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Versatile comic Tommy Davidson is back in Ybor

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Comedian Tommy Davidson usually doesn't know what direction his stand-up will take.

"It's hard to track me on stage," the comic said during a telephone interview from his Los Angeles home. "I do a show, but the show happens in two parts: one is stuff I know I'm going to do, the other is stuff I have no idea where it came from. I go in the direction it takes me."

Davidson, 49, will take the stage this weekend at the Tampa Improv.

It will be the first time he's been in Tampa in quite a while. He was last here "before Centro Ybor was built," he recalled.

"I don't have any memories (of Tampa)," added Davidson, who began his stand-up career in Washington, D.C. "But I know I always had a good time there and it was really hot."

Davidson, best known for his role in the 1990s sketch comedy series "In Living Color" says his shtick hasn't changed much since the early days.

He enjoys doing jokes, improv, questions, and, anything else that pops into his head.

And let's not forget impressions. Davidson is known for his parodies of Prince, Michael Jackson and Sammy Davis Jr.

His latest imitation? President Barack Obama.

"It took me about 30 days to get him," Davidson said. "I just listen to him and its just a matter of time before my body and voice do it."

But when asked to offer a preview of the presidents vocals, Davidson politely declined. "I'll sound like Darth Vader if I do it," he replied.

Perhaps it was the three hour time difference and that we possibly woke him up when we called.

Davidson, who lives in Los Angeles, said along with his comedy, he would like to do more feature films.

He made his film debut in 1991 opposite Halle Barry in "Strictly Business." Since then, he's had roles in movies including Spike Lee's "Bamboozled," "Black Dynamite," and "Juwanna Man." And he starred in the 2011 documentary, "I am Comic."

Davidson currently is producing and starring in a film adaptation of the book "Deconstructing Sammy," which chronicles Sammy Davis Jr.'s rise to fame.

"I live for that stuff," Davidson said about acting. "Being on the big screen is different than anything else. Not better, just different. It's a craft. It's a refined art."

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