Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Marlon Wayans Gets Warmed Up for Stand-Up Special with Shows at Helium

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Marlon Wayans Gets Warmed Up for Stand-Up Special with Shows at Helium

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Marlon Wayans has been seriously venturing into the world of stand-up comedy lately. Just last year, the actor known for his comic roles told Go! Magazine that it's a natural progression for him, and he's re-creating himself.

He's still at it, with a run of shows this weekend at Helium Comedy Club, where he also performed in 2016. The timing of it seems especially surprising.

Wayans is already front and center these days, starring in the new NBC sitcom "Marlon" and in a new Netflix original movie, "Naked."

"I'm working my way toward my first stand-up special," he says. "I wanna do the special and continue after that. I have a bunch of things I want to do in my life, and being a great stand-up comedian is one of those things."

Wayans says everything is funny to him nowadays, from sports to politics to race. Those are all topics he will address onstage. He also talks about his life (his famous brothers are Damon Wayans and Keenen Ivory Wayans) and being a father.

"But really, I just listen to the crowd, and then, like a DJ, I start putting my playlist together," he says.

Of course, President Donald Trump provides lots of material for comedians today, Wayans included. "It's the gift that keeps on giving," he says.

He says his stand-up special will debut this year on a network or streaming service to be determined. Netflix, the new go-to for top comedians, is a strong possibility.

"It's a great platform," he says. "It's a great place to be. There's HBO and Showtime and other places to go, but Netflix is the first one that comes to mind.

"It's worldwide, and they allow you to make the movie you want to make. Not everything is a superhero movie."

It would seem he already has an in at Netflix, thanks to "Naked," in which he stars as a man who repeatedly wakes up naked in an elevator on his wedding day without knowing how he got there. …

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