Cast members came and went during the run of In Living Color. Some earlier cast members continued to appear in later seasons so later casts also include some previous years‘ cast members.
Jim Carrey, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier and T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh were the only cast members for all five seasons.
Chris Rock was never an official cast member on In Living Color, but did appear (as a „special guest star“) in a number of skits in the fifth season, and reprised his „Cheap Pete“ character from I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. In the early years of In Living Color, Rock was parodied as being the only African American cast member on Saturday Night Live (SNL also had Tim Meadows). In an SNL skit honoring Mother’s Day, Rock’s mother jokes that she is disappointed in him for being on SNL, and asks „Has In Living Color called yet?“
Other recurring guest stars in the fifth season include Nick Bakay (for The Dirty Dozens sketches) and Peter Marshall (ringmaster for several loopy editions of Hollywood Squares). Rapper Biz Markie also appeared in various roles as a guest star in the fifth season, such as being (not too much) in drag as Wanda the Ugly Woman’s sister or as „Dirty Dozens“ contestant Damian „Foosball“ Franklin.
The Fly Girls troupe had many members over In Living Color‘s five-season run. The original lineup consisted of Cari French, Carrie Ann Inaba, Deidre Lang, Lisa Marie Todd, and Michelle Whitney-Morrison. Rosie Perez was the choreographer for the first four seasons.
Sometimes the Fly Girls could be used as extras in sketches, or be part of an opening gag. In one sketch, they were shown performing open-heart surgery (in the sketch, the girls are dancing in order to pay their way through medical school).
In the fifth season Arthur Rainer became the main choreographer with Lisa Joann Thompson and Deidre Lang as assistant choreographers.