Friday, February 15, 2013

Michael Davis

A third-generation San Franciscan, Michael's creative efforts began early. In high school, he was a published poet and won the school acting award. In the early ‘70's, Michael was intrigued with the art of clowning, and was handpicked from over 2,000 applicants to attend Clown College. Upon graduation, he landed a job as a clown with the Ringling Brothers Circus.

After several years of circus life on the road, he returned to San Francisco and began to create his act. He established a fast-growing word-of-mouth reputation. He stayed on the streets for three years, receiving various offers to perform ("All you need in show business are two or three hundred good breaks," says Michael), and next branched out to perform at conventions, fundraiser's, corporate events, benefits, schools, and local nightclubs.

Spotted by a talent agent in 1979, he was hired to perform on HBO's The Young Comedian's Show, his first major television appearance. Next came Broadway Follies. Said a New York Times critic of Michael's performance, "I was as close as I have ever been to rolling in an aisle with laughter." Sugar Babies followed, and soon his notices brought him to the attention of Saturday Night Live's producers, resulting in six guest appearances on the show.

Michael has been featured on The Dick Cavett Show, The Tonight Show, Merv Griffin, 20/20, and Night of 100 Stars, among others. A Command Performance at the Ford Theatre found him in the company of Liza Minnelli, Ben Vereen, and Natalia Makarova. He has been honored by his peers with a Drama Desk Nomination and a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in Sugar Babies.

Citing Jack Benny, Fred Allen, and Charlie Chaplin as his greatest comedic influences, Michael best appreciates humor that he can perform for any audience, a type of "new vaudeville." "I love it when I do a show and there are kids and grandparents laughing at the same joke," he says, "It is a type of humor that doesn't age." Audiences certainly agree.

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"Mr. Davis is an inspired deadpan comedian.  I was as close as I have ever been to rolling in an aisle with laughter.  Nothing could top him." - New York Times

"An inventive performer that would bring down the house no matter where he worked...he drew a kind of laughter so gut-deep it was disabling."The L.A Times


Part 1 and 2 of his performance at the Historic Ford Theaterin front on President Ronald Reagan"


Performing on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and on HBO's Comic Relief



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Michael Davis answers 25 of the Best

Who was the last person you told "I Love You"?
Michael:  My teenage son, going off to school.

What will you find in your refrigerator if you looked right now?
Michael:  Milk for teenagers, almond milk for me, strawberries, salmon, pesto, yogurt, chicken, chocolate, lettuce, cheese, maple syrup and of course apples and eggs.

What was the last expletive that you used?
Michael:  I said this exact word; mothertruckers.

When was the last time you cried?
Michael:  I found myself crying recently while watching Charlie Chaplin in the movie Limelight.

What is the worst tasting thing you have ever eaten?
Michael:  Unripe persimmon.

In the film of your life, who plays you and what is the title?
Michael:  The film of my life is "What Goes Up" starring James Caan.

What is the last furry thing that you touched?
Michael:  One of my two Havanese dogs.

When was the last time you had a hangover?
Michael:  Hangover from alcohol 13 years ago.

Do you remember the last time you saw a random act of kindness?
Michael:  Yesterday my neighbor came over and gave me golf balls that were left to her by her deceased husband.

If your iPod could only hold 3 songs, what would they be?

Michael:  San Francisco Bay Blues by Ramblin Jack Elliott, He Was A Friend of Mine by Dave Van Ronk, and Everybody's Talkin by Fred Neil (these have been my favorites since 1971) Everybody's Talkin At Me by Fred Neil.

What are you currently reading?
Michael:  My Life and Times by Henry Miller, a biography of Abbot and Costello, and The Teachings of Baghwan Rajneesh.

Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
Michael:  Yes. A dancer. She got over it in a day or two and went on to become a star of stage,tv and film.

If personalities had an odor, what would you smell like?
Michael:  An attic with old oak floors.

You are running in a race and overtake the second-place runner. What position are you now in?Michael:  Second.

Describe your happy place?
Michael:  Backstage after a show where a new joke got a big laugh.

What is the longest period that you have ever gone without taking a bath?
Michael:  I was in the circus for a year.

What is your theme song?
Michael:  "That's life" Frank Sinatra.

Have you ever been spanked or spanked someone as an adult?
Michael:  Yes.

What do you do when you feel sad or depressed?
Michael:  Eat ice cream and watch reality tv.

If you were being attacked by the tickle monster, who would you want it to be?
Michael:  Sophia Loren.

Do you believe in ghosts? Why?
Michael:  Yes I have felt spirit presence.

Describe the perfect kiss using no more than 5 words?
Michael:  kiss; meeting trusting right truthful delicious.

What is your greatest fear?
Michael:  Harm to a child.

What is the best dish you can cook?
Michael:  I cook everything from Ceasar Salad to Beef Wellington. Best dish: omelette.

Do you truly feel loved?
Michael:  As far as I have shown myself, and am known, I feel loved..

Thank you, Michael!

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