Looking into the forgotten crevices of popular culture.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
In Living Color Debuts (1990)
I should pause to note that twenty years ago today, on April 15, 1990, the sketch comedy series "In Living Color" debuted on the Fox network. I rarely, if ever watched the program, but I certainly encountered my fair share of references to the show at school. (In fact, my most vivid memory of the show was not the show itself, but the band Living Colour objecting to its similar name. I remember seeing two members of Living Color presenting at some type of awards show and introducing themselves as follows: "We're Living Colour, and we don't do comedy."). But the program does have a very special place in pop culture history. It brought the Wayans Brothers to national prominence as well as Jamie Foxx and Jim Carrey, both of whom would go on to have very successful careers in Hollywood. David Alan Grier wasn't so lucky, I guess.
Thirty-something suffering from nostalgia but, thankfully, not from bouts of irony. Here, I will revisit artifacts of popular culture not sufficiently explored elsewhere, though I may perhaps stray from that mission at times.