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'In Living Color' Turns 20: Happy Anniversary!

by Jason Newman, posted Apr 14th 2010 4:00PM
In Living ColorTwenty years ago, on April 15, 1990, 'In Living Color,' the brash, outspoken sketch comedy show created by Keenan Ivory Wayans, premiered and subsequently changed the rules of sketch comedy. In its skewering of pop culture and satirizing of race-based issues, the mostly black cast combined trenchant lampooning (Michael Jackson, Mike Tyson) with original characters (Homey D. Clown, Fire Marshal Bill) to create a show that remains groundbreaking to this day.

Just as notable, the show became a launching pad for everyone from Jim Carrey and Jamie Foxx to then-choreographer Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez (the latter earning her first high-profile job as one of the show's "Fly Girls").

To commemorate the anniversary, we take a look back at some of the best musical parodies the show had to offer. And good luck not getting nostalgic -- or rueful -- of the '90s if you remember these.In Living ColorTwenty years ago, on April 15, 1990, 'In Living Color,' the brash, outspoken sketch comedy show created by Keenan Ivory Wayans, premiered and subsequently changed the rules of sketch comedy. In its skewering of pop culture and satirizing of race-based issues, the mostly black cast combined trenchant lampooning (Michael Jackson, Mike Tyson) with original characters (Homey D. Clown, Fire Marshal Bill) to create a show that remains groundbreaking to this day.

Just as notable, the show became a launching pad for everyone from Jim Carrey and Jamie Foxx to then-choreographer Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez (the latter earning her first high-profile job as one of the show's "Fly Girls").

To commemorate the anniversary, we take a look back at some of the best musical parodies the show had to offer. And good luck not getting nostalgic -- or rueful -- of the '90s if you remember these.


Jim Carrey as Snow -- "Imposter"



Tommy Davidson as MC Hammer -- "Can't Touch This"



Jim Carrey as Vanilla Ice -- "White, White Baby"



Marlon Wayans as Shabba Ranks -- "Mr. Ugly Man"



Jamie Foxx as Sir Mix-A-Lot -- "Baby Got Snacks"



Kim Wayans as Crystal Waters -- "My Songs Are Mindless"



Tommy Davidson as Michael Jackson -- "Black or White"



Shawn Wayans as Jimmie Walker -- "Mama's Gonna Kick Me Out"




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