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Living in Color: What's Funny about Me

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  12 reviews
In 1990, Tommy Davidson burst onto the scene in the Emmy Award-winning show In Living Color, a pioneering sketch comedy show, featuring a multi-racial cast of actors and dancers who spoke to an underrepresented new generation created by Hip Hop Nation. In this revealing memoir, Tommy shares his unique perspective on making it in Hollywood, being an integral part of ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Shannan Harper
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who was a teenager or older in the 90's probably watched In Living Color. Now one of the stars, Tommy Davidson tells his truth, from the way his adopted mother found him in a trash can, to his time on the show, his family life as well as his addictions. Mr. Davidson gives his truth, in a raw and honest way. I especially appreciated the way his mother made sure he knew the African American part of him (She did a much better job than Lynn's sister did on that episode of Girlfriends). He ...more
Edwin Howard
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Tommy Davidson's LIVING IN COLOR, Davidson recounts his unique family structure and how it was for him as a child. He explains through the many talents of his young person how he enjoyed making people happy. Davidson's growth from his early days in standup to the comedic powerhouse he has become is covered in detail. Along the way, Davidson discusses how addiction, forgiveness, parenthood, and loyalty shaped the person he is now.
There is an overarching feeling throughout the book that
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Norma
Nov 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
pretty funny and interesting at first, but I don't use or want to hear bad language and cusswords, so I certainly don't want to read them. I read about 40 pages and it was getting worse, so I'm done.
Michelle
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing


In this book, Tommy Davidson talks about his life. He talks about how he was adopted, his accomplishments, his career, racism and his struggle with addictions. All in all i give this book five stars.

Here is why: First i love to read stories like this that are written by celebrities because it gives us a chance to see their true selves. He was on in Living color from the start of it until it ended. i re watched some of the episodes and it was a good idea because i needed a laugh. lastly,
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Mike
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Living in Color by Tommy Davidson with Tom Teicholz is honest and candid without being sordid or mean-spirited. There are some revealing details and a few behind the scenes tidbits that will probably result in some bruised egos but nothing likely to cause any great scandal.

Comedian Tommy Davidson came to prominence in the late '80s and early '90s during a time when stand-up comedy was experiencing an all time high due in part to major societal and cultural changes. He also had significant
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Glenda Nelms
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tommy Davidson's memoir is a deeply emotional, inspiring and uplifting discovery of himself. The challenges that he faced throughout his life made him the person that he is today. Davidson gives readers a glimpse of what happened during his years on the TV show "In Living Color.", his comedy roots, and a life of personal and professional highs and lows.

His past was a emotional one, he was abandoned as an Infant on the streets of Greenville, Mississippi, and rescued by a loving white family, he
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Stella
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This memoir from one of the funniest comedians of all time, Tommy Davidson, delves into not only his time on In Living Color, but deeper into his life. From his rather tragic childhood - being literally picked up out of the trash to his drive to comedy stardom, Davidson holds no punches.

Some of the other reviews mention language and racial issues....what did you think you were going to read? This isn't a fluff piece with funny backstage stories. This is the story of a man, living in American
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Donna Hines
If you're a child of the late 70's like myself you're familiar with the show and the FLY GIRLS.
This book attempted to build upon that love by adding some personal insight and history behind the celebrities and their roles.
While I wish I could've enjoyed this more I just felt that it lacked substance.
I was also taken back with the women fighting over Richard Pryor and the like as he wasn't every woman's dream..
However, the show must go on and so I suppose this is just one entry ticket into that
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Kayo
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Super interesting book. His backstory is quite something. Must read.

Thanks to author,publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
Justin Riley
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
In depth insight into one of the greatest comedy shows to ever be produced: In Living Color.
Csimplot Simplot
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!!
Vonda
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Whilst I was enjoying the love within the family and there being no division I feel the book turned racial fairly quickly. It took away from Tommy's story sadly.
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