Tommy Davidson honors his Pepperbelly’s deal

By From page B1 | April 11, 2014


Tommy Davidson

FAIRFIELD — Tommy Davidson is making good on a commitment he made more than a year ago.

The “In Living Color” star was set to perform at Pepperbelly’s in February 2013. About six weeks before his show, the building hosting the comedy club caught fire. It’s been empty since then.

Davidson, 50, will perform next weekend at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts. Pepperbelly’s will host the event. The appearance falls between shows in Portland, Ore., this weekend and the “In Living Color” reunion tour in Arizona on April 26.

Davidson answered some questions via email. Here’s what he shared.

Q: Please share a favorite memory or story from “In Living Color.”

A: When I did MC Hammer.

Q: How do you learn impressions?

A: Just watch the person close until one day . . . POOF!

Q: Who would you like to do an impression of but have found it challenging to master?

A: Denzel Washington.

Q: What can the audience expect when you stop in Fairfield?

A: The best show they have ever seen!

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t making a living in comedy?

A: Cooking in major restaurants.

Q: You kicked off the new year performing for service members in Afghanistan. How important is it for our men and women overseas to have a few good laughs?

A: It’s the difference between life and death.

Q: Any projects (film, TV) in the works? If so, please share.

A: The Sammy Davis Jr. project. (Davidson is known for his dueling Sammy Davis Jr. impressions. The biopic’s title is “Deconstructing Sammy.”)

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Tommy Davidson

  • 8:30 p.m. April 18
  • 8 p.m. April 19
  • Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, 1035 Texas St.
  • www.pepperbellys.com
  • www.downtowntheatre.com
  • www.tommycat.net
Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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