Comedian-Actor John Witherspoon at the San Jose Improv
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You probably remember John Witherspoon as Ice Cube’s (Craig’s) outrageously funny, dog-catching dad in New Line Cinema’s smash urban trilogy_ Friday_, Next Friday & Friday After Next, or as “Pops” on the long-running syndicated sitcom The Wayans Brothers – or as Spoon on NBC’s The Tracy Morgan Show. One thing’s for sure – once you’ve seen Witherspoon you completely understand why he has earned the reputation as one of America’s funniest dads.
Witherspoon has brought to life some of the most hilarious, unforgettable characters ever including David Allen Grier’s fashionably challenged, mushroom-wearing father in the romantic comedy Boomerang, and the quirky, diner-owning father “Pops” on The WB’s The Wayans Brothers. His scene-stealing roles in Boomerang, Little Nicky, House Party, Vampire in Brooklyn, and I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, made him one of the most memorable funny men in America.
You’ve seen him in everything from popular music videos alongside Jay Z and Sugar Ray—-to sitcoms opposite The Wayans Brothers and Saturday Night Live’s, Tracy Morgan—-to blockbuster movies alongside Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Chris Tucker and Ice Cube, amongst others. Not only does Witherspoon’s work span over four decades to include blockbuster movies, hit-television shows, commercials, and top-rated music videos, but he’s coined his own catch phrases – as in – “BangBang” and “You Gotta Coordinate!”
You have to wonder how a comedian whose work can be traced back as far as WKRP in Cincinnati and Barnaby Jones, can still be relevant today. His roles in the Friday series, (Friday, Next Friday, Friday After Next), Soul Plane, Ladies Man, Boomerang, Vampire in Brooklyn, Little Nicky, House Party_, etc. are arguably some of the most hilarious bits of comedy to date. The Detroit-bred comic has proven that he is a Hollywood mainstay and continues to land coveted spots in some of America’s favorite movies and television shows.