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 sorceror'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.
During recent seasons Dan has toured his solo show, Comedy in Motion, throughout America and performed Comedy Concertos with many symphonies, including Cleveland, Atlanta, Dallas, Malaysia, Singapore, and Shanghai.
work for many years.
The tremendous fun he introduces into concerts belies the
serious thought behind them.
He has a unique talent for physical comedy and wonderful feel
- Ted Wiprud, Director of Education