Gary Owen

Hugely popular among black audiences, comedian Gary Owen is not black. In fact, he’s kind of pasty pale even for a white guy. Still, he won Funniest Black Comedian in San Diego (that’s an actual competition), and has worked onstage and in film with well-known African-American comics such as the Wayans Brothers, Mike Epps and Kevin Hart.

He was a regular on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. “People stop me — usually black people — and ask me what Tyler Perry is really like,” Owen says in a clip on the Comedy Shaq Internet channel. “I said I don’t know, I’m not fucking up that check! If Tyler is hungry, I say, ‘I could eat, too.’ If Tyler says, ‘I’m cold,’ I say, ‘It is a bit chilly inside.’”

8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Improv, 7620 Katy Freeway. For information, call 713-333-8800 or visit improvhouston.com. $22 to $32.
Thu., July 31, 8 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 1, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 2, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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