Marlon Wayans on Comedy: "I Don't Mind Wearing a Dress"

Marlon and Shawn Wayans may be the baby siblings of Keenen and Damon, but they're presenting the world with the next generation of big boy comedy. Together they've created a mini-empire of memorable parodies like Scary Movie and Don't Be a Menace, and the mind-blowingly trippy flick White Chicks. Nowadays, with their standup, these two are, firsthand, bringing Wayans-original comedy to the country.

Marlon just completed working on a movie tentatively called Smart Ass, he's producing a TV show staring two of his nephews, and is taking a less jokey role with Sandra Bullock in The Heat. The actor and comedian took time to talk to us about growing up in a crazily talented family, checking out J.Lo's butt on In Living Color (which he fondly referred to as "comedy college"), and what it's like being a black man playing a white woman.

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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