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Thomas Davidson (born November 10, 1963) is an American comedian, film and television actor.[2] He is noted as a member of the sketch comedy TV show In Living Color.

Tommy Davidson
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Davidson in 2008
Born (1963-11-10) November 10, 1963 (age 55)
Alma materBethesda-Chevy Chase High School (1982)
University of the District of Columbia (one semester)
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1984–present[1]
Known forVarious roles in In Living Color
Rushon in Booty Call
Mitchell in Between Brothers
Womack/Sleep'n Eat in Bamboozled
Oscar Proud in The Proud Family
Children2

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Early yearsEdit

Born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi,[3] Davidson was abandoned in the trash at 18 months old, before being rescued by the woman who became his adoptive mother.[4][5] He was a child of an interracial adoption; his adoptive parents are Caucasian, and he is African-American.[4] He has two younger Caucasian siblings, Michael and Beryle. He and his family had moved from Colorado to Wyoming to Oregon by the time he was 5 years old,[6] when they settled in Silver Spring, Maryland.[4] He attended high school at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, in Bethesda, Maryland.[4] After graduating in 1981,[4] he studied communications and interned at the radio station of the University of the District of Columbia for one semester.[7] He had jobs in the kitchen of a hospital and in the storeroom of Hechinger in Hyattsville, Maryland.[4]

CareerEdit

Davidson started his career as a stand-up comedian in 1986,[1] when a childhood friend convinced him to perform stand-up at The Penthouse strip club in Park View, Washington, D.C..[4][8] He continued performing in various comedy clubs throughout the Washington Metropolitan region, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. He opened concerts for Patti LaBelle, Starpoint, and Kenny G.[9] He performed on a fundraising telethon for WHMM in 1987.[10]

Davidson won an amateur stand-up competition at the Apollo Theater in 1987.[4] Soon afterwards, he moved to North Hollywood, California, where he met Martin Lawrence, who lived in his building.[4][11] He performed at the Comedy Store, where Robert Townsend heard of him and asked him to be the warm-up comic for an HBO special.[4] After performing at Luther Vandross and Anita Baker shows, he appeared on the Arsenio Hall Show.[4]

Davidson's first major exposure came on the variety show In Living Color, where he played various characters, including his impersonations of Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Jackson and Sugar Ray Leonard, and child victim of Homey D. Clown.

In 1991, he released Illin in Philly, a VHS tape of a stand-up performance, which was aired regularly on Comedy Central in the 1990s, and "On The Strength", another stand-up performance, this time filmed in New York City. He has also appeared in the films Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Strictly Business, Booty Call and Juwanna Mann. Davidson provided the voice for Oscar Proud, the father in the Disney animated series The Proud Family. He was also a recurring character on MADtvs Real M*****F***ing Talk sketches. In an episode of Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, Davidson hosted the show with amateur acts trying to make names for themselves. He was also a guest on an episode of Cartoon Network's animated/live action talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Davidson did commercials for Pizza Hut in 2002, talking about the "P'Zone Revolution". He even starred on the short-lived TV series Between Brothers with Kadeem Hardison, Kelly Perine and Dondre Whitfield in 1997.

More recently, Tommy Davidson played the role of Cream Corn in Black Dynamite. He also reprised his role in the Adult Swim television show of the same name.

He appeared in an episode of the TV show Martin playing the role of fictional talk-show host Varnell Hill (a parody of Arsenio Hall).

In 2015, Tommy and his fiancée, Amanda, appeared in Season 4/Episode 11 of Celebrity Wife Swap. His fiancée swapped with Corey Feldman's girlfriend, Courtney. In 2016, Tommy appeared on Celebrity Family Feud.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Kid 'n Play: Funhouse Uncredited Video Short
1991 Strictly Business Bobby
1993 CB4 Weird Warren
1993 A Cool Like That Christmas Orlando Television Movie
1995 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls The Tiny Warrior
1997 Booty Call Rushon
1997 Plump Fiction Julius
1998 Woo Tim
1999 Pros & Cons Ron Carter
2000 Bamboozled Womack / Sleep'n Eat
2002 The Scream Team Jumper Television Movie
2002 Juwanna Mann Puff Smokey Smoke
2004 Funky Monkey Harland
2005 The Proud Family Movie Oscar Proud Television Movie
2009 Black Dynamite Cream Corn
2009 Pimp 24/7 Detective Bill Television Movie
2011 Dance Fu Addict
2011 Shadow Hills uncredited Television Movie
2012 Who Killed Soul Glow uncredited
2016 Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens Aston Reynolds Television Movie
2018 Fury of the Fist and the Golden Fleece Homeless Comic
2018 Frat Pack Big Daddy

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse Prince Tariq Episode: "Coming To America"
1990–94 In Living Color Various roles 125 episodes;
Credited as Tommy Davidson
1990 Kid 'n' Play Jazzy / Acorn Television Animated Series
1991 Robert Townsend: Partners in Crime Himself Volume 3
1992 Roc Donald Episode: "The Hand That Rocs the Cradle"
1993 The Commish Reese Episode: Rising Sun
1993 Martin Varnel Hill Episodes: "Hollywood Swinging Parts 1& 2"
1994 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Marvin Episode: "Joking the Chicken"
1995-99 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Cassim / Jester Animated Series
1996 The Ren & Stimpy Show Sammy Mantis Episode: "Sammy and Me/The Last Temptation"
1996 Boston Common Darrell Episode: "Soup to Nuts"
1997-99 Between Brothers Mitchell Ford 17 episodes
1999-2000 Malcolm & Eddie Dexter Sherman 4 episodes
2000 Cousin Skeeter Uncredited Episode: "The Feminine Ms. Skeet"
2000 The Wonderful World of Disney Max Episode: "Santa Who?"
2001-05 The Proud Family Oscar Proud Animated series
2002 The Proud Family Shorties Oscar Proud Television Mini-Series
2002 MADTv Boogie Jones Johnson Episodes 8.11, 8.19 & 9.6
2004-05 The Bernie Mac Show Lou Episodes: "Who Gives This Bride" & "Family Reunion"
2005 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Oscar Proud Episode: "Spats: Experiment #397"
2007 Everybody Hates Chris Eddie Episode: “Everybody Hates Houseguests”
2011-15 Black Dynamite Cream Corn / Scarecrow 20 Episodes
2016-present Vacation Creation Host
2018 I'm Dying Up Here Alan Lucas Episode: " Plus One"

Comedy SpecialsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Takin' It To D.C. Himself Stand-Up Special
1991 Illin' in Philly Himself Stand-Up Special
1996 On The Strength Himself Stand-Up Special
2009 Shaq & Cedric the Entertainer Present: All Star Comedy Jam Himself Stand-Up Special

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Peterson, Miranda (February 1, 2012). "Laughing with Comedian Tommy Davidson: Tommy talks Obama, performing for the troops & how to start a career in comedy". joonbug. SkyNet Media Group LLC.
  2. ^ Company, Johnson Publishing (1996). Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. pp. 14–.
  3. ^ Leff, Bill; Snyder, Wendy (September 18, 2013). "Actor and comedian Tommy Davidson reminisces with Bill and Wendy about his "In Living Color" days, compares his life to Webster and talks about his upcoming show at Laugh Factory Chicago" (audio). WGN Radio.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Brown, DeNeen (February 18, 1996). "In Living Black-and-White: How Tommy Davidson's World Shaped His Very Funny Comedy". The Washington Post. p. G1.
  5. ^ Maron, Marc, "Episode 605 - Tommy Davidson / Phil Hendrie", WTF with Marc Maron, May 25, 2015. (24th minute).
  6. ^ Gebreyes, Rahel (October 27, 2014). "Tommy Davidson Looks Back On Being Adopted Into A White Family In The '60s". The Huffington Post.
  7. ^ Brown, Bridgit (July 22, 2010). "In Living Tommy". The Boston Banner. pp. 11, 13.
  8. ^ Stoddard, Christine (May 15, 2013). "Comedian Tommy Davidson Comes to Richmond". Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  9. ^ Piccoli, Sean (April 20, 1990). "From strip joint to Fox: He's `In Living Color'". The Washington Times. p. E1.
  10. ^ "WHMM Kicks Off Spring Membership Drive". Washington Informer. March 11, 1987. p. 18.
  11. ^ Doup, Liz (January 8, 1991). "The Fresh Face of Fame". The Sun-Sentinel.

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