Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Living in Color: What's Funny About Me: Stories from In Living Color By: Tommy Davidson

 This book was great. Needed to take a break from politics for a bit. Tommy Davidson has always been a likable guy. I followed his career path since "In Living Color" as I assume most people did. For a while he disappeared from the limelight. 

I love reading memoirs and biographies because it gives you a voyeuristic view of their lives. Especially when you remember them, as in this case when Davidson was active in "In Living Color".   As a lot of other famous people, drugs and alcohol became a big part of their lives and Davidson was not different. He admits to having a bad substance abuse problem that affected his relationships.  It's not a far departure given that he was literally found in a garbage pile where he had been abandoned by his biological mother. A White family, found him and took him in, subsequently adopting him. However the father-figure of that white family left his wife, two biological kids and Davidson to join a commune. 

Davidson recalls his childhood and not really understanding skin color. In his naive mind as a very young child, he compared his skin color vs his family's to how dogs have different colors of puppies. I really wish we thought that way as adults. More and more, we seem to be self-segregating after all the battles to de-segregate. I guess history does in fact repeat itself. 

Today Tommy Davidson enjoys doing charity work, doing voice work and more importantly, sobriety.  I was happy to read that he is currently doing well and is in a good place. I think he is immensely talented and hope to see (and hear) him for a long time to come. He seems like a really good guy. 

The book not only shines a light on Davidson but also on his contemporaries.  Great names such as Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Jim Carry, Adam Sandler and many, many more.  I recommend this book if you enjoy memoir.  I am glad we did not lose him as so many others we have lost. 

Congrats on sobriety Tommy.  Keep up the good work.

  • Hardcover : 256 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1496712943
  • ISBN-10 : 1496712943
  • Dimensions : 5.72 x 0.9 x 8.52 inches
  • Publisher : Kensington; Illustrated edition (January 28, 2020)
  • Language: : English

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