Davidson returns: ‘In Living Color’ star prepares for Funny Bone gigWritten by Jeff McGinnis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tommy Davidson has been performing in comedy since 1983. Three decades. For a comedian of any experience, it’s an impressive run to maintain a fan base for all that time. But for the star of “In Living Color,” “Booty Call,” “Black Dynamite” and more, it seems as though little has changed in the interim.
“More emphasis has been placed on TV,” Davidson said in an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. “Other than that, it’s pretty much the same. You get your message across faster, you know?
“I’m just lucky that I’m really funny and a lot of people know it, so I still go around the country and they still go and see you.”
Davidson’s latest gig will run Sept. 27 at the Funny Bone at Fat Fish Blue in Perrysburg, the latest of many tour stops in the Glass City for the comedian over the years. He said despite making a name for himself through his character work, he has maintained utter confidence in his ability to perform comedy in a wide range of circumstances.
“I’m as good in all of them, it’s just that this is the one that I’m doing now, you know? If I was just an actor, I’d be in trouble,” Davidson said. “Yeah, [stand-up is] still like the neutral zone — it’s just timeless.”
But traveling the country is just one of many ways Davidson is plying his trade as he kicks off his fourth decade of making people laugh. He is also one of the cast members of the spinoff of “Black Dynamite,” Michael Jai White’s loving parody of blaxploitation films. The second season of the show is scheduled to begin airing on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim either later this year or early 2014.
“Just as happy as can be. Wish it’d hurry up and get on the air, you know?” Davidson said of the show. “It’s a genius piece of work.
“It’s by the right people. Everybody involved knows what they’re doing. It’s just in the right lane. It worked as a movie, and then as a cartoon, it’s a no-brainer.”
He also said that any plans for a sequel to the original, live-action “Dynamite” are still very much in the planning/pipe dream stages. His entire film career, in fact, has taken a back seat to stand-up right now — and Davidson admitted that not breaking out bigger on the big screen irks him.
“The story’s still being written. Is it frustrating? Of course it is. But the fat lady hasn’t sung yet. This is what I’m doing now, and it’s like being with the New Orleans Saints. They were obscure and sucked forever, and now they’re like Super Bowl champs. They never stopped being a team. They never stopped. They showed up for every kickoff. So that’s the way I look at it.”
Still, Davidson said he is incredibly proud of his contributions to pop culture, and admits that when people relate to him, even now, 20 years or more later, it’s through the prism of his experiences performing on “In Living Color” and other projects from that era.
“It’s like the thing that’s sustaining me. That’s a real solid body of work.”
And even as he waits for the opportunity to break into other media once again, Davidson said that there is no thrill quite like taking the stage to make people laugh.
“It’s stand-up. It would have to be. It’s happening, you know? It’s happening. Like, I remember my friend told me when he was a kid, his grandmother told him, ‘Don’t worry about the girls that don’t like you, pay attention to the ones that do.’”
Tickets to see Davidson perform are $22-$27. Showtimes are 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sept. 27; 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sept. 28; and 7 p.m. Sept. 29.