He found that first open mic in a rather interesting fashion. "I responded to an ad on Craigslist to perform at the world famous Comedy Store," he says. "I remember a lot of my favorite actors that I liked to watch in film and on television had a standup background, so I told myself, 'Let's try it. If I'm bad, I won't do it anymore. If I'm good, I'll see where it takes me.' So far, it's gotten me to Minneapolis," he adds with a laugh.
Performing standup regularly led to other jobs, which led Davis to a realization. "I saw all the opportunities there were onscreen and off, and I decided to educate myself more about the business of comedy. Then I thought, 'I want to add this to what I do, comedian alongside actor. Just add that slash.'"
So far, it has worked out well. Several of the writing jobs he obtained because of his standup in turn led to opportunities to act. "Standup has allowed me to present myself as an actor to more people than if I was just going to auditions. Comedy and acting go hand in hand. One job opens the door to another."
Davis would like to bring it all full circle. "I want to be in a position like Eddie Murphy, Will Ferrell, or Jim Carey. Guys that are so popular and successful that they're starring in their own films and also developing projects for others. I want to develop things that I think are entertaining and worthwhile. Maybe I'm not even in it, but there are people out there who need a break or help, and I'll be able to give them that opportunity."
Standup and acting aren't his only interests though. "I grew up being a sketch artist and doing figure drawings," he says. "So I'm into all things art whether it's painting, drawing. I also do music. But I feel comedy is the best vessel for me to follow my dreams."IF YOU GO:
The House of Comedy
Mall of America, 408 E. Broadway, Bloomington; 952-858-8558
18+; 21+ later shows
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Friday; 9:45 p.m. Friday; 7 p.m. Saturday; 9:30 p.m. Saturday