Wayans cancels tour dates because of diabetes

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Wayans at the Improv in Houston in 2007

The entertainment website and TV show TMZ reported that Damon Wayans is postponing standup comedy dates because of “a medical emergency” related to his diabetes.

He was supposed to perform Saturday at the Kansas City Improv Theater in Missouri, but TMZ reported the comedian is unable to fly because of his illness.

In a 2014 article, Wayans told the Charlotte Observer that he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in early 2013.

“It tripped me out. My sugar was at 538 … The beautiful thing about having family that has diabetes is knowing what  not to do. I got an uncle that thinks insulin is supposed to enable him to eat cake. He’s standing over the dessert tray with his needle locked and loaded. He doesn’t even use the alcohol swab. He just sticks the needle straight through his clothes.”

Wayans told the Observer he started with a paleo diet and apparently swore off insulin.

“I was at the hospital, and they said, ‘Don’t worry about nothing. You can still eat whatever you want, just take your insulin.’ I’m from the streets of New York. I know a drug deal when I hear one.”

Wayans had retired from standup, but used his diabetes as a reason to keep from being “negative and self-absorbed.”

 Photo credit: Ed Schipul from Houston, TX, US


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