“He’s Got Jokes” The Tommy Davidson Story part 2

This is part 2 of Brand Newz Brief host Christopher “Play” Martin interview with long time friend comedian Tommy Davidson who continues to share more of his incredible knowledgeable of African and Moor history.

Born Tommy Davidson, early 1960s, in Mississippi; adopted by Barbara Davidson, 1965; one brother, Michael (deceased), one sister, Beryle.
Education: High school diploma, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 1982.


Comedian, actor, singer. Television appearances include In Living Color, 1990-93; “Tommy Davidson: Takin’ It to DC,” 1990; “Tommy Davidson: Illin’ in Philly,” 1991; “Tommy Davidson: On the Strength in New York City,” 1996; Between Brothers, 1997; The Magic Hour, 1998. Film appearances include Strictly Business, 1991; Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, 1994; Booty Call, 1997; Woo, 1998; Plump Fiction, 1998.

Life’s Work

Tommy Davidson first became a household name during his time on the irreverent Fox Television show In Living Color, which ran from 1990 until 1993. While Davidson performed in a wide range of skits, his specialty was wicked impersonations of famous African American personalities, including Michael Jackson, M.C. Hammer, Spike Lee, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Stevie Wonder.

After the show went off the air, Davidson searched for a suitable venue to showcase his talents. He appeared on several television specials and in Hollywood comedies, including Booty Call (1997) and Woo (1998). While these films received mixed reviews, critics often pointed out that the scripts were at fault, rather than the performances. The Atlanta Constitution’s Sonia Murray gave a typical assessment: in reviewing Booty Call, she described Davidson as “likable and obviously talented,” but noted that “it’s not enough to salvage this disastrous date movie.” Read more at Answers

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