John Henton and Don McEnery perform this week at Tahoe’s South Shore
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
When he’s on stage, John Henton makes it look easy. He engages his audience in a way that makes members of the crowd feel like good friends. Henton is best known for his sitcoms “The Hughleys” on ABC and “Living Single” on FOX. He will perform with Don McEnery this week at the Improv at Harveys.
John is truly a nice guy. He is very patient, too, and will listen to everybody after a show — answering their questions and posing for pictures. Plus, he’s always in good spirits. He also has some very funny stories from being on the road coast to coast.
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but his behind-the-scene stories are the funniest — like the time an attractive woman in her 20s approached Henton after a show and asked if she could take a picture with him. John was more than happy to oblige, and then she said, “You’re that guy who was on ‘Living Single,’ right? Oh my, my mother loved that show!” Her mother! Henton played Overton “Obie” Wakefield Jones on “Living Single.” He received an NAACP Image Award for his work on “The Hughleys” in addition to being nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, proving that Henton could cross boundaries with the roles he perfected.
John has appeared on many other television shows, including ABC’s “The View,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and more. Henton is also one of a handful of comedians who appeared on “The Tonight Show” both with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. On his first night with Johnny, the legendary late-night host was so impressed with his set that he called Henton over to the couch, which was every comic’s dream. When Carson asked him if he had an agent yet, and Henton said, “No,” Carson said, “Well you will after tonight.” It was a performance that Henton says gave his career “a serious jump-start.” Soon after, he appeared on “The Bob Hope Young Comedian’s Special” and eventually got his own special, “John Henton: Comedy With An Attitude” on Showtime.
In addition to performing in theaters and comedy clubs, Henton has been in demand on the high seas, working cruise ships with some pretty good headliners — including Little Richard, Paul Rodriguez, the Gap Band, the Pointer Sisters, Kool & the Gang, Kenny Loggins and Kenny G. One of John’s favorite gigs, though, has been performing overseas in Kuwait for our men and women in uniform.
Comedian Don McEnery has a long history of stand-up comedy dating back to his years living in New York City. Every time I talk to a comic from that area, inevitably, his name will pop up. I always thought he was from California because of his laid-back persona, but he’s always been that way — both on and off stage. He has a great command of the English language, which also makes him a good writer for both the small and big screen.
As a writer Don received an Emmy nomination for writing an episode of “Seinfeld.” He also received an Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing award for his contribution in the animated feature, “A Bug’s Life.” Other writing credits include Disney’s “Hercules and Sony Picture’s “Stuart Little III.” He’s opened for Howie Mandel, Don McClain and Tower of Power.
Learn more about Don McEnery’s work at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0568490.
Howie Nave is the MC at the Improv at Harveys. The comedy club is inside Harveys Lake Tahoe. Shows begin at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and tickets are $25 plus fees, except Saturdays. Tickets are $30 on Saturdays. The Improv is dark on Mondays and Tuesdays. Must be 21 or older to attend. More information is available by calling 775-586-6266.
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