It’s been 20 years since the world was first introduced to the cast of “In Living Color,” but many of the show’s alums have gone on to dominate Hollywood in film, TV and comedy. The series, created and written by Keenan and Damon Wayans, launched the careers of Jaime Foxx, Jim Carey, David Alan Grier, Jennifer Lopez, Rosie Perez and comedian Tommy Davidson, an entertainer who spans the artistic gamut.
“The ‘90s was a great time for African Americans in Hollywood,” Davidson said in an exclusive interview with the AFRO. “There was about a 10-year span where new shows with all African-American casts seemed to be popping up on a weekly basis. We were moving forward in Black Hollywood and then it just stopped all of a sudden in 2000, and the greed started again. They don’t want us to have anything, and not wanting someone else to have something is called greed.”
Davidson starred in a variety of hit urban films in the ‘90s, including Strictly Business, Booty Call, and Bamboozled. “I had a great time making each of those films,” Davidson added. “I learned a lot about myself, my cast mates and this industry during those days, but I’d have to say some of my greatest lessons came from Keenan Ivory Wayans. He’s just a very smart man. He can do it all.”
Although it’s been years since the original cast of “In Living Color” has worked together, they still all keep in touch. “We’ve of course all gone down our own paths in life, but it’s nothing but love between us.” Davidson stated. “We’ll always be family.”
Life has certainly changed for the comedian since his debut, but his career has flourished in a variety of roles that range from stand-up comedy and acting to music. He recently starred in I Am Comic with Sarah Silverman, Jeff Foxworthy, Kathy Griffin and other top comedians. He is also set to co-star in Chicago Jones, a comedy in theaters next year with Cedric the Entertainer.
But next on his schedule is a trip to the District, where he will perform at the DC Improv. The multitalented performer, who was born in the District and adopted by a White family in Bethesda, Md., said he will always appreciate the DMV. “I love coming home,” Davidson said. “D.C. always shows me love and there’s nothing like home.
“I’m blessed. I’m able to travel all around the country and even different parts of the world doing what I love. I’m happy to still have a stand-up routine that’s genuinely funny and makes people laugh from the time they step in the door until the time they walk out. This industry is not always easy, but it sure is great.”
Tommy Davidson performs at the DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Sept. 9-12. For more information and tickets visit dcimprov.com or call 202-296-7008.