Born: November 10, 1963
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Works

Records

2009 The Family Hour

Specials (and other video)

2013 Chocolate Sundaes
2013 Chocolate Sundaes Comedy Show
2010 Just Like Us

Documentary about a comedy tour of the Middle East

2009 Shaq & Cedric The Entertainer Present: All Star Comedy Jam

Features multiple comedians

2008 Live at Gotham (Episode 304)

Features multiple comedians

1999 Premium Blend (Season 3)

Features multiple comedians

1996 Tommy Davidson: On the Strength in New York City
1991 Tommy Davidson: Illin' in Philly
1990 Tommy Davidson: Takin' It to D.C.
1989 The Mutiny Has Just Begun: Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime III

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Biography

Tommy Davidson’s exceptional range – from stand-up comedy and acting to versatile music accomplishments – has 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 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 and join 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.

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.

Davidson’s hilarious impressions of Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson and other icons have become infamous. His dynamism 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 opportunities like the lead in the Disney’s animated series, The Proud Family, as a host on FOX’s The NFL Show and as the lead in Will Smith’s animated series, Youngin’s.

Tommy starred in 2011’s landmark documentary, 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. 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 that was just ordered for a second season set to being taping in the next couple months.

Tommy made a special appearances on FOX’s 25th Anniversary celebration special airing primetime on April 22, 2012 and on the 10th Annual “TV Land Awards” in which In Living Color was honored with the ‘Groundbreaking Award.’

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 produce but star as the iconic Sammy Davis Jr. in the role of one the greatest entertainers of the twentieth century.