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Gary Owen: Audiences Get Black-White Cultural Humor

It’s hectic time for comic Gary Owen, who’s been doing “Think Like a Man” movie promotion in-between dates as one of the headliners on the Shaquille O’Neal “All-Star Comedy Jam” tour — of which Gary is the newly-named host.  In fact, when the fourth CD of the “Shaq Tour,” as he calls it, is released toward the beginning of Fall, it’ll have Gary as emcee.  But first, there’s his “True Story” Showtime comedy special coming up this Spring.

The blond-haired, blue-eyed funnyman, who gets lots of comedy mileage out of racial mingling, tells us he has yet to encounter an audience that’s taken his jokes the wrong way.  “Sometimes I’m talking about race, but I’m not.  It’s not so much a racial thing, it’s a culture thing,” he says.  And he certainly knows of what he speaks.  “I’m talking about my kid.  The visual is in the audiences’ head:  black woman, mixed kid.  I only have to bring it up one time.”

Actually, Gary and his wife have two kids, 11 and nine, a daughter and son.  “It’s hard to be away from them so much of the time,” he says.  “That’s the only negative part of all this.  When they’re in the middle of their school year, you know, you can’t interrupt them.  At least in the summer you have more flexibility.”

He took time away from touring to act in the Friday (4/20)-opening “Think Like a Man” comedy based on Steve Harvey’s book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.   “The movie’s so good.  The book is a woman’s guide to how a man thinks.  What the movie’s about is how men would react if they found out their women got the book.  I love that it’s not a male-bashing movie or a woman-bashing movie.  Nobody’s dying.  There’s not an abusive husband.  Everyone’s shown in a positive light, as people really are, not playing into stereotypes.”  The ensemble cast also includes Jenifer Lewis, Chris Brown, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart and Regina Hall.