After five years on the Fox hit television series "Living Single", John Henton has earned a name for himself as one of todays leading comic talents. Through the lovable and sensible character of "Overton Wakefield Jones", Henton has found a loyal and. endearing following. As seen at a recent appearance on Comedy Centrals "Premium Blend", Hentons appeal goes beyond the character he played on television as he captivated the audience with his observational and topical humor, This fall, John Henton returns to series television on the ABC comedy "The Hughleys".
Born and raised in Cleveland, John Henton never entertained the thought of a career in comedy. In 1982, while working during the day and studying computer science at night, Henton was urged by a co-worker to try his jokes at a local comedy clubs amateur night. By his second night, Henton won the amateur night contest and began stand-up part time. Henton made the move to Los Angeles in 1985 and by 1988, started his stand-up career full time.
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 Hentons reply of "no", Carson mugged, "Well you will after tonight." It was a performance which Henton says gave his career a "serious jump-start."
Since then Henton has made appearances on "The Arsenio Hall Show" and "Bob Hopes 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".
In April of 1993, Henton was cast in the FOX TV series "Living Single" starring Queen Latifah and Kim Fields Freeman. The show received stellar ratings and TV Guide selected Hentons character as one of the "break out" characters of the 1993 fall season. When the show came to an end after five years, Henton was proud and pleased with the work he had done on the show.
Although Henton lives in Los Angeles, he will always call Cleveland home. Currently, he is learning to play golf.