Marlon Wayans Reacts to Drama Among Black Comics Like Katt Williams and More: 'I Don't Like the Disharmony' (Exclusive)

The actor and comedian weighs in on drama in the world of Black comedy, like that discussed in Katt Williams' Club Shay Shay interview earlier this year

<p>Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty; Johnny Louis/Getty</p> Marlon Wayans and Katt Williams

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Marlon Wayans and Katt Williams

Marlon Wayans is singing "No More Drama."

The actor and comedian, 51, whose new standup special Good Grief hits Prime Video on June 4, opened up to PEOPLE in this week's issue about the buzzed-about discord amongst some top Black comedians.

"I think this is a gentleman's game," says Wayans. "It's comedy. I don't like all of the disharmony."

Much of the disharmony he speaks of came to the surface following comedian Katt Williams' appearance on Shannon Sharpe's podcast Club Shay Shay this past January. During the fiery interview, Williams detailed his disdain for multiple top comedians like Kevin Hart, Rickey Smiley, Cedric The Entertainer and more.

<p>Club Shay Shay/ Youtube</p>

Club Shay Shay/ Youtube

"He thought I was just a no-name comedian and he could take this joke and nobody would know," Williams told Sharpe of Cedric, alleging he caught the comedian performing one of his jokes without asking or giving credit. "The issue was that I had already done this particular joke on BET's Comic View twice."

But while Williams' candid comments caused the podcast episode to go viral, Wayans says he's not a fan of the drama.

"I think for comedy and Black comedy," says Wayans, "it's important for people to see love, respect and laughter. Not everybody has that experience but that's the experience that I come from."

He continues, "I'm not going to sit there and talk bad, even if I have a problem with somebody, I'll probably call them up and have a sit down. And if there is a beef with Dave or Kat or somebody, I'll be the first to get on the phone with Dave and call Kat's people, me and Rick Grant like, 'Yo, let's set a meeting.'"

Robert C. Mora/WireImage Shawn, Marlon, Kim, Damon and Keenen Wayans
Robert C. Mora/WireImage Shawn, Marlon, Kim, Damon and Keenen Wayans

For Wayans, it's about setting a loving example as he and his siblings have always tried to do.

"To see our heroes fight, I don't think that's why we're here," he says. "We are here to be examples, not just in the industry, but with our behavior. We're here to be examples for those coming up behind us."

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And the comedian reveals he and brother Shawn Wayans, along with their adult sons, are in the process of putting together a podcast to do just that. "I think it is needed."

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