John Witherspoon

Though probably best known for his role as Pops in the 1990s show The Wayans Brothers, John Witherspoon has been performing often hilariously profane standup since the 1970s. (One of the young comics he befriended in those days, the now famous David Letterman, is godfather to Witherspoon’s kids.) Witherspoon embraces newer technology, like his low-budget Internet series Cooking for Poor People, which he hosts from a run-down, tiny kitchen. ''If drinking a glass of wine gives you good health, what about ten?'' he ponders — while drinking — in an episode where he makes chicken feet and rice. ''This is a good, cheap-ass dinner,'' he proclaims. Why isn't this man on the Food Network? Witherspoon's Houston stint includes a special New Year's Eve show. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Monday. Houston Improv, 7620 Katy Freeway.
Dec. 28-31, 2012


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