Com­edy meets re­al­ity in a mock­u­men­tary about the least fa­mous mem­bers of Hol­ly­wood’s Wayans fam­ily.

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In hol­ly­wood, there are many ways to make it to the top – raw tal­ent, per­se­ver­ance, sleep­ing your way into roles or hav­ing a fa­mous fam­ily to open doors for you. and that last one is what sec­ond gen­er­a­tions wayans (2013curent) is all about – nepo­tism. ex­cept this mock­u­men­tary is about how hav­ing a fa­mous sur­name means you have to work that much harder to be taken se­ri­ously.

the wayans sib­lings – kee­nen ivory, damon, kim, shawn and mar­lon – are com­edy leg­ends in the us after writ­ing, di­rect­ing and act­ing in suc­cess­ful films like scary movie (2000) and white chicks (2004) and ap­pear­ing on shows like in liv­ing color (1990-1994). and then there’s the lit­tle­known “sec­ond gen­er­a­tions of wayans”: craig and damien, cousins who, with a few celeb pals, are try­ing to step out from the shad­ows and be­come stars on their own.

meet the cast

craig wayans

on­screen: craig’s “character” is a sin­gle dad to 7-year-old son bronx, try­ing to work things out with his son’s re­sent­ful mother rochelle (played by le­toya luck­ett). he’s the more prac­ti­cal and laid­back of the pair and is hop­ing to crack it as a writer.

off­screen: his mom is diedre wayans, sis­ter to kee­nen & co. his writ­ing and pro­duc­ing cred­its in­clude the movies scary movie 2 (2001) and dance flick (2009).

damien wayans

on­screen: flashy, charis­matic play­boy damien is an as­pir­ing ac­tor/di­rec­tor. he’s the hustler who acts like he’s al­ready made it. he’s in an on/off re­la­tion­ship with his best friend ac­tress regina hall, who played cor­retta on ally mcbeal from 2001-2002.

off­screen: he’s the son of screen­writer elvira wayans, whose sib­lings are the fa­mous wayans.

george o gore ii

on­screen: george plays the fi­nancier of the boys’ company, sec­ond gen­er­a­tion pro­duc­tions. he’s also desperately try­ing to get over his trust is­sues and fick­le­ness when it comes to women. george lives mod­estly but he’s ac­tu­ally a real es­tate mogul who’s on the rise.

off­screen: on his way to col­lege to study fi­nance with dreams of be­com­ing an in­vest­ment banker, he landed the role of michael kyle jr along­side damon wayans in sit­com my wife & kids in 2001. after the show ended in 2005, he’d al­ready earned his di­rect­ing and pro­duc­ing stripes on the show and he’s con­tin­ued to work for the wayans fam­ily on var­i­ous pro­duc­tions.

tatyana ali

on­screen: the only mem­ber of the main cast who’s not play­ing a fic­tion­alised ver­sion of them­selves is tatyana. she plays maya, the company’s smart and mul­ti­fac­eted ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant who keeps ev­ery­one on their toes while main­tain­ing her own am­bi­tions. although her ac­tual job is at her un­cle’s law firm, tatyana man­ages to be damien’s go-to girl at the most ran­dom of times.

off­screen: tatyana’s had loads of big tv roles – from ash­ley on sit­com the fresh prince of bel-air (1990-1996) to tyana on sit­com love that girl (2010-2012).

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