Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Tommy Davidson to host Basketball Man premiere

Comedy superstar Tommy Davidson will host the world premiere of Frozen Pictures' feature documentary, Basketball Man, September 27th at the House of Blues in Las Vegas.

The world-famous comedian, singer and actor has been in high demand since he first won prominence in the original cast of TV’s In Living Color, alongside Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, and Keenen Ivory & Damon Wayans.

For Davidson, the show launched a spectacular career that includes TV specials, the hit series The Proud Family, concert tours and movies like Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Booty Call, and Spike Lee’s Bamboozled.

Davidson also has more than one major basketball connection, having starred in the outrageous basketball comedy motion picture, Juwanna Mann (“…the Cloud 9 of hoops movies!” says Tabloid Baby) and delivering comedy magic with Magic Johnson in his late night talk show.

Twenty minutes of the full-length Basketball Man feature(the documentary about the life and legacy of basketball’s inventor, Dr. James Naismith), will be shown at the charity event at the nightclub inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The night will also include a sports auction and VIP party in the House of Blues' exclusive Foundation Room.

The premiere promises to be high-rolling and star-studded.

Event sponsors and Basketball Man executive producers, Louis Pack and Keith Zimmerman of Double Dog Sports & Entertainment, have invited high-profile guests from the sports and entertainment worlds, including NBA legends Oscar Robertson, Julius Erving, Rick Barry, Steve Nash and Nate Archibald.

“Getting Tommy Davidson to host puts this fundraiser over the top,” Zimmerman said. “He's a tremendous talent, a great entertainer, and has a real connection to the game. He's an all-star player who'll make the night even more special as folks get the opportunity to preview a powerful documentary and hang with some superstars.”

The House of Blues event is only part of a gala two-day charity event that begins Tuesday, September 26 with the very first Dr. James Naismith Golf Classic at the Rio Secco Golf Club.

Players will have the opportunity to golf 18 holes with a celebrity or pro, on a course designed by Rees Jones, and try to beat Tiger Woods’ course record of 64.

Proceeds will go to the Naismith International Basketball Foundation and other charities.

Renee DiGiulio and Ian Naismith of the Naismith International Basketball Foundation, outside the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, site of the September 27th Basketball Man premiere.

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