Call Answered: Kim Wayans: "An Act of God", "In Living Color" + "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka"
I grew up watching In Living Color. This was one of the funniest shows on TV. When Kim Wayans, sister of Keenan Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans, called, I answered.
Kim is getting ready to star in Bristol Riverside Theatre’s production of An Act of God, written by 13-time Emmy winner David Javerbaum. The show is based off of Javerbaum’s Twitter persona @TheTweetofGod.
I had the best time speaking with Kim about this show, In Living Color, and so much more!
In Act of God, God is back and she has a lot to say. After many millennia, and in just 90 minutes, God (assisted by her devoted angels Gabriel and Michael) will answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. The “One” will give the first and last word on everything from monotheism to masturbation. An Act of God is a mental romp around the Old and New Testaments, with a dissatisfied God who, having grown weary of the original Ten Commandments, has arrived in the theater to offer new version: a fresh set of commandments for a modern world. This sinfully funny comedy delivers a new meaning to the phrase divine intervention!
An Act of God will play at Bristol Riverside Theatre (120 Radcliffe Street Bristol, PA 19007) from September 17-October 13. Click here for tickets!
1. This fall you are starring in Bristol Riverside Theatre's production of An Act of God. What made you want to audition for this show? I didn’t audition. It was an offer made to me by the director, Susan Atkinson. The reason I said yes was because the play is hilarious and thought provoking, and the subject matter - spirituality is of interest to me.
2. What do you relate to most about this character of "God"? I think her humor. She has a great sense of humor...although often she doesn’t realize what she said or did was funny, which makes her even funnier.
3. What is one characteristic of "God" you are glad you yourself do not possess? Her vindictiveness! That’s a bad quality to be in possession of, especially when you’re God! Not to suggest that in my life did I ever feel vindictive, but thankfully I’ve evolved past that.
4. What makes this production stand-out from other runs of the show is that "God" is being played by a female. What do you feel you will bring to the show that a male actor, who has typically been cast in the role, does not? I can’t honestly say because I’ve never seen a production of the play, so I don’t know what the fellas did with it. I do know that as a woman, I see the world through a different lens, so based on that, my interpretation of the character will differ from theirs.
5. In this show "God" will answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. If you could ask God one or two deep questions, what would you ask? I have many, but most pressingly, I’d ask about the nature of suffering and how it seems to be used as a tool to teach valuable life lessons.
My question would be: “Is there another, less excruciating way to learn?” Also, I’d be curious to know what things were like before creation. What form, if any, did I exist as, and when I die do I return to that same form?
6. On the flip side of things, what fun things would you like to do with God if you met? I’d love to go visit some deceased relatives, play Charades and have a dinner party where we invite every deceased celebrity/luminary/author I wish I could have broke bread with while they were alive. Starting with Lucille Ball, James Baldwin, Prince and Toni Morrison to name a few. Wouldn’t that be an amazing night?
7. Let's switch directions for a bit and discuss In Living Color. What fun stories can you share with us about your time on the show? Every day was like going to the playground. The actors used to come up with crazy stuff to surprise each other. One of the funniest things I ever did in a sketch was during a taping of “Snack n Shack,” the nasty restaurant where all the old timers worked, as my character, Mama, I pulled my missing breast implant out of a customer’s bowl of soup!
8. What is it like being in such a famous family? What are the best parts of it? What are some of the challenges? I love having this big, crazy family, I don’t think of them as famous, they’re just my siblings.
Biggest challenge: finding a house big enough to contain all thousand of us! And whipping up Thanksgiving for the crew takes me days.
9. I want to play with the title of one of your films. If you were to say I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, who, today, would you direct that at? The woman who keeps throwing her cigarette butts out of her window and on to my balcony. It’s so rude and clueless and it’s really driving me crazy. I keep waiting outside my door to catch her red-handed in the act, but she keeps managing to evade me, but I know it’s her. I might have to hire a private detective to bust her out.
10. What is something you have not revealed in a previous interview that you would like to tell us now? I love to talk to myself. Really, it’s my favorite pastime and I do it on the regular. Often my husband will think I’m on the phone talking to a friend, but nope, it’s just me going over some things with myself. Sometimes I crack myself up too. I’m a really good audience for my own jokes.
More on Kim:
Kim Wayans hails from the famous Wayans family, with other famous comedy stars as siblings, including Keenan Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans. She got her start in the entertainment business doing stand-up at comedy clubs in LA. She is best known for her numerous roles on In Living Color and for playing “Tonia Harris” on In the House. She co-starred in Juwanna Mann and in A Low Down Dirty Shame. She also had a recurring role on A Different World. She was a story editor on her brother Damon’s sitcom My Wife and Kids. She also co-wrote a series of books with her husband, Kevin Knotts, called Amy Hodgepodge, about a multiracial girl adjusting to life in public school after years of homeschooling. She stretched her dramatic acting chops in the film Pariah. She appeared on stage in a one-woman play she wrote, A Handsome Woman Retreats.