Tommy Davidson of Adult Swim's Black Dynamite on Next Season's "Crazy-Ass Episodes"

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Tommy Davidson is scheduled to appear July 12 through 14 at the Tempe Improv.

There's a rather presidential-sounding voice that answers Tommy Davidson's cell if the comedian doesn't happen to pick up in time. In fact, it's a dead ringer for the current commander-in-chief: "Hi, I'm Barack Obama and you just called Tommy Davidson's phone." It ain't the actual POTUS on the comic's outgoing voicemail message, but rather his accurate rendition of the prez, one of dozens of impressions in his arsenal.

Besides a mean Fauxbama, he also does a dead-on Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson, and Al Jarreau, among others. Davidson's ample vocal skills and comedic talents -- honed during countless gigs and five seasons on landmark 1990s sketch show In Living Color -- are why he's downright hilarious in films like Juwanna Mann or Woo. Ditto for his latest role as the flamboyant perm-loving pimp Cream Corn in the flick Black Dynamite and the hit Adult Swim cartoon that the blaxploitation spoof inspired.

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Davidson -- who kicks off a three-night, five-gig stint at the Tempe Improv on Friday, July 12 -- obliged a few fanboyish questions about the recurring character when Jackalope Ranch spoke with the comedian by telephone recently. Like, what sort of shenanigans are planned for Black Dynamite's upcoming second season? (Hint: He says there's some "crazy-ass episodes" planned.)

Besides discussing Cream Corn's antics on the Adult Swim program, admittedly his "favorite project" as of late, Davidson also talked about hosting the Chocolate Sundaes Comedy Show special that aired on Showtime back in February (and recently dropped on DVD), what sort of jokes he'll crack at the Improv this weekend, how he's working on a biopic about Rat Pack member Davis, and the possibility of an In Living Color reunion.

So among your many impressions, you do a great imitation of Obama.
I do, I do [said as Obama].

Do you have any new material about the recent controversies with the Obama administration and the IRA or NSA?
I don't really go with anything specific to politics, I just do my rendition of his voice and how he talks. And I take whatever subject matter I can get coming out of his mouth if it sounds funny and feel-good, and I make it sound funnier.

You've also done Sammy Davis Jr. on In Living Color and in your stand-up. We hear you've even got a Sammy biopic in the works.
Yes. I've got the rights to a very good book called Deconstructing Sammy and I'd like to take it and turn it into a movie.

We imagine it gets into some really explicit deals about his life.
Without a doubt. It's [about] his relationship with the mob, his relationship with Frank Sinatra, how he was mistreated by the Kennedy administration but was one of the key components of John Kennedy becoming president. He had personal relationships with Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix . . . he helped start out Clint Eastwood's career. His personal relationships were incredible. He married one of the most popular white actresses in Hollywood [May Britt] during a time when blacks couldn't eat ice cream sundaes in a public diner. That will tell you who he is.

Plus, he was one cool mofo . . .
Yeah, definitely. You can't take that away. We all know that part.


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Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre

930 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

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