“It’s literally based on my life,” says Marlon on his new sitcom

“Marlon” will premiere Wednesday, August 16 on NBC at 9:00 pm.

Marlon Wayans as Marlon, Essence Atkins as Ashley

“It’s like someone put an IV into my vein and took everything and put it on the screen,” shares actor, producer, comedian, writer/director, Marlon Wayans, whose relationship served as inspiration for his upcoming self-titled sitcom “Marlon.”

The series, slated to debut August 16, is loosely inspired by the real life of star Marlon (“In Living Color,” “Scary Movie”) and is a family comedy about a loving, but sometimes inappropriate, father committed to co-parenting his kids with his ex‑wife, Ashely, played by Essence Atkins.

“It’s literally based on my life, my relationship with my kids, my relationship with their mom,” says the actor who says his own kids describe him as ‘Inappropriate.’

“I’ve gotten kicked out of, like, three of my sons’ games because I love sports. I love my son, but I love sports, and I just hate seeing injustice in sports.  I got kicked out of one of my son’s games at my daughter’s school.  So, I embarrassed them both at one time.”

(l-r) Marlon Wayans as Marlon, Essence Atkins as Ashley, Amir O'Neil as Zackery, Boris Kodjoe as Devon, Notlim Taylor as Marley

Woefully copying the formula of other self-titled series based upon a comedian’s actual circumstances, much of the series revolves around Marlon, who is well known for his unapologetic humor and the ability to poke fun at literally anything, and his very-together ex-wife Ashley and their two kids. While his misguided fatherly advice, unstoppable larger-than-life personality and unpredictable Internet superstardom might get in the way sometimes, for Marlon family really always does come first.

“I’ve always dreamt of doing television and doing my own show since I was watching “The Honeymooners” in my bed as a child and watching “I Love Lucy” and going, “Man, I want to do a show that, a hundred years from now, people are still laughing at some of the things that I did.”

For writer and executive producer Christopher Moynihan, a series which pairs realism and comedy was his mission.  “We’ve made an effort to go through the stories and make sure he could pull something out of his life, something that was real to him.  And yeah, we have to build it into a story, but that anecdote that you see in the show is exactly his life.”

Bresha Webb, Diallo Riddle also star in the series. Webb plays Ashely’s best friend Yvette, while Riddle sprinkles more comic relief as the guy sleeping on his couch for the last two years. An actual character in Marlon’s life.

“He’s based on one of my best friends from college, Steve, who moved out to California. He said, ‘I’m going to stay with you just for a couple of weeks.’  Four years later the man was still on my couch!”

“Marlon” will premiere Wednesday, August 16 on NBC at 9:00 pm

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