Old-school photos of John Witherspoon can make you laugh out loud. The Detroit-born comedian and character actor started off as a model, working his wide lapels for all they were worth in the Sixties. Now hes better known as the fashion-plate father from Eddie Murphys Boomerang (wherein his mushroom-lined jacket spawned the catchphrase You gotta co-ordinate) and Ice Cubes unabashedly flatulent pops in the Friday franchise. When he isnt working on his soon-to-be-released rap CD or recording voiceovers as Granddad on the hit Cartoon Network Adult Swim series The Boondocks (new season is coming in October) Witherspoon is hitting comedy clubs across the country.
I work 40 weeks out of the year! I work too much! he declares in a recent phone interview. Back in the day, I used to open for Richard Pryor. And we spent every weekend at the Comedy Store. Back in those days, that was our life. Redd Foxx, David Letterman, Jay Leno ... we were always there working on our acts. Witherspoons act has been honed by cacophonous cackles from some of the worlds most famed comedians, and hes looking forward to returning to the Miami Improv. In between making audiences laugh from August 30 to September 2, he might be spotted on the sand. I like to walk along South Beach and check out all the cutie pies, the lovable lug admits. Tonights shows take place at 7:45, 10:00, and midnight. Tickets cost $26.75, plus theres that two-drink minimum. Call 305-441-8200, or visit www.miamiimprov.com. For all things John Witherspoon, visit www.bangbangbangbang.com. Remember: Three bangs is a porn site. But four bangs is me, says Witherspoon.
Aug. 30-Sept. 2