Born and raised in New York City, Kim Wayans moved to Los Angeles after graduating from college. She knocked around doing stand-up comedy and small
parts on television before getting her big break on FOX's "In Living Color," the groundbreaking sketch comedy show created by her brother, Keenen Ivory
Wayans, and featuring brothers Damon, Shawn, and Marlon. On the show, Kim was known for her music video parodies and for the many original
characters she created such as the popular Benita ("I ain't one to gossip, but ...") Butrell. Kim next co-starred on the NBC series "In the House," opposite LL
Cool J. She followed that with guest stints on various TV sitcoms and parts in feature films including "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking
Your Juice in The Hood," "A Low Down Dirty Shame," and "Juwanna Man" co-starring Vivica A. Fox.
Looking to expand creatively, Kim moved behind the camera and added producing, writing, and directing to her resume working on the ABC sitcom, "My Wife
and Kids." In late 2007 and early 2008, Kim took to the stage where she wowed Los Angeles audiences with her dynamic one-woman show, 'A Handsome
Woman Retreats.' Having a difficult time finding worthwhile roles, Kim took a cue from her brothers; she put pen to paper and wrote herself a show. Based
on her experiences growing up in the projects and surviving in the jungles of Hollywood, "A Handsome Woman Retreats" had its world premier in October
2007. Favorable word of mouth about the show continues to spread. Since the premiere, Kim has performed the show as part of the 2008 Los Angeles
Women's Theatre Festival and as a headlining feature at The Cleveland Playhouse's FusionFest 2008. In June, Kim was thrilled to bring her show to her
hometown of New York City as part of the SoloNOVA Arts Festival at PS 122.
Kim is also the author (along with her husband, Kevin Knotts) of the new children's book series,
"Amy Hodgepodge." The series follows the daily challenges and triumphs of Amy, a young girl
of mixed-race. Amy presents a relatable face and gives a much needed voice to the growing
population of mixed-race children worldwide. The first two books in the series,All Mixed Up! and
Happy Birthday to Me hit bookshelves in June, 2008. Two additional Amy Hodgepodge books
are being released in 2008 with more to follow in 2009.
Currently, Kim is seeking support for her new musical, "Hello, My Friend" (co-authored by The
Jones Twins), the story of three middle-school friends on the brink of womanhood.
For up-to-date information on appearances and performances, Kim encourages those
interested to check out her Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/KimWayans
or follow her on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KIMWAYANS
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