Tommy Davidson Brings Laughter to Hartford
By Reggie Hales
Hartford – (Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 / 2:30 pm) – Funny man Tommy Davidson granted an exclusive interview to Inquiring News. Thursday from his office in L.A. Davidson gave insight into his career.
Q. What can Hartford expect upon your arrival to Hartford, for your comedy show?
A. The great brothers and sisters of Hartford can expect tons of jokes. I’m coming to splits some wigs that night. I talk about all people. They are going to be laughing in tong.
Q. What are your dreams for the future?
A. I will always continue stand-up. But I want to produce and direct my own shows and movies. I have personal experiences that can make for a great movie. I want to be in a position to make other new and young talent have a showcase to bring into this business.
Q. What projects are in your future?
A. I’m so happy to be doing a carton show series on the Boondocks. The Boondocks is an American animated series carton created by Aaron McGruder. My series is called “Black Dynamite” I’m so happy with the results thus far.
Q. What would be one of your dream jobs?
A. I long to do a movie portraying the great Sammy Davis Jr.
Q. Is standup still your passion.
A. Standup is the backbone, which makes all other things in my life possible.
Q. Tommy, where are you from?
A. I’m from D.C and now make L.A. My home.
Q. What’s your take on Blacks in the industry?
A. Well, sad to say, we still have not come as far as we should. And we are still light years away from Dominance.
Q. Do you have Kids and are you married?
A. I have kids and I’m not married at the time.
Q. Are you always touring?
A. When I’m not on sets filming. I’m touring. A brother has to eat. I love going over seas entertaining our troops and giving them thanks for their service for our freedom and securities.
Q. Are you scared when you travel to those war zones?
A. No. I have strong faith. They make sure we are very safe. I travel to as many U.S. Bases as possible. Afcanisstan and Germany just to name a few.
Q. Tommy, What’s your take on the elections?
A. Simple. VOTE!
Q. What do you say to young people?
A. You can’t make it in this business if you’re a dummy. Get educated. Learn and talk to those in the industries you like. And to the brothers and sisters on the streets. STOP Killing your own. Violence is not the answer. It’s the end
Q. Again, what did you say the people in Hartford can expect?
A. Wear your diapers baby… Cause, when you pay to see me. I’m going to make you laugh so hard. You’re going to ( pp ).
Conclusion: Tommy I have interviewed you for years. And may the spirits of our people, continue to bless and protect you and your family. God bless.
Tommy Will be Live in Hartford, CT., Friday, Nov 2, 2102 @ Vibz Uptown, 3155 Main ST. Showtimes; 7pm until, with a after party. For Tickets/Info, Call: 860-246-7390 / 860-982-0689.Cost; $20/$25- VIP Package available to party w/ Tommy.
Tommy Davidson’s Back Ground:
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.