Philadelphia has a fantastic comedy summer, and on Friday, June 17, Tommy Davidson will perform at Earthquake’s Father Day show at the Academy of Music. The versatile performer, who rose to fame in the sketch comedy show “In Vibrant Color”, will provide much-needed laughter.
He made audiences laugh in movies like Strictly Business and Booty Call, but his many impressions 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 said, looking back at an earlier part of his career.
He can currently be heard as Oscar Gord in “The Proud Family: Louder and Proud”, which is available at Disney +.
As if that wasn’t enough, Davidson shared his other talent, music, with his fans throughout his life. He has a song with saxophonist Dave Koz that is currently available on all platforms, called “Sweet Reunion”.
The Earthquake Father’s Day comedy show is his first appearance in the city of brotherly love in a long time and what better way to celebrate Father’s Day in front of and in the heart of the Academy of Music.
The multi-talented artist shared his thoughts on his prestigious career and future 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 show,” he said.
He added: “I am currently working in the music industry. I just released my first single in January, and the second will be coming this summer. ” The name of this single is “I Know” with jazz saxophonist Richard Elliott, who he is the executive producer.
The comedian throughout his life shared what inspired him to take this new course in his career.
“It simply came to our notice then. After I wrote the book, it opened up a lot in me. I had Take 6 in the background, so the book opened up new tapes for me, “Davidson said.
The book he talks about is his autobiography, Live in Color: What’s Funny About Me.
Davidson, a superb impressionist, talks about his role as Oscar Gord in The Proud Family: Louder and Proud.
“The Proud family is back, louder and prouder, and we’re taken for another season,” he said.
Few performers have adapted to the new era of comedy like Davidson. The Internet and political correctness were not even invented when he began his professional career. He shared how he approaches humor in the current context.
“It’s hard to do things as a stand-up comedian because the platforms are shorter. You can be on YouTube in a second, you can be in Tiktok in a second. Usually, to make a good special, it takes an hour, so the playing field has changed. “Stand-up comedy is still an art form that you have to work hard to really achieve,” he said.
In his career as an artist, one of Davidson’s skills was his ability to accurately represent luminaries like Sammy Davis Jr.
He explained what is needed to embody a new person in this case, President Obama. “I heard Obama speak when he first took office. It was a matter of nine days before I could do it. All I did was listen to him carefully and for a moment I could talk like him. ”
In today’s world of humor, it’s hard to know how audiences will interpret humor. He said: “I’m really good at solidifying ideas. I also approach my comedy of proven truths. ”
It was this love for his fans and the community that allowed the artist to endure a thirty-year career. Tommy Davidson explained it best: “I now have generations of fans who come to see me. It’s about positivity and love. “
You can see him on Friday, June 17, along with special guests Bill Bellamy, Tony Roberts and Turae.
For ticket information, visit kimmelculturalcampus.org