A Damon Wayans Jr

A Damon Wayans Jr

Damon Wayans Jr


Damon Wayans Jnr is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, singer, and writer. He is known for playing Jake Harper on the television sitcom New Girl. The character is loosely based on Wayans's brother Damon Ryan who, like Wayans, has been engaged in a comedy career since the 1980s.


Damon started doing stand-up comedy in 1982. His earliest film appearance was a brief cameo as an effeminate hotel employee in the Eddie Murphy film of 1984, Beverly Hills Cop. From 1985 to 1986, he appeared on Saturday Night Live as a featured performer, before getting fired after just eleven episodes for improvising during a live sketch, playing his character as a flamboyant gay cop instead of a straight cop. (Damon continued this sketch character in his family created show In Living Color on Fox Television, in 1990, as the flamboyant gay character, Blaine Edwards, an obvious hat tip to Blake Edwards of movies starring The Pink Panther.) Wayans later claimed that he wanted to be fired due to lack of creative freedom and screen time. Wayans further explained that Lorne Michaels did not want Wayans to do too much too soon and begin drawing comparisons to Eddie Murphy who had just left the show.

Damon Wayans, Jr. was born into comedy. The son of funnyman Damon Wayans and nephew of "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-94) and the "Scary Movie" (2000) franchise creator Keenen Ivory Wayans, as well as movie stars Sean the actor made his feature film debut in 2009's "Dance Flick," a film that skewered the teen dance movie genre. Aside from acting, Wayans also made a name for himself as a successful television writer and stand-up comic in the time-honored tradition of several members of his famous family. Wayans, Jr. ultimately wrestled out from underneath this considerable shadow with his star-making turn on the quirky hit sitcom, "Happy Endings" (ABC, 2011-13), where he proved the apple did not fall far from the tree when it came to scene-stealing and making people laugh. (Source: www.rottentomatoes.com)





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