Mount Vernon – In a joint initiative to promote reading, literacy and sharing Comedian, actor and author Tommy Davidson’s story on navigating racial barriers, the Mount Vernon City School District and the Mount Vernon Public Library have collaborated to bring Tommy Davidson, from In Living Color, to the district, Thursday, January 30, 2020. Davidson will meet with 90 students from Mount Vernon’s three high schools at The Experimental Theatre, Nellie A. Thornton School for the Performing Arts, 121 S 6th Ave.
The students were charged to read a portion of Davidson’s newly released memoir Living in Color: What’s Funny About Me and be ready to discuss. They will talk with Davidson about his life, career, and perspectives from living a life that has never been black and white, just funny and true.
Davidson’s book, Living in Color: What’s Funny About Me, was released this month. In this revealing memoir, Davidson shares his unique perspective on making it in Hollywood, being an integral part of television history, on fame and family, and on life.
Davidson burst onto the scene in 1990 on the Emmy Award-winning show In Living Color, a pioneering sketch comedy show, featuring a multi-racial cast of actors and dancers who spoke to an underrepresented new generation created by Hip Hop Nation.
Abandoned as an infant on the streets of Greenville, Mississippi, and rescued by a loving white family, Davidson gives readers of Living in Color the never-before-told behind-the-scenes story of the show, its incredible rise, his own creation of such unforgettable characters as Sweet Tooth Jones and his impressions of Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Jackson, M.C. Hammer and Sugar Ray Leonard, classic sketches, guest-star skirmishes, backstage tensions and the eventual fall of the show.
He shares his own reflections working with such icons as with Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Louie Anderson, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Spike Lee, Halle Berry, Sam Jackson, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith. And he also shares his very personal story of living with – and being inspired and empowered by – two distinct family histories.