Marlon Wayans wears many hats but makes sure the stand-up is mixed

Marlon Wayans is much more than a comedian – he acts, writes, directs and produces – but he makes a point of standing tall in the mix.

Telling comedic jokes and stories on stage helps fuel all of these other pursuits, he said.

“I just want to get better,” Wayans said in a phone interview. “It allows me to get better at while doing one thing – it works on character, it works on performance, memorization, improvisation – all the things you need as an actor.

“I try to see where I can grow. I’ve been doing this for 30 years and I’m getting better.

Wayans wraps up a four-city tour through Texas as part of his “Microphone Fiend” tour with a Saturday stop at the Aztec Theater in San Antonio.

He derives more from being on stage than just sharper skills, he said.

“It’s a rush,” he said. “It’s like surfing with the crowd, with the public, at every concert. You just don’t want to annihilate.

While he’s on the road, Wayans has a bunch of other things on his plate, including an upcoming movie for Netflix.

Marlon Wayans, who starred in the 2000 horror spoof ‘Scary Movie’ (pictured), is now filming a Halloween comedy for Netflix.

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“It’s a Halloween comedy where the Halloween decorations come to life, and my daughter and I have to save the town,” he said. ” It’s really funny. And then I work on some specials, then I write some scripts.

Marlone Wayans

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Aztec Theater, 104 S. St. Mary’s St.

Details: Tickets $49-$69 at livenation.com


Wayans also has a development deal with HBO Max, which airs a few relatively new specials. “Marlon Wayans: You Know What It Is” has him talking about fatherhood and fidelity, among other things. And “Marlon Wayans Presents: The Headliners” focuses on other comics.

“All the guys that opened for me over the years, I opened for them, and they were the stars,” he said. “It was nice.”

The special includes DC Ervin, Tony Baker, Sydney Castillo and Esau McGraw.

“These guys are ready for a bigger platform,” Wayans said. “You just want to give them the opportunity to go score, play in front of huge crowds and on HBO Max and really expand their audience.”

The “Headliners” line also includes Wayans’ niece, Chaunté Wayans. This continues the Wayans family’s propensity for working together, an effort that has produced such projects as the “In Living Color” television series and “The Wayans Brothers” and the “White Chicks” movies and the “Scary Movie” franchise.

“It’s the most fun, because you’re going to work and do what you love with who you love,” he said.

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