besides your current comedy tour?
A: Yeah, me and my brothers are taping The Munsters ... and making it into a feature film, so we’re writing and producing that — not gonna be in it.
We also have a show we sold to VH-1 kind of in the vein of Entourage set in the hip hop world. It’s kind of dealing more with rappers and some of the stuff that they go through on a day-to-day basis.
Q: Who are some of your favorite rappers?
A: ... Jayzee, Kanye, 50 Cent, Big E, Eminem
Q: Do you talk about rap in your act?
A: Actually I do — I talk about the state of rap, but I can’t really talk about my act. I know — you like what can I talk about?
Q: Are you excited about appearing at Captain Brien’s Off the Hook Comedy Club on Marco Island?
A: Yes I is. I’m excited. I’ve never been there before.
They said there’s a really hot club out there, and its up-and-coming, and it’s a fun place, and I should go do a show, and I was like a