In Living Color- Season 3

DVD Reviews | May 30th, 2005

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Starring Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, David Alan Grier, Jamie Foxx, Shawn Wayans, Kim Wayans, Tommy Davidson, Kelly Coffield, T’Keyah Crystal Keymh, Steve Parks
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Directed By: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Studio: Fox
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I’m glad they are pumping out these DVDs quickly because I loved this show. Season 3 offers plenty of laughs, and is definitely worthwhile to watch if you enjoyed the first two seasons. Word!

Season 3 of In Living Color introduces upcoming comedians & stars like Jamie Foxx, Steve Parks, Shawn Wayans (formerly SW1) and a new fly girl, Jennifer Lopez. Yeah, she looked little busted back then and had more junk in the trunk than usual. I think when I was little, I was like, that new dancer girl is ugly! Of course, she looks fine now but just a little Affleck-tainted. Haha. But anyway, I always thought the first two seasons were the best but this season has plenty of great & classic skits as well. Ones that were memorable for me were the background guy at the Super Bowl half time show (which became a reoccurring character), Elvis sighting, all the Men On…skits, Grim Reaper on vacation, Homey the Clowns skits, Fire Marshall Bill’s, Handi Man’s and of course the Wanda skits. I think the additions of Jamie Foxx, Steve Parks (only lasted one season sadly), and Shawn Wayans (moved away from the turntables and became a featured actor on the show) was a good move because the cast already was great, it just helped introduce new characters on the show. Jamie Foxx, being the most notable one with the most characters added to the show like Wanda. I believe there’s at least two Wanda skits, and the best one is when she’s a masseuse and yanks off Tommy Davidson’s towel haha. Steve Parks had some funny stereotypical Asian skits and served as a nice balance to the cast members. Shawn Wayans served as a good secondary, character actor of the show.

I think this season is when it started to recycle the same characters every other episode and while it was funny at the time, it started to get outplayed a bit much. There’s only so many Wanda, Homey The Clown or Handi Man skits you can do before it becomes stale. One character I wish never existed was Kim Wayans’ Benita Butrell. Talk about NOT FUNNY! It was extremely annoying, that’s for sure. I’ve hated that character since season 1. It seemed like in Season 3, Keenen took a backseat on the acting and concentrated on the directing and writing. I believe this was the last season Damon Wayans was a full time cast member and it’s probably after this season the show “jumped the shark.” The reason I think it jumped the shark after this season because Damon was the best cast member besides Jim Carrey. Though nothing is as bad the last/5th season though. Season 3 also features two memorable episodes, one is the Super Bowl Half Time show and the other is the funny bloopers episodes. The super bowl half time had all these celebrities hanging out on the set, and I even spotted a young Leonard DiCaprio. Plus stupid Pauly Shore and that Parker Lewis doofus guy who hasn’t been in anything since that dumb show. The episode featured skits from the Homeboyz Shopping Network and I always got a kick out of those characters. Plus skits from Fire Marshall Bill and the Men On..guys. The one skit that I thought was hilarious was Jim Carrey acting all goofy in the background of a live TV broadcast. You’ve seen those guys before, doing anything to get on TV and the character just steps it up quite a few notches. I believe Jim Carrey continued to do that character until the series ended. One thing I noticed in the episode was the censorship and cutting of the Men on Football skit. I remember seeing Damon Wayans saying something controversial about Joe Namath, but it’s blatantly cut out of the skit. I really hate that shit. Who gives a fuck what Joe Namath thinks of the joke or whatever Damon Wayans said. The blooper and outtakes episode was funny because you really see how badly they screw up their lines, or not be able to hold a straight face. I don’t think I’d be able to keep a straight face during Men On skits.

Granted there are some funny episodes, I think the cutting out of the music spoofs and some censoring was a bad move on FOX’s part. Plus there are no extras on the DVDs. The first season had a featurette and some commentaries but that’s not the case here. I’m sure one of the cast members isn’t doing anything.

If you like the show, and don’t care about the cutting of the music spoofs, than Season 3 is something to get. I liked this season a lot but they were going overboard with a lot of the characters skits. There’s only so much you can take. I still think the first season is the best but the addition of Jamie Foxx is refreshing for the show. I’m kind of disappointed that there is no extras either. So I only give this DVD one snap up.


ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround CC

Standard 1.33:1 Color

English, Spanish

Favorite Scenes: Fire Marshall Bill, Background Guy, Brothers Brothers, Men on Films, Head Detective, Homeboyz Shopping Network
Rating: NR
Running Time: 618 minutes
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