Onstage, Tommy Davidson has sometimes been a whirl of activity. But now he's the quiet-normal-traditional guy ... at least when paired with Corey Feldman on "Celebrity Wife Swap." That episode, the season-finale, airs Sunday (Aug. 19); here's the story I sent to papers:
(Fun TV story about
Tommy Davidson and the “Celebrity Wife Swap” season-finale,
By Mike Hughes
Tommy Davidson is no
expert on traditional-style families.
He was found in the
trash (literally) and raised amid chaos. His grown-up years have been
But now the
“Celebrity Wife Swap” season-finale pegs him as the normal guy.
-- Sent Amanda Moore
– then Davidson's fiance, now his wife – to the home of actor
Corey Feldman. He shares it with three women, she said: “There's a
'main angel' and 'angels in training.'”
-- Sent Courtney --
that main angel -- to Davidson's house, where she found a different
Courtney, who eats
only fruit, was greeted by Davidson making a hardy meat barbecue.
Moore, a businesswoman, was greeted by a suggestion that she change
into some lingerie.
None of this was his
idea, he said. Davidson, 51, doesn't watch reality shows, but Moore
does and thought he'd be ideal. “People don't know him as a family
man and as a really good father.”
Anything like that
would be an accomplishment, when you consider the early odds against
When he was 18
months old, Davidson has been told, he was found in the trash in
Mississippi. He was adopted by a well-meaning couple and whisked to
Colorado, Wyoming (yes, his adoptive family tree includes a cowboy)
He was 5 when the
family reached Washington, D.C., a week after Martin Luther King was
killed. A black kid with white parents, he had been unaware of racial
rage; now he was surrounded by it.
Davidson was raised
mainly by his mother, who was busy as a housing-union presoident. “I
was a latchkey kid,” he said. “She was a single mom in the '70s,
He did various jobs,
eventually becoming an assistant chef. Then friends nudged him to try
an open mike at a D.C. strip club. Comedy came easily, he said. “It's
something that's in me.”
Soon, he was opening
for music stars – Patti La Belle, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker and
Al Jarreau; just three years into his career, he was hired by Keenen
Ivory Wayans for the “In Living Color” show.
talents of Tommy Davidson (had) the versatility to mimic” M.C,
Hammer and Spike Lee, Nelson George wrote in the show's companion
book (Warner Books, 1991).
This was an all-star
line-up, including Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier .
“Keenan was very professional,” Davidson said. “He had people
who did stand-up, impressions, acting.”
And Davidson could
tackle anyting, including music. “He seems like he's a reserve, but
he's actually an important part of the ensemble,” Wayans told
George. “He's the guy who comes on in the clutch.”
Davidson went on to
do stand-up tours, co-host Magic Johnson's talk show, guest on
comedies and be a voice-cast regular on “The Proud Family” and,
currently, “Black Dynamite.”
His personal life
has been scattered, but in recent years he's been with Moore, an
(5-foot-7-and-a-half) and blonde; he's not. Her parents were together
45 years; his weren't.
“I'm creative, more of a free spirit,” he said. “She's
organized, very task-oriented.”
A single mom with a
pre-school son, she created a store (Lil Posh Resale) in Costa Mesa,
in California's Orange County. Davidson describes their home as
That's not how
Feldman describes his world. He has the Corey's Angels talent agency,
managing women and booking them for lingerie parties.
Soon, Moore was in
lingerie and Courtney was at a barbecue. Wife swaps can be
-- “Celebrity Wife
-- 10 p.m.
Wednesday (Aug. 19), ABC