John Witherspoon was an actor and stand-up comedian best-known for playing Ice Cube’s grouchy father in the “Friday” series of movies. Witherspoon began his movie career in 1980 with “The Jazz Singer,” and made memorable appearances in “Hollywood Shuffle,” “Boomerang,” and “Vampire in Brooklyn.” On television he appeared as Pops in “The Wayans Bros.,” Spoon in “The Tracy Morgan Show,” and voiced Gramps on the animated series “The Boondocks.”
John passed away Tuesday October 29, at his home in Sherman Oaks, California at the age of 77.
The Comedy House family is shocked and deeply saddened by the news. He was always a pleasure to host at our house. Never an “ego” just a true legend and stand-up comedy star. We will miss those delightful weekends at the Comedy House with John.
Our deepest sympathy for his wife Angela, and sons JD and Alexander.
Below is a great interview with John, conducted by Neek from HOT 103.9/93.9 just 7 months ago here in Columbia.
Comedy House You Tube Channel Link: https://youtu.be/mRglxgp82nM