Philadelphia is having a fantastic comedy summer, and on Friday, June 17, Tommy Davidson will be performing on Earthquake Father’s Day at the Academy of Music. The multi-talented performer who rose to prominence in the comedy sketch show In Living Color will provide some much-needed laughter.
He’s made audiences laugh in movies like “Strictly to the point” and “Prey Challenge,” but it’s his many impressions that have brought so much joy over the years.
“One thing I’m grateful for is that I had a very good career in the beginning,” Davidson recalls early in his career.
He can currently be heard as Oscar Proud in The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, available on Disney+.
As if that wasn’t enough, Davidson also shares his other talent, music, with his lifelong fans. He has a song with saxophonist Dave Koz currently available on all platforms called “Sweet Reunion”.
Earthquake’s Father’s Day comedy show is his first performance in the city of brotherly love in a long time, and what better way to celebrate Father’s Day than front and center at the Academy of Music.
The talented performer shared his thoughts on his prestigious career and promising projects. He began by sharing his latest endeavor: “I started my own company, so now I’m starting to develop my own movies and TV shows,” he shared.
He added, “Right now, I’m in the music industry. I just released my first single in January and the second will be out this summer.” The title of this single is “I Know” featuring jazz saxophonist Richard Elliot, of whom he is an executive producer.
The lifelong comedian shared what inspired him to take this new course in his career.
“It kind of worked on time. When I wrote the book, it brought out a lot in me. I had Take 6 in the background, so it was a book that opened up new paths for me,” Davidson said.
The book he has in mind is his autobiography, Life in Color: What’s So Funny About Me.
Davidson, a brilliant impressionist, spoke about his role as Oscar Proud in The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.
“The Proud family is back, Louder and Prouder, and we’ve been picked up for another season,” he said.
Few performers have been able to adapt to the new era of comedy as well as Davidson. The Internet and political correctness had not yet been invented when he began his professional career. He shared his approach to humor in the current climate.
“It’s hard for a stand-up comedian to succeed because the platforms are shorter. You can be on YouTube for a second, you can be on Tiktok for a second. It usually takes an hour to make a good special, so the game has changed. Stand-up comedy is still an art that needs to be worked hard to really achieve this,” he said.
In his career as an artist, one of Davidson’s skills is his ability to accurately portray luminaries such as Sammy Davis Jr.
He explained what it takes to embody a new personality in this case. President Obama: “I heard Obama say the first time he took office. It took nine days before I could do it. All I did was listen carefully to him, and in the blink of an eye I could talk like him.”
In today’s world of humor, it’s hard to know how an audience will perceive humor. He stated, “I’m really good at condensing ideas. I also approach my comedy from proven truths.”
It was this romance with his fans and community that allowed the artist to endure a thirty-year career. Tommy Davidson explained it best: “Now I have generations of fans coming to me. About positivity and love.
You will be able to see him on Friday, June 17, along with special guests Bill Bellamy, Tony Roberts and Turae.
Ticket information can be found at kimmelculturalcampus.org.