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Tommy Davidson Biography

Tommy Davidson’s exceptional range from stand-up comedy and acting to versatile music ability have earned him a reputation as an extraordinary performer.  Best known as one of the original stars of the hit television show In Living Color, Tommy’s reach is built on the show’s and its stars groundbreaking and innovative talent.

Davidson started his career as a standup comedian in Washington DC, earning an ardent following via hard work in various comedy clubs.  As one of the cutting-edge, young stand-ups, he was spotted by huge concert promoters, who booked him as the opening act for major touring acts including Patti LaBelle, Kenny G and Luther Vandross.  It wasn’t long before he came to Hollywood performing stand-up at a number of clubs, including the Comedy Act Theatre, where he met Robert Townsend which led to his first national television appearance with a starring role in Partners in Crime.

This was the conduit to Keenan Ivory Wayans, who proved instrumental in Davidson’s career by offering him an opportunity to audition and join the uniquely talented cast of the most adventurous primetime variety show of its day, In Living Color.  He, Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans made tv history with their originality.

Tommy’s impressive film debut was opposite Halle Berry in Strictly Business. He immediately segued select high-profile films including opposite Jada Pinkett Smith in the romantic comedy, Woo (New Line) and in the provocative urban comedy, Booty Call (Columbia Pictures).  His credits include numerous feature film roles from Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, where he received acclaim and praise for his turn as “Womack/Sleep ‘N Eats,” to Juwanna Mann (Morgan Creek Productions’) and the pivotal cameo in Jim Carrey’s Ace Ventura II:  When Nature Calls, which has become a cult favorite.

Davidson’s hilarious impressions of Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Jackson and other icons have become infamous.  His visibility on In Living Color led to three Showtime specials:  On Strength of New York, Illin’ in Philly and Takin’ it to DC.  His elasticity as a performer who delivers on both the big and small screen led to other projects like the lead in the Disney’s animated series, The Proud Family and as one of the hosts on FOX’s popular The NFL Show, alongside football greats Michael Irvin and Tony Siragusa.  Davidson also portrays the lead in Will Smith’s up-and-coming animated series, Youngin’s.

Tommy stars – along with 80 other star stand-ups – in I Am Comic, opposite Tim Allen, Lewis Black, Sarah Silverman, Carlos Mencia, Jeff Foxworthy and Kathy Griffin.  The film, which premiered on Showtime, is one of Netflix’s surefire hits enjoying a continual surge as a favorite with consumers. Davidson scored big with reviewers and audiences alike opposite Michael Jai White in the critically-lauded spoof comedy, Black Dynamite (Sony Pictures), last year’s big Sundance hit which is currently being adapted as a cartoon for Adult Swim.

He is receiving critical raves for a cameo in Ahmed Ahmed’s award-winning documentary,Just Like Us, a feature film masterpiece which is a cross-cultural study of stand-up comedy bridging all ethnicities. Tommy travels internationally selling out every venue in which he headlines. He leaves an indelible, everlasting image with all audiences who still chuckle on the way home.

Tommy Davidson comedy specials

  • Tommy Davidson: Illin in Philly (1991) Tommy Davidson Illin in Philly Filmed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The VHS was released on June 6th, 1997.

Tommy Davidson jokes, Quotes and One Liners

Have you ever broke 'Scooby Doo' down? I mean, come on -- he rode around in a van with the flowers on the side, on a Saturday morning, looking for a haunted house. Tell me they wasn't high.


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