John Henton

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Who is John Henton? John Henton (born November 23, 1960) is an American actor and comedian who was born in East Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Shaw High School. He has a brother (30 years younger), Lindsay Henton.

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John Henton will never forget where it all started… on the road. John continues to perform in clubs, writes new jokes and travels the country. But TV always calls. Recently, John guest starred in TV One’s sitcom “Love That Girl”. He appeared on Comedy.TV and guest starred in an episode of “Hannah Montana.”” In July 2005, John performed at the Montreal International Comedy Festival – Just For Laughs. Initially scheduled for one gig during their “Uptown Comedy Show,”” John had so many audiences that he was asked to perform during the second show. John has also worked with former “Living Single” co-star Kim Coles and together they have also delighted the audience.

After spending nine successful years on network television, John Henton established a name for himself as a leading comic talent. He’s lucky enough to be part of an elite group of actors who succeeded on the small screen. He found a loyal and endearing following through the loving and sensible nature of “Overton Wakefield Jones” on the FOX hit sitcom “Living Single”, and the loyalty persisted with fans embracing the character of “Milsap” in the sitcom, “The Hughleys. ” For the third season “The Hughleys” moved to UPN and contributed to Monday night’s highly successful lineup. “The Hughley’s” ended its fourth and final season in the spring of 2002. John’s great television work didn’t go unnoticed, as he was awarded an NAACP Image Award nomination for best supporting actor in a comedy series in 2001 and 2002.

John Henton, born and raised in Cleveland, never entertained the thought of a career in comedy. In 1982, while working during the day and studying computer science at night, Henton was encouraged by a colleague to try out his jokes during the amateur night of a local comedy club. On his second night, Henton won the amateur night race and started stand-up part-time. Henton moved to Los Angeles in 1985 and began his stand-up career full-time in 1988.

After taking his comedy on the road for a year and winning the 1991 Johnny Walker National Comedy Search, Henton was noticed by the comedy manager of “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,”” the late Jim McCawley, who booked him for an appearance on the show. When he finished his set, Henton looked at Carson for his endorsement and received much more. Henton was called to sit on the coveted bench where Carson asked him if he had an agent. To Henton’s answer to “no,” Carson said, “Well, you’re doing that tonight.” It was a performance that Henton says gave his career a ‘serious start’.

Henton was featured on ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ and ‘Bob Hope’s Young Comedian’s Special’ and returned 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.” John performed in Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” to an overwhelming audience response.

In April 1993, Henton was cast in the FOX TV series “Living Single” starring Queen Latifah, Kim Fields and Kim Coles. The show received great reviews and TV Guide selected Henton’s character as one of the break out characters of the 1993-fall season. When the show ended after five years, Henton was proud and satisfied with the work he had done on the show. He remains 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 “Politics Incorrect”.

Although Henton lives in Los Angeles, he’ll always call Cleveland home. He spends his free time with his cute little girl Nicole Simone Henton. He is currently sharpening his golfing skills.