While other alumni of In Living Color went on to bigger fame (Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier, Jamie Foxx), Tommy Davidson was perhaps an even more valuable all-around utility player, the Phil Hartman of the ensemble. Davidson is in town for a weekend run at the Houston Improv, with two shows on Friday.
"It was really funny -- it was genuinely funny," he told GapersBlock.com about the groundbreaking sketch comedy show, still popular online. "It was one of the funniest things ever that will stand the test of time because it was just pure."
Davidson released a DVD of his standup comedy last year, Chocolate Sundaes. But right now he's also riding high as the voice of "Cream Corn" on the highly rated Adult Swim Blaxploitation satire cartoon Black Dynamite. And he enjoys the experience of letting just his voice make people laugh. "I like that I don't have to worry about how I look on camera," he continues. "I can just express myself and make whatever sounds and voices I need to make and not worry about how I look." He also hopes to complete a project in the near future that uses his amazing Sammy Davis Jr. impression, which will surely make an appearance in Houston.
8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Improv Comedy Showcase, 7620 Katy Freeway. For information, call 713‑333‑8800 or visit improvhouston.com. $20 to $32.
For all you movie mavens out there -- and we do mean "out" -- we have a film festival for you! The Houston GLBT-Q International Film Festival cruises into town with a five-day international array of world premiere features, documentaries, music videos, live performances and panel discussions. This is the event's 18th year, an unbridled accomplishment that not even our gay sister on the bay, San Fran, can better. The venues are as multicultural as the lineup: Alamo Drafthouse, Aurora Picture Show, The Houston Museum of African American Culture, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 14 Pews, Brasil Café, FBar and The Montrose Center. Holy Hugh Jackman!
The fireworks have already begun, but Saturday is particularly hot. Start the day at the Montrose Counseling Center with a news clip retrospective celebrating Queer Nation Houston, our own in-your-face, go-for-broke confrontational protest group. Then gallop over to the MFAH for Monika Treut's lesbian pastoral Of Girls and Horses, which premiered at the Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in May in Turin. Spend the afternoon in a hazy gay time warp with cinematic nods to Jean-Luc Godard as George Markakis seduces you with India Blues: Eight Feelings, but end your evening on a wistful note with Becca Roth's 2014 documentary One: A Story of Love and Equality, which depicts the struggles in North Carolina to overturn the state's constitutional amendment for gay marriage.
Sunday ups the voltage with Yann Gonzalez's sublimely art-directed (and very French) study of an open marriage, You and the Night, co-starring French soccer superstar Eric Cantona and Alain-Fabien Delon, the beautiful son of the beautiful French film superstar Alain Delon. Later in the day, cast off that mimosa haze with Madina Mustafina's pore-revealing documentary about Zhenya, a transgender in Uzbekistan, Come On, Scumbags, which we predict will be the highlight of highlights in this amazingly eye-opening and revealing film festival.
A complete list of all screenings, activities and times is available at qfest.org. Screening times, locations and prices vary. Of Girls and Horses screens at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, visit q‑fest.org. $10. This story continues on the next page.
The Landing Theatre Company's latest production, David Ives's All in the Timing, has a short run -- just nine performances at the Alley Kat Bar and Lounge in all but there are still three shows left, including a Saturday performance. Director Paige Kiliany tells us, "I want our audiences to know that this is a classic show but we're presenting it in a very modern, exciting way." She promises audiences a fast-paced, energetic performance. A collection of six short comedies by Ives, All in the Timing has a cast of six, each of whom performs multiple characters. "The characters range from Philip Glass to a con artist to monkeys to Trotsky," Kiliany says.
"One of the reasons we were attracted to this show is that it's an American classic. It's also very funny, and the fact that all of the actors get to portray at least two completely different characters makes this a fantastic challenge for them and also [for] me as a director." Houston actors Lindsey Ball, Scott Gibbs, Will Gough, Mai Le, Robert Meza and Sammi Sicinski make up the cast.
7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Alley Kat Bar and Lounge, 3718 Main. For information, visit landingtheatre.org. $15.
As any proper sneaker fanatic will tell you, the H-Town Sneaker Summit is the very best place to be on Sunday if you want to buy, sell, trade, browse or just gawk over thousands and thousands of sneakers. From vintage and collectibles to the biggest and best new releases, this community event really is the next best thing to swipin' those Jordans out of Sir Michael's own hands.
The one-day Summit has been a hit since its inception back in 2004, and in the ten years since, it has only grown in size and esteem. After a number of groundbreaking sneaker firsts -- it was the first such event to be held in a professional sports arena -- Complex magazine named it one of the 50 greatest moments to change sneaker culture. Those are some big accolades coming from the fashion footwear conglomerate, but the event is well-deserving of the honor. After all, the sneaker market will attract about 5,000 people this year, thanks to all those awesome kicks. Even the celebrity guests can't pass up a good pair of limited-edition Adidas. A number of big-name hip-hop stars are slated to appear, and with the market boasting so many rare sneaker finds, we doubt there's any place Pusha T or Curren$y would rather be.
H-Town's Sneaker Summit. 3 to 8 p.m. NRG Center (formerly Reliant Center), One Reliant Park. For information, call 832‑667‑1400 or visit sneakersummit.com. $20 to $30.
The musical version of Little Shop of Horrors is based on Roger Corman's nonmusical 1960 low-budget film of the same title that has become a cult classic. The show opened at Manhattan's Orpheum Theater in the East Village in 1982 and ran for five years, closing in 1987 after 2,209 performances and a number of off-Broadway awards, making it then the biggest-grossing off-Broadway production of all time. It has become a staple of community theaters -- we had another Houston production in April -- as it provides rich humor, sweet melodic ballads mixed with doo-wop, and enough charm to float a battleship. On Sunday, you have the chance to see it with Inspiration Stage, one of Houston's newest (and youngest) theater companies.
You probably already know some of the songs, such as "Suddenly Seymour" and "Skid Row (Downtown)." Audrey II, named after young florist Seymour's would-be girlfriend, is a sci-fi alien plant that grows in size as it consumes (gasp!) human blood, so Seymour has some tough moral choices to make.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Drive, Sugar Land. For information, call 713-302-5329 or visit inspirationstage.com. $10 to $35.
Bob Ruggiero, Angelica Leicht, D.L. Groover and Jim J. Tommaney contributed to this post.
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