In Living Color doesn't get the respect it deserves. The comedy sketch show, which began 25 years ago today, ended unceremoniously in 1994, after its fifth season. Keenan Ivory Wayans, the show's creator, left the show as a writer after the third season in 1992, staying on as executive producer until the fourth season because he felt Fox executives were devaluing the show's syndication by scheduling too many reruns. He basically pulled a Chappelle before Dave Chappelle.
The show may not have lasted as long as Saturday Night Live, but it launched the careers of some of the biggest stars of the past 20 years. Damon Wayans was the first to leave in hopes of becoming a big movie star. Jim Carrey became one of the biggest box office draws because of his work on the show. Jamie Foxx was a fan favorite when he joined the cast during the show's third season, and Jennifer Lopez may be the biggest, if most unexpected, star to come out of ILC.
In Living Color celebrates its silver anniversary today, so we took a look back at some of the most famous people who came out of the classic sketch comedy show. These are 14 People Who Became Stars After Appearing on In Living Color.
Angel Diaz is a staff writer for Complex Media. Follow him @ADiaz456.