The holiday season may be about family, but when you’re spending it in Sin City, it can be easy to forget they even exist.
“I kind of forget I have kids when I’m in Las Vegas,” Shawn Wayans told rootshed.com. “That should be Vegas’ new slogan: ‘When you’re in Vegas, you forget you have kids!’”
Performing at The Orleans Dec. 29 and 30 with his brother Marlon, Wayans admitted he likes to let loose when he’s in Vegas—even if it is the holiday season. A self-proclaimed “creature of habit,” Wayans said he likes to hit up Spearmint Rhino whenever he’s in town and check out the city’s many nightclubs. He also enjoys eating at Nobu inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
“I like to eat at places where you can get good food—it’s just more fun,” Wayans said. “There’s nothing worse than crappy food. Vegas needs to open a Mr Chow, though.”
Yes, even in a culinary city like Las Vegas, there are some restaurants that haven’t opened yet. Luckily, one of Wayans’ other favorites recently opened on the Strip in front of Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas—although that’s not quite the location he’d like it to be at.
“I’d like to see a Pinkberry open next to Crazy Horse III,” Wayans said. “That way I can eat my frozen yogurt while seeing some titties. Restaurants don’t really have the type of desserts I like—they’re too rich—so I’d rather go to Pinkberry for some frozen yogurt instead.”
With the New Year right around the corner, those whose resolution may be to get in shape might wonder what Wayans does to keep his fit frame. Besides avoiding rich desserts, Wayans said he works out “five or six days a week,” doesn’t drink a lot and takes a “slew of vitamins and supplements” to keep himself feeling good.
Of course, his “high energy” stand-up show probably keeps him trim as well. Although probably best known for his work alongside his brother Marlon on the Scary Movie films and as DJ SW-1 on “In Living Color,” Wayans actually got his start in stand-up comedy, performing when he was just 17 years old.
“I wasn’t even out of high school yet,” Wayans recalled.
Despite his success on the big screen (in addition to Scary Movie 1 and 2, Wayans has starred in such hit comedies as White Chicks, Dance Flick and Littleman), Wayans has been doing a lot of stand-up lately, going on the road “twice a month” and performing in L.A. sometimes “one or two times a week.” When asked why he keeps returning to the stage, Wayans said it was simple.
“I couldn’t be a screenwriter, a TV creator or anything else without stand-up,” he replied. “For me, stand-up helps me be on the cutting edge of what’s funny and keeps my mind sharp. It’s a comedic gym—it works your muscles.”
When asked what fans could expect from his Vegas performance alongside Marlon, Wayans stated, “just fun, honest comedy. Comedy that’s in your face—no punches pulled.”
While performing alongside his brother is nothing out of the ordinary, one may wonder how the Wayans clan manages to mix business and family so successfully. When asked what the secret to their success was, Wayans just said that, in the end, “family always takes precedence over business.”
“Our family is interesting,” he noted. “We respect what each other does. All of us does something well and brings something unique to the table. It’s not that we don’t disagree from time to time, but at the end of the day, everything comes back to family.”
When asked if he was the closest with Marlon having worked so closely with him over the years, Wayans surprisingly said no.
“I’m close with everybody,” he replied. “Marlon and I are the closest in age, though, so we share a lot of the same references and life experiences. There were so many of us, that we kind of grew up in the house together as pairs because our family is so big: Damon and Keenen, me and Marlon…we watched the same cartoons and played the same video games.”
Given how close their family is, it’s only natural to wonder what type of family traditions the Wayans have during the holiday season.
“Since we are such a big family, it’s hard to get together every year,” Wayans stated. “So usually we’ll have Christmas with our own family units, but every couple of years we’ll have a huge Christmas where we’ll buy lots of gifts for the kids. For Thanksgiving, we try to have dinner at someone’s house, but Christmas is usually scaled down. I ain’t buying any of them s&%t this year (laughs).”
As for New Year’s resolutions, Wayans admitted he didn’t have any just yet.
“I haven’t quite figured that out,” he said. “I’ll think about it more after Christmas—how I want to do better in the New Year.”
Wayans already has a pretty busy 2013 planned. In addition to touring the world with his stand-up comedy (“I’ll be in Australia in May,” he said), he’s working on writing a new movie. When asked what his thoughts were on the Scary Movie franchise continuing without him and his brother (the fifth installment comes out in April), Wayans admitted he doesn’t keep up with the series anymore.
“That’s something we did way back, and I’m happy to say we did the good ones,” he replied. “I’ve been trying to figure out what direction they’re taking the series in and I finally figured it out—an unfunny one (laughs).”
As for rumors of a possible “In Living Color” reboot, sadly, Wayans said he wasn’t sure if that was going to happen anymore, but that if it did, he and his brother Marlon would surely “be involved.”
For now, the Wayans brothers are just keeping busy with their respective projects (Marlon’s new film, A Haunted House, hits theaters Jan. 11, while G.I. Joe: Retaliation releases in theaters in March) while simultaneously joining the ranks of great comedians sure to inspire future generations of up-and-coming comics. Because if there’s one thing that’s in this family’s DNA, it’s how to make people laugh.
Shawn and Marlon Wayans perform Dec. 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. inside The Orleans. Tickets start at just $39.95, plus tax and convenience fees. To reserve your seats, call 702-365-7075 or simply click here.