Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Fake Arsenio Hall: Part 2 The Beginning....



I've been derelict in my duty. I carelessly gave an icon only a passing phrase, when he deserved so much more. That person of course is Fake Arsenio Hall played by Keenan Ivory Wayans...

Long story short. Keenan Ivory Wayans and Arsenio were on the comedy circuit together and became fast friends. The two seemed to still hit it off during the early days of their new found popularity. The two were chief members of "The Black Pack." As Keenan earned success as a writer with "I'm Gonna Get You Sucka" Hall had filmed "Coming to America" and was starting to get into the talk show racket. Where these friends obviously parted ways is unknown. And to make matters worse, the Pop Culture Idiot Investigative Team has been rolling snake eyes in regards to solid answers.



As the picture shows, Keenan pulled out all the stops with his cartoonish teeth, replica flat top fade and the final insult, a fake gigantic prosthetic rear end. Wayans did two or three skits featuring Big A and then Hall did the short work as he became that best Arsenio Hall parody of them all....


It wasn't so easy was it Mr. Clean? In the 1997-1998 season Wayans tried his hand at the talk show deal with the Keenan Ivory Wayans show. Wayans was in battle with the long-gone Vibe and Keenan couldn't get the A list guests, after a while Arsenio went through the same thing.






A clip of Wayans talking to his former Fly Girl Jennifer Lopez...
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