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Comedian connects the dots with Tahoe appearance

Howie Nave
Howie hopes John Henton had a happy Halloween.
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John Henton is one person I could see spending Christmas with, but lucky for him, he is here a little too early for the holiday.

He was up here for Halloween, and that freaked him out when I dressed up as a chick: That alone was enough to make him not want to spend Christmas together. Henton is by far one of our favorites up here. He just sort of makes you laugh even before he sets up the jokes.

You know how some comics just lead you to the funny, and then you start to connect the dots and start laughing before the comic gets there? Such is the case with John Henton. He’s one of those rare comics who can say he got to perform on both “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

His television credits go back when he appeared on “Bob Hope’s Young Comedians Special” in addition to starring in his own half-hour comedy special for Showtime called “John Henton: Comedy With An Attitude.” Henton also performed on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” but is probably best-known for the Fox TV series “Living Single,” starring Queen Latifah. The show received stellar ratings, and TV Guide selected Henton’s character as one of the breakout characters of the season.

And if that wasn’t enough, Henton would garner further recognition when he signed up to play Milsap Morris on the sitcom “The Hughleys.” That show gave Henton a huge and loyal following, even to this day. When “The Hughleys” moved to UPN during its third season, it was the anchoring program for the fledgling network and stayed there for another two years.

The NAACP recognized Henton’s body of work in 2001 and 2002 with Image Award nominations for best supporting actor in a comedy series.

His appeal goes beyond the characters he plays on television as he captivates audiences with his observational and topical humor. He continues to be a favorite on talk shows with appearances on “The View,” “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and numerous other talk shows.

Although Henton lives in Los Angeles, he will always call Cleveland home. He’s sharpening his golf skills before winter sets in, but the Southern California winter is pretty much like our fall, so golf all year? Lucky. Anyway, when you see Henton this week go up to him and ask, “What, what?”

Mike Dugan among comedy’s aristocracy

Comedian/actor/author Mike Dugan worked with comedian/director Paul Provenza (“The Aristocrats”) for a U.S. tour of “Men Fake Foreplay” based on Dugan’s book of the same name.

“There’s no shortage of male comics that make fun of women and female comics that make fun of men, but there are very few male comics saying, ‘Yeah, women have their idiosyncrasies, but they’re actually pretty cool,'” he explains. “You don’t need to complain about men leaving the toilet seat up or women getting PMS to explore human relationships in a way that’s going to make people laugh.”

Is this all true? Well, you’ll have to read the book, which he’ll have available after the shows. Dugan has performed to critical acclaim in London, Paris, Amsterdam and the prestigious Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

Before that, he won an Emmy Award as a writer for comedian Dennis Miller on HBO (“Before he became a fascist,” Dugan said with a laugh) and the San Francisco International Stand Up Comedy Competition a few years back. He also has appeared on “The Tonight Show” with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. Dugan received nominations for both a Cable ACE and WGA award as well.


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