Anyone who ever watched “In Living Color” knows that Tommy Davidson is one funny guy, but in an upcoming appearance on Jada Pinkett Smith’s “Red Table Talk” he opens up about his past issues with addiction, which he says became so severe that he feared he could no longer make people laugh.
In a sneak peek at the episode, titled “Surviving the Unthinkable: How to Overcome Adversity,” Davidson recalls the precise moment when he realized he had hit rock bottom.
“Philadelphia. I did a show. I was going on stage that night, my talent was gone,” he tells Pinkett Smith and her mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris. “That thing that came out of my mouth so naturally, was gone.”
“So you bombed?” asks Pinkett Smith.
“It was more than that,” he explains. “I wouldn’t consider that a bomb. What I would consider that is a solid message: If I gave it to you, I can take it from you.”
The full episode will debut on Monday, Nov. 11, and will also feature Davidson discussing his experiences with racism, being abandoned as an infant, and learning how to overcome the pain of his past.