Damon Wayans

While there are two generations of comics and actors in his family, Damon Wayans is arguably the best known in this family affair. On TV (In Living Color, My Wife and Kids), film (The Last Boy Scout, Major Payne) and stand-up stages, the 54-year-old is an audience favorite. And that means people coming up to him on the street, all the time. “Sometimes people call you like they know you and get upset if you don’t recognize them. And then they want me to entertain them,” he said on a Comedy Central special. “They say, ‘Do Homey the Clown!’ Like I carry the sock and the nose with me everywhere I go!”

Still, it’s a more peaceful interaction with fans than he’s seen on the professional basketball court. “What are fans doing fighting athletes? What don’t they understand about the word ‘athlete.’ It means they are human machines,” he continues. “You don’t fight people who are in the gym 24/7 lifting weights. And are seven feet tall. Have you seen Shaquille O’Neal? That’s not a special effect. You don’t want to fight that!”

8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The Improv Comedy Showcase, 7620 Katy Freeway. For information, call 713-333-8800 or visit houston.improv.com. $35 to $45.
Thu., Oct. 2, 8 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 3, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 4, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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