That’s right, (one of) the Damon Wayans of the new CBS comedy series Happy Together! Damon Wayans Jr. comes from the Wayans comedy dynasty, colloquially known as The Wayans Family – a family of actors, directors, producers and comedians, including Marlon Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Kim Wayans, Shawn Wayans and Damon Wayans (all of whom where on the 1990s sketch comedy show In Living Colour for the same four years). While Damon Wayans Jr. doesn’t sound like his father, Daman Wayans (Sr.; regular; classic; or just Damon Wayans depending on how old you are), he’s sure got a good impression of him, doesn’t he?
And of course Colbert is super eager to talk about the Wayans family – they’re his comedy generation, being around the same age, doing the same comedy at the same time (though, at the time, Colbert was much less successful, but who’s hosting The Late Show now, Wayans?).
So you’d think with a name like Wayans, Damon Jr. would have leapt right into comedy like his dad, aunt and uncles. Not initially, though, for whatever that’s worth at this point.
Damon Wayans is young but already a veteran of sitcoms, as an off-and-on cast member on the hit series New Girl, and as a full time cast member on the critical darling Happy Endings. So him being on Happy Together is an old hat by now, as he’s a seasoned pro.
Not familiar with Happy Together yet? How about Damon Wayans Jr. himself explain the new series:
A classic setup with a new twist, and a young comedy vet leading the charge – what else could you ask for in a new sitcom? How about it being produced by One Direction? Well, okay, it’s not produced by One Direction. But, Harry Styles of One Direction is a producer on Happy Together, so it’s basically the same thing. So, having never produced television before… how is he as a producer?
It makes sense – Happy Together is about a young pop star at the height of his career moving in with his accountant. Harry Styles is a young pop star at the height of his career – and while his living situation isn’t publicly know, he could be living, or at one time lived, with his accountant!
So be sure to watch Happy Together Mondays at 8.30 et/pt on Global! And catch more of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airing weeknights at 11.35 et/pt on Global, and watch the latest episodes online here on GlobalTV.com!