Andy or “Doc” Davis currently teaches in the award-winning Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) Program at Cal Poly Pomona.
Previously he has taught in the Liberal Studies Department at Otis College of Art and Design (2004-201), the Department of Humanities at Cooper-Union (1999-2001). He has taught in the Department of Theatre at New York University (1996, 1998, 2000) and at Cal Poly Pomona (2005-6, 2009).
He holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University, where he specialized in the study of Comedy and American Popular Entertainments. It builds on a Master’s Degree in Folklore and Mythology from UCLA, and a thirty-year career in improvisational comedy.
He is author of two award-winning books: Baggy Pants Comedy: Burlesque and the Oral Tradition (Palgrave Macmillan 2011) received as an Outstanding Academic Title of 2012 by the American Library Association. His previous book – America’s Longest Run: A History of the Walnut Street Theatre (Penn State Press, 2010) – was recognized as the book of the year by the American Theatre and Drama Society.
In addition to a full-time teaching schedule, he continues to perform regularly as one-half of the comedy team of Doc and Stumpy. They produce and perform four shows a year in North Hollywood, and appear in burlesque shows around Los Angeles and at Burlesque Festivals around the country.