An actor, stand-up comedian, musician, and singer, Tommy Davidson’ s exceptional range has made him a stellar force in entertainment. Perhaps best known as one of the original cast members of the hit television show In Living Color, Davidson has parlayed that success into a flourishing motion picture career.
He made an impressive film debut opposite Halle Berry in Strictly Business and next starred opposite Jada Pinkett Smith in the romantic comedy, Woo (New Line). Tommy starred in Spike Lee’ s Bamboozled, where he received acclaim and praise for his turn as ‘Womack/Sleep ‘~N Eats,’ a character which showcased his comedic and dramatic acting abilities.
Tommy starred in Morgan Creek Productions’ Juwanna Mann (2002) and was simultaneously seen cracking jokes and doing what he does best, making people laugh, in THE FOX NFL SHOW, which aired weekly on Saturday nights. Tommy co-hosted this new and unique show with football greats Michael Irvin and Tony Siragusa. He next starred in the provocative urban comedy, Booty Call (Columbia Pictures).
Davidson started his career as a standup comedian in the late 1980s throughout the Washington Metropolitan region, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, performing in various comedy clubs. Performing stand-up in local talent showcases was where he was spotted by concert promoters, who booked him as the opening act for such major music stars such as Patti LaBelle, Kenny G, and Luther Vandross. The next step was Hollywood. He performed at many small clubs, including the Comedy Act Theatre, where among others, he met Robert Townsend and Keenan Ivory Wayans, who would later prove instrumental in Davidson’ s career. Davidson’ s first national television appearance was a starring role in Townsend’ s Partners in Crime.
Wayans, who offered him the opportunity to audition for a primetime variety show called In Living Color, which became a cult favorite and a huge ratings success, then approached Davidson. Davidson’ s hilarious impressions of Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Jackson, and others have become infamous. In Living Color led to three Showtime specials: On Strength of New York, Illin’ in Philly, and Takin’ it to DC, and a handsome film career such as a reunion with fellow In Living Color alumni, Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura II: When Nature Calls. On the small screen, Tommy’ s starred as one of the leads in the Disney Channel animated series, The Proud Family.
Tommy will soon be seen in the hottest film to come out of this year’ s Sundance Festival, Black Dynamite with Michael Jai White, scheduled for release December from Sony Pictures. He recently completed Chicago Pulaski Jones with Cedric the Entertainer. He provides the voice for ‘born loser,’ ‘harried father,’ and ‘snack-food mogul Oscar Proud’ in the hit Disney animated series The Proud Family. Davidson also provides the lead voice of Will Smith’ s up-and-coming cartoon series, Youngin’ s. Between acting jobs, Tommy travels internationally selling out every venue in which he headlines and participating in select high-profile industry events from Steve Harvey’ s ‘Hoodie Awards’ to star-studded Comedy Central specials.