Last night, Bruno Mars did what few artists have had the chance to do, rock the NFL Super Bowl halftime show. Mars followed in the footsteps of the likes of Beyonce, Madonna, Prince, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney and others.
What few people know is that the halftime show that fans have come to love came about after the NFL noticed that a sketch-comedy show on FOX called, “In Living Color” managed to snatch a bulk of their fans when they decided to have their own half-time show of sorts.
In 1992, the popular show put on their own halftime comedy show, while the NFL was having what it called at the time “Winter Magic.”
“The halftime show is the neck of the Super Bowl,” says Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture at Syracuse. “It’s where the broadcast is most vulnerable.” Thompson was speaking of the show’s susceptibility to counterprogramming, such as in 1992, when Fox hijacked 20 million CBS viewers from Super Bowl XXVI’s bland“Winter Magic” halftime with a hilarious episode of In Living Color.
At the time, In Living Color, one of the most popular shows on the network, put on a live show that featured some their signature sketches like the Homeboyz Shopping Network, Fire Marshal Bill, Men On Football. The show closed with a performance from Color Me Badd
In honor of Black History month, we thought it would be dope to post some clips from the show that changed how the NFL looked at their halftime shows. Without further ado, check out In Living Color Super Bowl halftime show