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Homey Don't Play That!

The Story of In Living Color and the Black Comedy Revolution
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Few television shows revolutionized comedy as profoundly or have had such an enormous and continued impact on our culture as In Living Color. Inspired by Richard Pryor, Carol Burnett, and Eddie Murphy, Keenen Ivory Wayans created a television series unlike any that had come before it. Along the way, he introduced the world to Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier, Rosie Perez, and Jennifer Lopez, not to mention his own brothers Damon, Marlon, and Shawn Wayans.

In Living Color shaped American culture in ways both seen and unseen, and was part of a sea change that moved black comedy and hip-hop culture from the shadows into the spotlight. Now, Homey Don't Play That! reveals the complete, captivating story of how In Living Color overcame enormous odds to become a major, zeitgeist-seizing hit.

Through exclusive interviews with the cast, writers, producers, and network executives, this insightful and entertaining chronicle follows the show's ups and downs, friendships and feuds, tragedies and triumphs, sketches and scandals, the famous and the infamous, unveiling a vital piece of history in the evolution of comedy, television, and black culture.

©2018 David Peisner (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Just W
  • New York, New York United States
  • 10-11-18

Wow, that sucked......

One of the most derivative books I've ever listened to. 97% of this is Cliff Notes on Black America from 1980 to 2010's. These same facts that fill up the bulk of the book are easily found on Wikipedia.

What I wanted was a book about In Living Color. You know, the TV show. Not notes from a community college sociology class. Taught by a bored professor. On weekends. At night. In a blizzard.....

And when the book does actually get to the show, everything is third party. So & so said this: type of writing. The writing is so uninspired, that I had to finish it in order to know if it got better. It didn't.

The performance is not much better. Feels like JD Jackson hated the book just as much as I did. Let's just say he took one for the team here.

If you are interested in African American Comedy, the recent Richard Pryor book Furious Cool, is head and shoulders above this sad excuse for a book.

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Before you purchase this book...

This was a well researched and entertaining behind the scenes story of one of my favorite shows growing up. I will tell you that if you get this audiobook, and only care about the story of In Living Color, skip to chapter 12 when that story begins. The chapters before that talk about other comedian/actors careers like Eddie Murphy. There are also several beginning chapters about the Wayans’ childhoods. From chapter 12 on its about ILC. And though I thought I knew a lot about the show before, I learned A LOT about every aspect of making the show and how important it was at the time and for the future of television. Overall- great listen. Hope this review helps!

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History Lesson on Comedy and Hip-Hop

I really enjoyed this audiobook. So much information about In Living Color and how it’s shape so much of the comedy that I personally enjoy. It goes to explain what and who inspired this show, it goes to talk about all the people involved in the making of the show and how many shows it has been the inspiration for. Great read if you enjoy comedy.

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fascinating

On par with so many others that analyze what makes a show great. More than just behind the scenes stories, it is a deep dive into the rise and fall of the show.