About John Henton
John Henton will never forget where it all started…on the road. John continues performing in clubs, writing new jokes, and traveling the country, but recently took a break to appear in a guest role on a Hannah Montana episode.
Back in July of 2005, John performed at the Montreal International Comedy Festival – Just For Laughs. Initially scheduled for one performance at their “Uptown Comedy Show,” John had the audience in so much laughter, that he was asked to perform at the second show. John has also paired up with former Living Single co-star Kim Coles and together they have delighted audiences as well.
After having nine successful years on network television, John Henton established a name for himself as one of today’s leading comic talents. He is fortunate to be among an elite group of actors who found success on the small screen. He found a loyal and endearing following through the lovable and sensible character of ”Overton Wakefield Jones” on the FOX hit sitcom Living Single, and the loyalty continued with fans embracing the character of ”Milsap” on the sitcom, The Hughleys. For its third season, The Hughleys moved to UPN, and contributed to the network’s very successful Monday night line-up. The Hughleys wrapped its fourth and final season in spring 2002. John’s stellar television work has not gone unnoticed, as he was recognized in 2001 and 2002 with an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
After taking his comedy on the road for a year and winning the 1991 Johnny Walker National Comedy Search, Henton was spotted by The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson comedy executive, the late Jim McCawley, who booked him for a performance on the show. As he finished his set, Henton looked to Carson for his approval and received much more. Henton was called over to take a seat on the coveted couch where Carson asked him if he had an agent. To Henton’s reply of “no,” Carson mugged, “Well, you will after tonight.” It was a performance that Henton says gave his career a “serious jump-start.”
Since then, Henton has made appearances on The Arsenio Hall Show and Bob Hope’s Young Comedians Special, as well as returning to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
In January 1993, Henton starred in his own half-hour comedy special for Showtime; John Henton: Comedy With An Attitude,and performed on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend to an overwhelming audience response. He continues to be a favorite on talk shows with appearances on Weekends at the DL, Best Damn Sports Show, The View, Late Night With Conan O'Brien, The Howie Mandel Show, Roseanne, Later, Donny & Marie, Fox and Friends and Politically Incorrect.
Although Henton lives in Los Angeles, he will always call Cleveland home. He spends his free time with his adorable little girl Nicole Simone Henton. Currently, he is sharpening his golf skills.
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