MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) has revealed that multi-talented US actor, producer, stand-up comedian, writer and film director Marlon Wayans will be the official host for the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards.
Taking place at the ICC, Durban on 7 June, The MTV Africa Music Awards is brought to you by KwaZulu-Natal Province in association with Absolut and The City of Durban. South AfricaN Tourism is also a partner to the MAMA.
Marlon Wayans first found fame with the TV show “In Living Color”, the highly acclaimed sketch comedy show that helped launch the careers of such future stars as Jim Carrey and Jamie Foxx. He also co-starred in the comedy sitcom “The Wayans Bros”, a largely autobiographical show based on the brothers’ real relationship and personalities.
As a stand-up comedian, Wayans continues to sell out venues across the US. Recently, Wayans’ comedy took a new turn with the launch of his first online venture, “What The Funny” with internet serial entrepreneur and Funny Or Die co-founder Randy Adams. “What The Funny” serves up urban comedy from established and emerging comedians, writers and actors through its web site at WhatTheFunny.com.
As an actor, Wayan’s movie outings have grossed more than $736-million at the US box office. Wayans is commonly recognized for his role as “Marcus Copeland” in the 2004 hit comedy WHITE CHICKS, opposite Shawn Wayans, Jamie King and Terry Crews. Wayans also starred alongside Shawn Wayans and Regina Hall in the successful spoof horror franchise SCARY MOVIE and SCARY MOVIE 2.
Wayans’ additional film credits include Columbia Pictures’ comedy MO’ MONEY; New Line Cinema’s drama ABOVE THE RIM; Miramax’s parody film DON’T BE A MENACE TO SOUTH CENTRAL WHILE DRINKING YOUR JUICE IN THE HOOD; Touchstone Pictures’ THE SIXTH MAN; Miramax’s SENSELESS; DUNGEONS & DRAGONS; Darren Aronofsky’s hit drama REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, opposite Jared Leto and Jennifer Connolly; The Coen Brothers’ THE LADYKILLERS, opposite Tom Hanks; BEHIND THE SMILE; Columbia Pictures’ LITTLE MAN; DreamWorks’ NORBIT, opposite Eddie Murphy; Paramount Pictures and MTV’s parody film DANCE FLICK; Paramount’s G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, opposite Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; 20th Century Fox’s MARMADUKE; and the hit comedy THE HEAT, opposite Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
Wayans follows in the illustrious footsteps of previous hosts such as Wyclef Jean and Eve, who have hosted earlier MAMA events.