John Witherspoon

We’re not sure if John Witherspoon tells jokes exactly, but we do know that the bowtied entertainer is very animated. To begin his recent Showtime special You Got to Coordinate, Witherspoon danced onto the stage screaming quotes from some films he’s made cameos in, including Friday and Next Friday, yelling, “Don’t no one go into the bathroom for about 35, 45 minutes! Open the window! Yeah, boo-ey!” and then, “Put some hot sauce on my burrito, baby, ‘cause it sure tastes good to me.” He then launched into a subject as tried and true to comedians as bowel movements: airport security. Told his cologne had to be confiscated, he responded, “Like I’m going to hijack a plane with a little bottle of cologne!” Witherspoon then got in one last spray — mostly on his crotch and ass.

Witherspoon has also made appearances on TV shows (Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Boondocks) and is known as a close personal friend of David Letterman. So, we guess it’s safe to consider him a comic. Decide whether he’s a comedian or just a repetitive weirdo at 8 p.m. today. The Improv, 7620 Katy Freeway. Witherspoon also performs at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10. For tickets and information, call 713-333-8800 or visit $22 to $25.
Thu., May 8, 8:30 p.m.; Fri., May 9, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., May 10, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sun., May 11, 7:30 p.m., 2008

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