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Charlie Chaplin Comedy, April 22-23, 2015

Dan Kamin. A one-of-a-kind event will take WVSU students and the public on a magical excursion as Dan Kamin presents his one-man Funny Bones: The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin and teaches a master class in mime. All performances, workshops and master classes are free and open to the public.
Wed. 4/22/15 7 pm Workshop: “The Magic of Movement” Fannin S. Belcher Theatre, Davis Fine Arts
Thurs. 4/23/15 7:30 pm Funny Bones:The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin Fannin S. Belcher Theatre, Davis Fine Arts

Kamin created the physical comedy sequences for the films Chaplin and Benny and Joon.  He also coached Robert Downey, Jr. and Johnny Depp for their respective acclaimed performances in those films.  Mr. Kamin will present his one-man show  Funny Bones:  The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin and teach a master class in mime. Funny Bones celebrates 100 years of "The Little Tramp”.  This one-of-a-kind event will take audiences on a magical excursion into Chaplin's enchanted comic world through film clips, live performance, and the screening of a restored version of The Pawnshop, Chaplin's short 1916 masterpiece.   
            Dan Kamin performs worldwide for theatres, arts festivals and symphony orchestras.  On film, he created the physical comedy sequences for Chaplin and Benny and Joon, and trained Robert Downey, Jr. and Johnny Depp for their acclaimed starring performances.  He played the wooden Indian come to life in the cult classic Creepshow 2, and created the Martian girl’s weird movement for Tim Burton’s horror spoof Mars Attacks!                                     
          Despite his impressive stage and screen credits, Dan’s artistic beginnings were humble.  At age twelve he began his performing career as a boy magician, struggling to entertain audiences of hyperkinetic, sugar-crazed children at birthday parties.  Attending Carnegie Mellon University to study industrial design, Dan’s hopes for a normal life evaporated when he saw the eye-popping movement illusions practiced by master mime Jewel Walker.  He promptly became the sorcerer’s apprentice.
          The great silent comedy films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin added more fuel to his fire, and soon Kamin was touring the country with his first original show, Silent Comedy...Live!  Undeterred by the fact that vaudeville was long dead, he cobbled a new vaudeville circuit out of colleges, theatres, and corporations, for whom Kamin often appears as a keynote speaker who falls apart.  He also becomes "Mr. Slomo," an eerie character who strolls into arts festival crowds in slow motion, terrifying the very children who tormented him as a youth. 
          Kamin returned to his comedy roots to write Charlie Chaplin's One-Man Show, revealing the secrets of Chaplin's comic art.  Hailed as a breakthrough work, the book boasted a preface by another Chaplin fan, Marcel Marceau.  Dan’s new book The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin: Artistry in Motion, updates his earlier book and features an account of how he trained Downey for his Oscar-nominated performance.
            During recent seasons Dan has toured his solo shows throughout America and performed Comedy Concertos with many symphonies, including West Virginia, Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Shanghai, Singapore and Malaysia.
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