In Living Color Comedy Tour
with David Alan Grier & Tommy Davidson
Friday, May 13 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
David Alan Grier
Countless theater, television, film and comedic endeavors have pushed David Alan Grier’s career to remarkable heights. His ability to excel across all mediums and contexts is a testament to his inherent sense of comedic timing and creative drive. The three-time Tony® and Grammy® Award nominee was trained in Shakespeare at Yale, where he received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Grier has received many accolades and awards throughout his career, not the least of which was his inclusion on Comedy Central’s list of the “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.”
On the big screen, Grier recently starred in Peeples (2013), produced by Tyler Perry, opposite Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson. He made his film debut in Streamers (1983), directed by Robert Altman for which he won the Golden Lion for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival. He also appeared in the Wayans Brothers’ spoof movie, Dance Flick (2009).
Grier’s television work is highlighted by his turn as a principal cast member on the Emmy® Award-winning In Living Color (1990–1994), where he created and portrayed some of the show’s most memorable characters. He starred in DAG (2000–2001) and Life with Bonnie (2003), which earned him Image Award and Golden Satellite Award nominations. In 2008, David created, wrote and starred in Comedy Central’s Chocolate News. Last year, he starred as ‘Principal Carl Gaines’ in Bad Teacher on CBS. He will next be seen in NBC comedy series The Carmichael Show.
Tommy Davidson’s exceptional range, from stand-up comedy and acting to versatile music accomplishments, has earned him a reputation as an extraordinary performer. Best known as one of the stars of the hit television show In Living Color, his visibility has allowed him to become a household name known for his innovative talent.
Davidson’s first national television appearance with a starring role was in Partners in Crime and was the conduit to Keenan Ivory Wayans, who proved instrumental in Davidson’s career by offering him an opportunity to audition and join the uniquely talented cast of the most adventurous primetime variety show on television, In Living Color. He, Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier made TV history.
Davidson’s hilarious impressions of Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson and other icons have become infamous. His dynamism on In Living Color led to three Showtime specials: On Strength of New York, Illin’ in Philly and Takin’ it to DC. Other credits include the lead in the Disney’s animated series, The Proud Family, a host on FOX’s The NFL Show, the lead in Will Smith’s animated series, Youngin’s, starring in 2011’s landmark documentary, I Am Comic and starring in the critically-lauded spoof comedy, Black Dynamite, as the character 'Cream Corn.'
Next up on the feature film front is the adaptation of lauded biographical novel, Deconstructing Sammy, in which Davidson will not only produce but also star as the iconic Sammy Davis Jr. in the role of one the greatest entertainers of the twentieth century.