BET Comic View & Def Comedy Jam Legend Honest John!
Thursday Dec 5th. 9pm
Oak Grove Bar and Grill
2099 SE Oak Grove Blvd.
Friday Dec 6th. 9pm The Spare Room
4830 NE 42nd
Saturday Dec 7th. 7:30 PM The Quarterdeck Bar and Grill
4300 E Fourth Plain Blvd
In June of 1987, John Basinger was working as a nurse and heading into a
predictable middle age. Maybe it was a mid-life crisis that caused him
to take the name Honest John and start running around Los Angeles telling jokes.
“I just went anywhere I could get on stage,” he recalls, “clubs,
coffeehouses, bars, restaurants, anywhere I could get up. After a while I
was like a fanatic, I just couldn’t do it enough. I knew that this is
what I was meant to do.” Then one Thursday night, a comedian named
Gerald McQuirter invited him to an open mic at the Comedy Act Theater,
one of the foremost black venues in the country.
“Actually, he dragged me along with him, just called me up and said,
‘Saddle up, John, we’re going,’ and I got up and slammed.” Soon, Honest
John became a fixture on the black circuit in the Los Angeles area.
“People would come up to me on the street and ask where I was going to
perform next. It blew my mind.”
Triumphant appearances on BET's Comicview, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, and Showtime at the Apollo
introduced him to fans all across the country, leading to appearances
at clubs and theaters nationwide and a two year run on the Def Comedy Jam tour. He has also done many military tours in places as far away as Korea, Okinawa, and Japan.
He has guest starred on The Jamie Foxx Show, The Lyricist Lounge Show, and Showtime in Harlem. He can also be seen in films like The Wash, For da Love of Money, Foolish, and other urban comedies.
As for the future, Honest John says he’s working on a comedy special and would like to do more acting.
Alberta Street Pub
Thursday Dec. 5th. 8pm
Featuring Bri Pruett and Adam Pasi
Hosted By Scott Von Wald
Donnie Johnson Bio
A favorite in the Las Vegas and Houston Comedy scenes for the last
decade, Portland born comedian Donnie Johnson began doing comedy in 2002
and quickly took his show on the road. Donnie Johnson aka Dat Dude
Donnie is a hilarious breath of fresh air that will delight any
audience. His topics are expressed with a point of view that connects
with each and every person under the sound of his voice, topped with a
captivating stage presence and a likeable attitude that will have
audiences walking away feeling like they just made friends with the
coolest dude around. Dat Dude Donnie is a regular at clubs
such as the Improv, The Laugh Factory and many others. He's performed
for the troops in Iraq. Opened for many big time comedians such as
Eddie Griffin and was recently invited to audition for BET's Comic View.
Do not miss this rising star in comedy when he's in a town near you.
PDX Comedy Fans Meet-Up Group is a great resource for Comedy Fans
and Comedians putting on shows in the Portland area.
Group organizer Christina Booth does a wonderful job
creating an awareness of what's going on in the Portland
Comedy Scene and bringing people together through the common bond of laughter.