After five years on the Fox hit television series
"Living Single," John Henton has earned a name for
himself as one of today's leading comic talents. Through the lovable
and sensible character of "Overton Wakefield Jones," Henton
has found a loyal and endearing following.
As seen at an appearance on Comedy Central's
Premium Blend, Henton's appeal goes beyond the character he played on
television as he captivated the audience with his observational and
topical humor. John Henton has returned to series television on
the ABC comedy "The Hughleys." Now with the character of
Milsap, he continues his success into the new millennium.
Born and raised in Cleveland, John never entertained
the thought of a career in comedy. In 1982, while working during the
day and studying computer science at night, he was urged by a
co-worker to try his jokes at a local comedy club's amateur night. By
his second night, he won the amateur night contest and began stand-up
part time. John made the move to Los Angeles in 1985 and by 1988
started his stand-up career full time.
After taking his comedy on the road for a year and
winning the 1991 Johnny Walker National Comedy Search, he was spotted
by "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" comedy executive,
the late Jim McCawley, who booked him for a performance on the show.
As he finished his set, John looked to Carson for
his approval and received much more. He was called over to take a seat
on the coveted couch where Carson asked him if he had an agent. To
John's reply of "no," Carson mugged, "Well you will
after tonight." It was a performance that John says gave his
career a "serious jump-start."
Since then John Henton has made appearances on
"The Arsenio Hall Show" and "Bob Hope's Young
Comedian's Special" as well as returning to "The Tonight
Show with Jay
Leno." In January 1993, he starred in his own
half-hour comedy special for Showtime, "John Henton:
Comedy With An Attitude."
In April of 1993, he was cast in the FOX-TV series
"Living Single" starring
Queen Latifah and Kim Fields
Freeman. The show received stellar ratings and TV Guide selected Henton's character as one of the "break out" characters of
the 1993 fall season. When the show came to an end after five years,
John was proud and pleased with the work he had done on the show.
Even though he is now headlines his own concerts in
venues around the country, John has opened for such big names as Little
Richard, Paul Rodriguez, The GAP
Pointer Sisters, Kool
& The Gang, Kenny
Loggins, Kenny G, etc.
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Born: ..in Ohio
Nov 23, 1960
Raised: ..in Ohio
Based: ..in California
..in Los Angeles