Tommy Davidson’s exceptional range – from stand-up comedy and acting to versatile music accomplishments – have earned him a reputation as an extraordinary performer. Best known as one of the stars of the hit television show In Living Color, his visibility has allowed him to become a household name known for his innovative talent.
Davidson started his career as a standup comedian in Washington DC, earning an ardent following with relentless work in the leading comedy clubs. As one of the cutting-edge, young stand-ups, he was spotted by major concert promoters who booked him as the opening act for A-list tours including Patti LaBelle, Kenny G and Luther Vandross.
It wasn’t long before he came to Hollywood and was headlining at a number of clubs, including the Comedy Act Theatre, where he met Robert Townsend. This led to his first national television appearance with a starring role in Partners in Crime and was the conduit to Keenan Ivory Wayans, who proved instrumental in Davidson’s career by offering him an opportunity to audition.
By joining the uniquely talented cast of the most adventurous primetime variety show on television, In Living Color. He, Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier made TV history. At last year’s 10th Annual “TV Land Awards” In Living Color — and the household name stars that were instrumental in making the sketch show iconic — were honored with the ‘Groundbreaking Award.
Tommy’s impressive film debut was opposite Halle Berry in Strictly Business. This led to 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 since become a cult favorite. He starred in 2011’s landmark, award-winning documentary, I Am Comic, opposite Tim Allen, Lewis Black, Sarah Silverman, Carlos Mencia, Jeff Foxworthy and Kathy Griffin.
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. Tommy is the host and star of Showtime’s 2013 Chocolate Sundaes special (eOne) which garnered rave reviews upon premiere and remains one of eOne Film’s best sellers.
His elasticity as a performer who delivers on both the big and small screen led to other opportunities including the host of FOX’s The NFL Show and as the star of Will Smith’s animated series, Youngin’s and Disney’s animated series, The Proud Family.
He also scored big with reviewers and audiences alike opposite Michael Jai White in the critically-lauded spoof comedy, Black Dynamite (Sony Pictures) as the character ‘Cream Corn.’ The cult hit was adapted as an animated series for Adult Swim, becoming a breakout hit and was just ordered for a second season. It continues to garner the highest ratings the Cartoon Network has ever experienced.
Next up on the feature film front is the adaptation of lauded biographical novel, “Deconstructing Sammy,” the extraordinary story of an international celebrity whose outsize talent couldn’t save him from himself, in which Tommy will not only will produce but star in as the iconic Sammy Davis Jr..
Currently Tommy is touring across the country on his comedy tour and has also joined forces with Sommore, Bill Bellamy, and Tony Rock for the Standing Ovation Tour. Recently Tommy was a celebrity guest on Food Network’s successful competition cooking show Chopped for their special series Tournament of the Stars where he wore his old chef hat to win $50,000 to his charity.