Comedy in Motion—A Cheap Evening of Expensive Theatre with Dan Kamin at GPAC February 22
[Sarasota, FL: January 29, 2015] A couple of years ago Dan Kamin showcased Charlie Chaplin’s classic comedy at Glenridge in Funny Bones. Now he’s back to showcase his own twisted comic ideas in Comedy in Motion—A Cheap Evening of Expensive Theatre, 2PM on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center (7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota
In Comedy in Motion he takes the audience on a hilarious tour of the performing arts, lampooning everyone from pompous opera singers to sleazy magicians. It’s a wicked evening of satirical fun by a “demented, charming, and brilliant” performer.
“A breathtaking display of theatricality that’s sharp, funny and highly inventive.” – In Pittsburgh Weekly
“Part Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, mixed with Marcel Marceau, Andy Kaufman and Steve Martin. It adds up to a demented, charming and brilliant performance.” — The Morning Call, Allentown, PA
Dan Kamin performs worldwide for theatres, colleges 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–Downey was nominated for an Oscar, and Depp for a Golden Globe Award. He also created Martian movement for Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks! and played the wooden Indian come to life in the cult classic Creepshow 2.
Despite these impressive 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 Dan 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 Dan often appears as a keynote speaker who falls apart. His Comedy Concertos, blending comedy with classical music, have become popular with symphonies worldwide. And as Mr. Slomo he strolls through arts festival crowds in eerie slow motion, terrifying the very children who tormented him as a youth.
Dan 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 boasts 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.
Tickets for Comedy in Motion with Dan Kamin are on sale now, $20 per person, and can be purchased online at www.GPACTix.com, or by calling the GPAC Box Office at 941-552-5325.