Beats, rhymes and life are three of the corners where hip hop intersects. Few other TV shows have been able to cover all of these angles in-depth and authentically quite like REVOLT TV's "Drink Champs," which thrives on its candid conversations with the biggest and most influential figures in the game. In honor of such a one-of-a-kind show, REVOLT will be recapping each weekly "Drink Champs" episode, so you can always catch the gems that are dropped in each lit interview.
In the latest episode of "Drink Champs;" actor, comedian and filmmaker Marlon Wayans makes his return to the show. The ever-busy entertainer chops it up with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN about his new Netflix film, Sextuplets, in which he assumes six different roles, a feat that puts him in rare territory. Aside from giving us the scoop on the making of the film and what we can expect, Marlon also touched on a myriad of other topics including cancel culture, his growth as a comedian, and his plan to take his career to even higher plateaus.
In addition to Marlon, Jack Thriller also makes an appearance on the show, as the comedian and media personality plays host while getting in on the jokes, making this episode of "Drink Champs" a memorable one.
1. On Playing Six Characters In Sextuplets
In Marlon's new Netflix film, he plays six different characters, a challenging feat, but one he says came naturally. "This is how you know you're meant to do it," the actor says. "It wasn't [a] hard process for me. This is what I'm gifted to do. I seen it as I'm reading the script, I go, 'Oh, here's a voice I can do for this one. Here's the character I'ma make on this one.' ...I'm building the character. So, I know when we say action, I can dip from each character... I improvise in the characters' voice[s]... and work with myself."
2. His Intense Work Schedule
Filming a movie takes a lot of work and according to Marlon, his schedule for Sextuplets was the most hectic it has ever been. "Here was the work schedule...2:30 in the morning, I sit in makeup for seven and a half hours. After... I would work sometimes 16 to 18 hours after... so, we're on 23 hours. Then, they would have the hour and a half to take the makeup off. I would go home [to] sleep for two and a half hours, and have to be back on set to do the same shit the next day."
3. His Quest For Super Stardom
Having been in the spotlight for nearly three decades, Marlon is one of the most recognizable comedians of his generation. However, that hasn't kept him from continuing to put in work to stay up there with the biggest talents in the business, as evidenced by his foray into stand-up comedy. "You're supposed to progress and get better," he explains. "I'm doing stand-up now because this is the glue to get me to superstardom. If you wanna get to the next level, you gotta... reconstruct yourself and recreate a new you... over 30 years, I just keep evolving... I'm a student of the fucking game. That's why I stopped doing parodies... I'm doing stories now that have some emotion in it with these fun characters and this broad humor I can interject inside of that. So, I'm trying to get to superstardom."
4. His Views On Offensive Jokes
In recent years, jokes deemed as offensive have gotten comedians in hot water. Marlon is aware of it, but he doesn't let that keep him from pushing the envelope himself, telling the "Drink Champs" hosts, "I think a good joke [is to]... make the people you're making fun of laugh the loudest." He continues to explain, "If I'm doing nigga jokes and niggas laugh, [in contrary,] if I'm talking about a nigga eye and he ain't laughing, then it's probably a fucked up situation... laughs are inclusive, it's all about how you tell the joke.
5. Using Life Experiences For Inspiration
Many of the most successful comedians were able to draw from their own life experiences and translate that into their routine, a method that Marlon is currently using to elevate his content. "Honestly, I'm getting better at comedy," he admits. "My last eight years of my life... it's a complete change from what I was. So, I think I'm getting better as a comedian and I'm growing as a person because I'm going through more painful shit in my life now than what I did in my earlier years. I'm able to express it in a funny way."
6. Why Damon Wayans Retired From Stand-Up Comedy
Of all of the Wayans brothers, Damon is arguably the most talented comedian in the family and considered one of the greatest comics of his time. However, when asked about Damon's decision to walk away from stand-up comedy, Marlon attributes it to cancel culture and media outrage. "I think because he felt like people are super sensitive," he says. "It's the media... I just think Damon felt like, when he feels it, he'll do it and it'll be worth it. But, right now he's focused on his television show... Damon's getting older, he wants to be home with his grandchildren."
7. His Love For Comedy
Being able to make a living off of your passions is one of the pillars of success. This is something that Marlon acknowledges during his chat with the "Drink Champs." "I love this shit," he says. "I been a comedian since I was four, like, I love making people laugh. There's nothing more fun than making people laugh. I would turn down the baddest bitch for a stage any day... The only thing that comes before my stand-up is... my family. And a few of my friends, but not all them niggas."
8. How Jack Thriller Lost His Sight
Aside from his knack for humor and asking the hard questions during interviews, Jack Thriller is also notorious for his glass eye, which became a topic of conversation during his appearance alongside Marlon, DJ EFN and N.O.R.E. "I was born blind in my left eye," he reveals. "That's what happened for real, my mom was smoking [when she was pregnant] with me. A hot girl summer back in '82 before the City Girls."
9. His Development As A Comedian
Nepotism can help propel ones career, which was the case of Marlon's entry into the entertainment industry. In contrary, it can also stunt your creative growth. He explains to N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN, "When my brothers came out to California, they had 20 years to cultivate themselves into greatness." He continued, "When me and Shawn started doing it, Shawn was in L.A. [doing] 'In Living Color.' When I came on, I had 'Mo' Money' and then 'In Living Color,' but understand, we didn't have the time to cultivate ourselves into being great individual comedians yet. You met Marlon when he first came in the game now, you're meeting Marlon 20, 30 years later..."
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