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5 questions: Marlon Wayans

Steven Duffy
5 questions: Marlon Wayans
Marlon Wayans -photo: courtesy marlon wayans

Marlon Wayans is an actor, producer, comedian, writer and film director. His films have grossed more than $736 million in domestic box office sales, an average of nearly $50 million per outing. As a stand-up comedian, he is selling out nationwide and adding shows every weekend. Wayans recently hit a career milestone with his highly anticipated first-ever stand-up comedy special “Woke-ish” which premiered on Netflix on Feb. 27, 2018. He performed May 19 at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford.

You’ve always created your own Hollywood opportunities. Why not wait for opportunities to knock on your door?

Marlon Wayans: I would be waiting for a long time if I didn’t make my own. In Hollywood, they come few and far between. I was raised to go after your dreams, never wait, and make them happen. 

Your TV show “Marlon” was renewed for a second season by NBC. What kind of TV dad are you?

ML: I’m definitely a different kind of dad. I am a bit immature, but it allows me to connect with the audience and my TV family. As a dad, I believe in being truthful and making connections. You should also always tell your kids the truth and give them hope.

Some may be offended by “Woke-ish,” your new comedy special on Netflix. Is that the point you are trying to make?

ML: Nowadays, people are soft. They get offended easily. I like to approach my comedy routine from a certain point of view. One is going to start conversations. My comedy comes from a place of truth. I like to speak of things that are truthful. If I can get you to think and listen and maybe change your point of view, then I am doing my job. 

With the Wayanses being the first family of comedy, any plans to make a movie with all of you in it?

ML: I wish! I love working with them. I try to work with them every chance I get. I hope one day we will have the opportunity to all make a movie together. 

What makes you laugh?

ML: Bugs Bunny — he makes me laugh. He is the perfect comedian. Looney Tunes made you laugh by social-political approach. You were laughing while learning a lesson. I love laughter because it connects us as people.

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