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Famed Physical Comedian Brings "Comedy In Motion" To FSU
04/19/2004

Dan Kamin, who created Johnny Depp's physical comedy routines in “Benny and Joon,” brings his eye-popping movement illusions and mind-boggling sleight-of-hand magic to Frostburg State University’s Cultural Events Series on Friday, May 7, 2004, at 7:30 p.m. in the FSU Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Kamin’s show, “Comedy in Motion,” is capped by some of the routines he created for movies such as “Chaplin.” In addition to creating the physical comedy scenes, Kamin played the wooden Indian who came to life in the cult classic “Creepshow 2” and created Martian movement for Tim Burton's “Mars Attacks!”

At age 12, Kamin began his performing career by doing magic shows at the birthday parties of "often obnoxious children." Attending Carnegie Mellon University to study industrial design, his hopes for a “normal career” 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 schools. His “Comedy Concertos,” which blend lowbrow comedy with highbrow music, have become popular with symphonies nationwide. Kamin also creates special programs and pranks for corporate clients such as PPG Industries and Westinghouse.

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 boasts a preface by another Chaplin fan, Marcel Marceau.

During the past several seasons Kamin has performed “Comedy Concertos” with the Boston, Singapore, Philadelphia and Baltimore symphonies, toured his solo shows throughout America and England and directed several hit productions of classic comedies in his hometown of Pittsburgh.

To purchase tickets or to find out more information, call the FSU Cultural Events Box Office at 301-687-3137 or toll free at 1-866-TIXX-CES, or visit online at ces.frostburg.edu.

Additional packages include the Arts Gateway Packages, providing accommodations for two (at The Best Western Braddock in LaVale, Cumberland Holiday Inn or Rocky Gap Resort), selected meal options, transportation between the hotel and the FSU campus, a special gift at check-in, and two tickets for preferred seating for the Cultural Events Series performance.

You can also add a Dinner Show Package to your ticket purchase and transform your performance into an enhancing social event. The Dinner Show package provides you with complimentary transportation to and from the FSU campus to any one of four participating restaurants: BJ’s at the Gladstone, Gehauf’s, Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant and Harrigan’s Restaurant.

This project is partially sponsored by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by the Vira I. Heinz Endowment; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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