Marlon Wayans continues national standup comedy tour Sept. 8 at Visalia Fox Theatre

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VISALIA – Most comedians do standup for an entire career in the hopes of landing their own television show and possibly work in films. But Marlon Wayans isn’t just any comedian. The youngest of the 10 Wayans siblings, all celebrities in their own right, Marlon made his debut on the big screen as a pedestrian in the 1988 black-sploitation spoof “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” at the age of 16.

Since that time, the Wayans family has redefined the spoof genre of film. As an actor, producer, comedian, writer and film director, Marlon’s films have grossed more than $736-million in domestic box office, an average of nearly $50-million per outing.

Marlon is commonly recognized for his role as ‘Marcus Copeland’ in Columbia Pictures’ 2004 hit comedy “White Chicks”, opposite Shawn Wayans, Jamie King and Terry Crews. The film was directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans and grossed $69 million in the United States. He also starred alongside Shawn Wayans and Regina Hall in Dimension Films’ horror comedy spoof films “Scary Movie” and “Scary Movie 2”, directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans.

More recently, Marlon starred in the comedy spoof “Fifty Shades Of Black.” He wrote and exectuvie-produced the 2016 spoof of “Fifty Shades of Gray”, directed by Michael Tiddes and co-starring Mike Epps and Kali Hawk.

Now 45 years old, Marlon is turning his attention back to standup and is selling out shows nationwide every weekend. Marlon Wayans will be performing his standup on Friday, Sept. 8 at the Visalia Fox Theatre, 300 Main St. in Visalia. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $40-$50 and can be purchased at www.ticketfly.com. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. For more information, visit www.foxvisalia.org. Marlon last embarked on a national comedy tour with his brothers Keenen, Damon and Shawn Wayans in 2014. This marked the first standup tour for the four Wayans Brothers in many years.

That same year, Wayans starred in the Open Road Films comedy “A Haunted House 2”, the sequel to the hilarious and successful film, “A Haunted House”, which had a budget of $2-million and grossed $18.1-million on the opening weekend. Wayans produced A Haunted House, as well as “A Haunted House 2”. The sequel, directed by Michael Tiddes, is now available on DVD. Wayans starred alongside Gabriel Iglesias, Essence Atkins and Jamie Pressly. The film is a parody of the “found footage” genre, such as the “Paranormal Activity” franchise and “The Devil Inside”.

Marlon’s additional film credits include the Columbia Pictures comedy “Mo’ Money”; New Line Cinema’s drama “Above The Rim”; Miramax’s parody film “Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood”; Touchstone Pictures’ “The Sixth Man”; Miramax’s “Senseless”; “Dungeons & Dragons”; Darren Aronofsky’s hit drama “Requiem For A Dream”, opposite Jared Leto and Jennifer Connolly; The Coen Brothers’ “The Ladykillers”, opposite Tom Hanks; Behind The Smile; Columbia Pictures’ “Little Man”; DreamWorks’ “Norbit”, opposite Eddie Murphy; Paramount Pictures and MTV’s parody film “Dance Flick”; Paramount’s “G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra”, opposite Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; 20th Century Fox’s “Marmaduke”; and the hit comedy “The Heat”, opposite Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.

On the small screen, Wayans starred in and created the TBS hit comedy competition series “Funniest Wins.” Additionally, Wayans has appeared on several popular television programs, including Fox’s “In Living Color,” Adult Swim’s “Childrens Hospital,” BET’s “Second Generation Wayans,” and The WB’s “The Wayans Bros.”, which was the highest rated comedy on The WB. Wayans recently hosted the hit NBC show “I Can Do That!,” a comedy/ variety series where six celebrities are asked to put on an entertainment show with skills they didn’t even know they had. The six-episode hour-long series aired this summer.

Wayans has also launched the online venture, “What The Funny”, with internet serial entrepreneur and Funny Or Die co-founder Randy Adams. What The Funny serves up urban comedy from established and emerging comedians, writers and actors through its web site at WhatTheFunny.com.

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