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October 19, 2012

Tommy Davidson Brings Laughter to Hartford

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Tommy Davidson By Reggie Hales
Inquiring News

Hartford – (Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 / 2:30 pm) – Funny man Tommy Davidson granted an exclusive interview to Inquiring News. Thursday from his office in L.A. Davidson gave insight into his career.

Q. What can Hartford expect upon your arrival to Hartford, for your comedy show?
A. The great brothers and sisters of Hartford can expect tons of jokes. I’m coming to splits some wigs that night. I talk about all people. They are going to be laughing in tong.

Q. What are your dreams for the future?
A. I will always continue stand-up. But I want to produce and direct my own shows and movies. I have personal experiences that can make for a great movie. I want to be in a position to make other new and young talent have a showcase to bring into this business.

Q. What projects are in your future?
A. I’m so happy to be doing a carton show series on the Boondocks. The Boondocks is an American animated series carton created by Aaron McGruder. My series is called “Black Dynamite” I’m so happy with the results thus far.

Q. What would be one of your dream jobs?
A. I long to do a movie portraying the great Sammy Davis Jr.

Q. Is standup still your passion.
A. Standup is the backbone, which makes all other things in my life possible.

Q. Tommy, where are you from?
A. I’m from D.C and now make L.A. My home.

Q. What’s your take on Blacks in the industry?
A. Well, sad to say, we still have not come as far as we should. And we are still light years away from Dominance.

Q. Do you have Kids and are you married?
A. I have kids and I’m not married at the time.

Q. Are you always touring?
A. When I’m not on sets filming. I’m touring. A brother has to eat. I love going over seas entertaining our troops and giving them thanks for their service for our freedom and securities.

Q. Are you scared when you travel to those war zones?
A. No. I have strong faith. They make sure we are very safe. I travel to as many U.S. Bases as possible. Afcanisstan and Germany just to name a few.

Q. Tommy, What’s your take on the elections?
A. Simple. VOTE!

Q. What do you say to young people?
A. You can’t make it in this business if you’re a dummy. Get educated. Learn and talk to those in the industries you like. And to the brothers and sisters on the streets. STOP Killing your own. Violence is not the answer. It’s the end

Q. Again, what did you say the people in Hartford can expect?
A. Wear your diapers baby… Cause, when you pay to see me. I’m going to make you laugh so hard. You’re going to ( pp ).

Conclusion: Tommy I have interviewed you for years. And may the spirits of our people, continue to bless and protect you and your family. God bless.

Tommy Will be Live in Hartford, CT., Friday, Nov 2, 2102 @ Vibz Uptown, 3155 Main ST. Showtimes; 7pm until, with a after party. For Tickets/Info, Call: 860-246-7390 / 860-982-0689.Cost; $20/$25- VIP Package available to party w/ Tommy.

Tommy Davidson’s Back Ground:

Tommy Davidson’s excep­tional range from stand-up com­edy and act­ing to ver­sa­tile music abil­ity have earned him a rep­u­ta­tion as an extra­or­di­nary per­former. Best known as one of the orig­i­nal stars of the hit tele­vi­sion show In Liv­ing Color, Tommy’s reach is built on the show’s and its stars ground­break­ing and inno­v­a­tive talent.
David­son started his career as a standup come­dian in Wash­ing­ton DC, earn­ing an ardent fol­low­ing via hard work in var­i­ous com­edy clubs. As one of the cutting-edge, young stand-ups, he was spot­ted by huge con­cert pro­mot­ers, who booked him as the open­ing act for major tour­ing acts includ­ing Patti LaBelle, Kenny G and Luther Van­dross. It wasn’t long before he came to Hol­ly­wood per­form­ing stand-up at a num­ber of clubs, includ­ing the Com­edy Act The­atre, where he met Robert Townsend which led to his first national tele­vi­sion appear­ance with a star­ring role in Part­ners in Crime.

This 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 of its day, In Liv­ing Color. He, Jamie Foxx, Jim Car­rey and Damon Wayans made TV his­tory with their originality.

Tommy’s impres­sive film debut was oppo­site Halle Berry in Strictly Busi­ness. He imme­di­ately segued select high-profile films includ­ing oppo­site Jada Pin­kett Smith in the roman­tic com­edy, Woo (New Line) and in the provoca­tive urban com­edy, Booty Call (Colum­bia Pic­tures). His cred­its include 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 become a cult favorite.

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. His elas­tic­ity as a per­former who deliv­ers on both the big and small screen led to other projects like the lead in the Disney’s ani­mated series, The Proud Fam­ily and as one of the hosts on FOX’s pop­u­lar The NFL Show, along­side foot­ball greats Michael Irvin and Tony Sir­a­gusa. David­son also por­trays the lead in Will Smith’s up-and-coming ani­mated series, Youngin’s.

Tommy stars – along with 80 other star stand-ups – in 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. David­son scored big with review­ers and audi­ences alike oppo­site Michael Jai White in the critically-lauded spoof com­edy, Black Dyna­mite (Sony Pic­tures), last year’s big Sun­dance hit which is cur­rently being adapted as a car­toon for Adult Swim.

He is receiv­ing crit­i­cal raves for a cameo in Ahmed Ahmed’s award-winning doc­u­men­tary, Just Like Us, a fea­ture film mas­ter­piece which is a cross-cultural study of stand-up com­edy bridg­ing all eth­nic­i­ties. Tommy trav­els inter­na­tion­ally sell­ing out every venue in which he head­lines. He leaves an indeli­ble, ever­last­ing image with all audi­ences who still chuckle on the way home.

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