John Witherspoon

Most comedians have T-shirts and CDs; John Witherspoon has greeting cards. There's Watch the Throne, drawn by Reuben Cheatem, showing Witherspoon in his infamous pants-around-the-ankles pose on a toilet, referencing his appearance in the Friday film series with co-star Ice Cube. We don't see Ice Cube in Watch the Throne; instead, it's a smirking Kanye West handing him a roll of toilet paper while a laughing Jay-Z sprays air freshener. On the bathroom wall behind them hangs a portrait of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. That's typical of Witherspoon's humor — rough, raucous and aimed at a specific audience.

8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Houston Improv Comedy Club, 7620 Katy Freeway. For information, call 713-333-8800 or visit improvhouston.com. $22 to $35.
Aug. 1-4, 2013

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