“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
By 1916 Charlie Chaplin had become the most popular person on the planet, drawing crowds in the tens of thousands when he traveled. It was like the frenzy over The Beatles half-a-century later, only Chaplin’s fame was even greater. This program explores that fame, the iconic Tramp character at its core, and what was going on behind the scenes. It is based, in part, on a newly discovered series of thirty-seven articles written in 1916 by Fred Goodwins, one of the actors in Chaplin’s stock company.
Dan Kamin trained Robert Downey, Jr. for his Oscar-nominated performance in Chaplin and created Johnny Depp’s physical comedy routines in Benny and Joon. His entertaining and informative presentation will include the screening of a newly restored version of one of Chaplin’s best short comedies, The Vagabond.
A book signing will follow the lecture. The author’s current book will be available for sale from Classic Lines.