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Chatting with Tommy Davidson

Let’s put priorities in place: Tommy Davidson likes to pamper his tootsies.

That’s why the comedian, 47, loves doing shows in Miami.“I want to marinate — I am gonna do some relaxin’ and get a pedicure,’’ he says from his L.A. home. “’Cause after that, instead of putting on my shoes and socks and get going, I get my flip-flops on and have my feet out there for two days.’’Davidson’s first foray into manscaping — at a salon in New York — was an experience to remember. Or forget.“I was scared. I didn’t want anyone to see my feet,’’ he recalls. “But I looked down at all the women and said, ‘Man, I have no problem here.’ Their feet looked like they could just grab a salmon out of the stream. I’m not lying. They had toes looking like pretzels. I was like, what the heck?!’’Besides a paraffin wax, Tommy has other plans — downing some locally made coffee to get hyped up for his six sets at the Miami Improv in Coconut Grove Thursday through Sunday.“Cubans know about their espresso,’’ he says. “It’s like turbo crude oil. That stuff’ll kill you, man.’’The former

In Living Color

star, who has been in such movies as

Spike Lee

’s

Bamboozled

,

Black Dynamite

and the upcoming

Chicago Pulaski Jones

(with

Cedric the Entertainer),

is going more topical. “Right now I’m talking about people, the difference between black and white people,’’ he says. “Plus I’ll do a little bit of everything and some new impressions.’’Like

President Obama

, for one: “Well, I just had some Poppycock for breakfast,’’ Davidson says in a stiffer, more uptight voice. “It’s a nice combination of caramel corn and peanuts.’’Not bad (especially since it’s 9 a.m. Los Angeles time and he just woke up). The Washington, D.C., native also impersonates a wide range of celebrities from

Sylvester Stallone

to

Prince

and dead-on

MC Hammer,

a vintage hit from his

In Living Colo

r days. Ever speak to anyone from the old gang?“Not really. Everyone’s working. I think the closest I came was seeing

Marlon

and

Shawn

[

Wayans

] at Sundance.’’When we remind him that former Fly Girl

Jennifer Lopez

is down here part of the year because she is part owner of the Miami Dolphins, Davidson perks up.“Good grief! I’m actually jealous!’’ he says. “Oscar, fine. Grammy, fine. Make $20 million a movie, fine [ed’s note: all untrue].“But part owner of a football team? Now I’m getting mad.’’

MADELEINE MARR For tickets to the $20 shows, go to miamiimprov.com.
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