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Keenen Ivory Wayans to Receive Honor at Austin Film Festival

Actor/comedian Keenen Ivory Wayans attends the after party for "JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE" and the grand opening of Mr. Chow at Caesars Palace on January 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Actor/comedian Keenen Ivory Wayans attends the after party for “JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE” and the grand opening of Mr. Chow at Caesars Palace on January 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

*Comedian/filmmaker Keenen Ivory Wayans will be among the honorees this year at the annual Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference, reports Deadline.

Wayans, who created, launched, and hosted the landmark 1990s variety series “In Living Color,” will receive AFF’s Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award.

The ceremony will take place during the Festival’s 25th Anniversary, which runs from Oct. 26 to Nov. 2.

Acclaimed filmmaker Walter Hill (“The Warriors,” “48 Hrs.,” HBO’s “Deadwood”) will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award during the festival.

Wayans and Hill join previously announced Distinguished Screenwriter award recipient Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester By The Sea”).

Wayans’ Emmy-winning “In Living Color” broke racial barriers with scathing social humor while introducing other household names including Damon Wayans, Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, and Jennifer Lopez.

Outside of television, Wayans has had a successful career writing, directing, and acting in films. He co-wrote 1987’s “Hollywood Shuffle” with actor/director Robert Townsend and wrote, directed, and starred in 1989’s blaxploitation parody “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.” He also directed the successful horror spoof “Scary Movie.”

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