Andy “Doc” Davis

docandyBaggyPantsComedy.comTM, Baggy Pants BurlesqueTM and Baggy Pants ProductionsTM are initiatives by Andrew “Doc” Davis, the author of Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

Dr. Davis has been researching burlesque comedy for nearly twenty years, and has amassed a collection of over 1500 classic comedy scripts. He has culled through his collection to find the best comedy routines from the golden age of vaudeville and burlesque and updated them for modern audiences.

Performing Background
Trained in improvisational comedy at San Francisco’s Improvisation Inc. and at Second City in Los Angeles, “Doc” Davis has performed with a number of improv and sketch comedy troupes, including Improvisation Inc., Spaghetti Jam and the Los Angeles Journalism Revue. He worked for the better part of a decade at the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire, where he founded the Fools Guild – originally an improv comedy troupe, which evolved into an association of comedic performers, historical re-enactors and other artists that has produced shows and themed events for over thirty years.

More recently he has performed classic burlesque comedy with Baggy Pants Burlesque, and partnered with David Springhorn as “Doc and Stumpy.” The duo performs classic burlesque scenes at shows in the Los Angeles area, where they emcee the Monday Night Tease in Hollywood, and has appeared at Teaseorama, the Moisture Festival, Miss Exotic World, the Burlesque Hall of Fame and Dixie Evans Burlesque Show.

Academic Background
Drawing on his performing background, Davis entered UCLA’s Folklore and Mythology Program in 1991, completing his Master’s Degree two years later. While a graduate student, he produced a two-day conference titled Burlesque: Tradition and Transgression, which brought together scholars and veterans of the burlesque stage to discuss this influential and intriguing art form. He continued his education at the Performance Studies Department at NYU, completing his doctorate in 2000. Currently, he teaches at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and at Cal Poly Pomona.

Author and Curator
Dr. Davis is the author of several books, including America’s Longest Run: The History of the Walnut Street Theatre (Penn State Press), which was awarded a prize the American Theatre and Drama Society as the Best Book Written on Theatre and/or Performance in 2010. He has curated museum exhibitions on entertainment-related topics for the Museum of the City of New York and for the Smithsonian Institution, and has produced educational and theatrical events for museums and communities in New York and Los Angeles.

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