Marlon Wayans: an act not for the easily offended

Andrew Linnabary

If it weren’t for crude humor, Marlon Wayans wouldn’t have much of a show.

Which isn’t to say there weren’t some decent jokes — there were a few, but many were dragged out to the point of exhaustion.

Wayans performed Wednesday night at the Hughes Metroplex to a roughly two-thirds full crowd. Amongst the nearly continuous laughter from the crowd were more than a few groans, given Wayans’ tendency to focus on racist or crude sexual jokes. 

His niece, Chaunté Wayans, opened the performance, and was arguably a stronger act than Marlon. She is a proud lesbian, and focused a large part of her set on her sexuality.

“I don’t want gay marriage,” Chaunté said. “When I used to mess up in my relationships I’d use the fact that it wasn’t legal as my go to. I’d be like, ‘Baby, if gay marriage was legal I’d be marrying you right now.’”

After her twenty-or-so minute set, she introduced Marlon, who jumped out from behind the curtain rapping along to Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares.” 

After his introduction, Wayans quipped, “That’s how we know we’re in Wichita, cause you’re all sitting here silent during the track like, ‘He’s singing poems of the streets.’”

Early in his set, Wayans joked about the weather in Kansas.

“I heard there was a hurricane yesterday, or a tornado. You all are too calm, like, ‘It came, it went.’”

Wayans compared it to the weather in New York. He said he dislikes humidity, leading him to joke for five minutes about sweaty genitalia. 

From there, Wayans then expressed his jealousy of college kids.

“You have so much life ahead of you,” Wayans said. “I failed at school, I failed everything. The only thing I learned was partying.”

Later on, Wayans got on the topic of Prince.

“I loved Prince,” Wayans said. “When I was in college Prince was my foreplay. I didn’t know how to get none. You know Prince was good in bed. He was so little he probably crawled up in there.”

Probably the funniest bit of Wayans’ set was when he got on the topic of the presidential election.

“You know it’s bad when I would actually vote for Kanye West,” Wayans said.

 It goes to show that Wayans can actually be funny without being overtly crude.

“It’s fun to watch white people be embarrassed by white people,” Wayans said. “When Trump talks, people hold their head in their hands like, ‘God, I wish I was black today.’”

At the end of his set, Wayans provided some advice to the crowd of college students. 

“Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be what you want to be,” he said. “Success is all preparation. Success is not a destination. Success is a road that you travel.”

Overall, Wayans’ performance was funny, but not without its warranted groans. For audience members easily insulted or not fans of crude humor, it was probably a miss. For others, it was an offensively good time.