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, by New Line Cinema. Davidson starred in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, where he received acclaim and praise for his turn as Womack/Sleep'n Eat, a character which showcased his comedic and dramatic acting abilities.
Davidson starred in Morgan Creek Productions’ Juwanna Mann in 2002, and was simultaneously seen cracking jokes and doing what he does best, making people laugh, on NFL on Fox which aired weekly on Saturday nights. Davidson 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, by Columbia Pictures.
Davidson started his career as a stand up 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 Keenen Ivory Wayans, who would later prove instrumental in Davidson’s career. Davidson’s first national television appearance was a starring role in Townsend’s The Best of Robert Townsend & His 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, Tommy Davidson: On the Strength in New York City, Tommy Davidson: 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: When Nature Calls. On the small screen, Davidson starred as one of the leads in the Disney Channel animated series, The Proud Family.
Davidson will soon be seen in the hottest film to come out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Black Dynamite with Michael Jai White, scheduled for release September fourth 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, Youngins. Between acting jobs, Davidson travels internationally selling out every venue in which he headlines and participates in select high-profile industry events from Steve Harvey’s Hoodie Awards to Comedy Central specials.