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Marlon Wayans: The jokes don’t stop with this guy

The Laughs Keep On Coming

Story and Images by DeWayne Rogers

Styling by Kudzi Karidza

Marlon Wayans is really scared. But you’d never know it, since at the moment he’s successfully firing off side-splitting jokes in rapid succession that have the entire rolling out crew gasping for air. But what exactly has Wayans so frightened? For starters, it’s the horror genre, which is a bit ironic when considering the penchant for the famed Wayans clan to mine that genre repeatedly for comedic nuggets.

But as we spent time with the 40-year-old funnyman, we discovered a man who battles fear with comedy. As Wayans prepares for the Jan. 11 nationwide release of his latest flm, A Haunted House, could this be his latest comedic attempt to fight fear, be it the fear of ghosts and serial killers, or maybe even the fear of failure? We set out to get some answers, and let’s just say that the results were hilarious.

You keep making your way back to horror, first with the Scary Movie franchise, and now with A Haunted House. What is it about the horror genre that you continue to find interesting?
Because I’m scared of the s–t. So, I take my pain and make other people laugh at it. I’m scared as hell of those flicks, so in order to deal with my scare, I crack a joke. I’m like that guy in the movie that’s scared, and nervous and always cracking jokes — and he’s probably the second guy to get killed — but you need that guy. That’s me. For me, I was just sitting there watching these movies going, ‘I’m so tired of seeing white people doing s–t … it’s like, look, if you hear a ghost, f–king move — leave; what [are] you investigating for? Everybody thinks it’s a parody, but it’s kind of not — it’s really just a horror comedy with parody moments.

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  1. Taniya on February 1, 2013 at 10:10 am

    NO YOU DIDN’T didn’t call Bar One POSH!!!??!! Been there and it’s a total let down. I was expecting glamour and glitz all we got was a too tiny space to enjoy overpriced appetizers and watered down drinks that taste of nothing but juice and syrup! And the photo of Cynthia of the wall is bizarre and weird for such a tiny place. It actaully scared us!

  2. Taniya on February 1, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Regardless of what YOU thought you witnessed in your interview with her, she comes across on the show as annoying, has her head up Nene’s big butt and an undercover, quiet mess starter! She acts like she’s so real and above confrontation, yet she underhandly talks behind people’s back. She’s annoying when she tries to throw her two cents in and gives her unwanted advice. She seems to have it out for Phaedra for some reason…..

  3. Luckie J on February 1, 2013 at 10:15 am

    What is that crap on her face? It looks ridiculous. Would have been cute as just a head piece.