Sure Tommy Davidson is a comedian and a star of both the small and big screen, but few things elevate your status as an entertainer like becoming a cartoon character. And while he played “Oscar Proud” on the Proud Family, his permed-out pimp character Cream Corn on the hit Adult Swim show “Black Dynamite” is far cry from a TV-G family man. Cream Corn may not be a badass per se, but he definitely fights right alongside one in the show. Adapted from the movie Black Dynamite where he played the same pimped out character that actually ends up dying, he is thankfully alive and well in the TV series and getting into crazy adventures with fellow cartoon versions of celebrities like Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Richard Nixon, and OJ Simpson.
Keeping with the cartoon theme, we were wondering who Tommy Davidson's favorite cartoon badasses were over the years and before his headlining gig at the Brea Improv this Thursday through Sunday (October 18th- 21st), we had the chance to ask him just that!
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OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): Since you are such a kid a heart I am thinking this list is going to be beyond easy for you.
Tommy Davidson: Oh yeah, that's easy but you are probably going to think my picks are corny but I'll start with number five….
5. Racer X
Racer X was Speed Racer's estranged brother but he was better than Speed by all means. He hardly said anything but anytime that Speed got into trouble, he would come to the rescue. Racer X was really cool and he had a car with a black 9 on it, it was badass! He also wore a black mask with an X on the forehead. Yeah baby come on, we're talking Racer X here!
4. Race Bannon
Race Bannon was the guy who was on Johnny Quest who always kicked people's ass. He was Johnny Quest's body guard. He looked like Steve McQueen and dressed in what looked like Khakis, white converse, and Dickies with his hair cropped nice and short. He was a cool dude.
My number three is Panthro. Panthro was one of the ThunderCats and he was the technical guy who fixed the ThunderTank. Anytime there were technical problems he was all over it! They were all a manifestation of cats so he was a manifestation of a panther. A Panthro. He had the tights and the whole nine yards but his stuff was cool looking.
2. Hong Kong Phooey
Hong Kong Phooey would be my next pick. Hong Kong Phooey kicked ass and obviously he was black. You know a black child in America is going to be looking to cartoons for inspiration! I remember Hong Kong Phooey when it was a pilot so that is how far back I am coming from. I was waiting for it to premiere! [Laughs.] He also had a partner that was a cat named Stripe but he had spots, so I thought that was cool too. He kicked ass throughout the whole cartoon. They knew martial arts so you can't do better than that!
1. Pink Panther
I think the ultimate badass is Pink Panther. The reason why is because the Pink Panther never says anything. He is all action. Everything he does is based on what makes sense so I think he is really complex. I was wondering why when I was a kid he was my favorite one and I think it's because he didn't have to say anything to anyone. He was a doer. That's my number one badass. I just wish they would have called him the Black Panther.
Check out Black Dynamite on Adult Swim, follow Tommy Davidson on Twitter @TommyCat, and get updates on what he's up to and where he'll be next on his website. Get your tickets now to see Tommy at the Brea Improv this Thursday through Sunday (October 18th- 21st) by calling 714-482-0700 or by logging onto www.improv.com. The Improv is located at 120 South Brea Blvd. Brea, CA 92821