Think Like a Man
actor Gary Owen
had a rocky start. “Trying to get stage time in San Diego, I was only getting one show a week,” says the comic, who caught wind of “quote-unquote black spots” where other white comics wouldn’t play and soon developed a successful following in the venues. The gambit paid off, as Owen has even been named “Black America’s Favorite White Comic” by Ebony Magazine
. That turned into a relationship with BET, which is producing his self--titled series this month. Reflecting back, Owen wagers that “being himself” was vital to finding fans, and he’s bringing the real deal to Houston this weekend. “Here’s what I learned: I’d see white guys go up at the black rooms and not be themselves; they’d become a character. Black audiences saw right through that. I’ve always been me onstage, and they’ve embraced it.” 8 p.m. October 13, 8 and 10:30 p.m. October 14, 7 and 9:30 p.m. October 15, 7:30 p.m. October 16. Houston Improv, 7620 Katy Freeway. For information, call 713-333-8800 or visit improvhouston.com
. $40 to $50.