Although he earned a scholarship to study engineering at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, he left the school to pursue his dream of being an entertainer.
While performing stand-up in the mid 1980s, Wayans met fellow comedian Eddie Murphy, and the duo collaborated to write Murphy's film, in 1990.
All his hard work, dedication and passion have taken his fame to a new level.
He has been one of the successful directors with large number of fan following.
However, he dropped out in his final year to become a comedian.
Wayans is one of several family members who have become famous in Hollywood, including his siblings Damon, Kim, Nadia, Shawn, Jon and Marlon.
Until the Tim Story's Fantastic Four in 2005 surpassed the record of Wayans as the successful African American to direct the highest-grossing movie, he was the very first African-American director to direct the super hit film Scary Movie (2000).
Keenen Ivory Wayans has recently appeared as a judge for the eighth season of Last Comic Standing.
Instead, the family found ways to entertain each other?? Like many young aspiring comedians of that era, Wayans was inspired by Richard Pryor, and decided at an early age that he wanted to become a comedian.In the mean while, Wayans co-starred and co-wrote the movie Hollywood Shuffle.The success of the movie helped him to collect the money for the making of I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.In order to focus on comedy, Wayans dropped out of school one semester before graduation.His initial set performing was at The Improv in New York where he met Robert Townsend, who helped him to gain knowledge of the comedy business.