The Open Mic Podcast with Brett Allan

Comedian Tommy Davidson| From Open Mic Night at the Strip Club to Comedy Icon

Episode Summary

Brett's guest today is the wonderful actor and comedian Tommy Davidson. Tommy has been a comedic staple for over thirty years and has no plans to stop. From his first gig at a strip club, getting discovered by Keenen Ivory Wayans,, and working with some of the biggest comedy names in the game, Tommy has carved out a place for himself an orchestrated plan, that he literally wrote out, when he first began. We cover all this and more, in this exclusive interview.

Episode Notes

Brett's guest today is the wonderful actor and comedian Tommy Davidson. Tommy has been a comedic staple for over thirty years and has no plans to stop. From his first gig at a strip club, getting discovered by Keenen Ivory Wayans,, and working with some of the biggest comedy names in the game, Tommy has carved out a place for himself an orchestrated plan, that he literally wrote out, when he first began. We cover all this and more, in this exclusive interview.   

Davidson started his career as a stand-up comedian in Washington DC, earning an ardent following with sheer hard work in various 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 touring acts, including Patti LaBelle, Kenny G and Luther Vandross. It wasn't long before he came to Hollywood and was performing stand-up 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 (2005) and was the conduit to Keenen 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 prime-time variety show of its day, In Living Color (1990). He, Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans made TV history with their originality.

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