Comedy of Charlie Chaplin Comes to Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville

NEW MARTINSVILLE — ArtsLink presents Funny Bones– The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin at 7:30 p.m. March 14 at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville on Thursday.

The program is hosted by Dan Kamin, who trained Robert Downey Jr. for his Oscar-nominated performance in Chaplin and created Johnny Depp’s comedy moves for Benny and Joon. In this one-of-a-kind multimedia event, Kamin takes audiences on a magical excursion into Chaplin’s enchanted comic world. Following the screening of a newly restored print of “The Pawnshop,” Chaplin’s 1916 comic masterpiece, he peels the layers of the film to reveal the secrets that keep it fresh, funny and surprisingly relevant today. You’ll learn all about Chaplin’s remarkable body language and brilliant visual comedy, and you’ll also see some brilliant visual comedy and sleight-of-hand from Kamin. This program won’t just change the way you look at Chaplin’s world–it will change the way you look at your own as well. As Robert Downey, Jr. said, “Dan’s insights are amazing.”

Asked about his movie work, Kamin said, “Classic movies inspired me, and I came full circle by adding classic visual comedy to modern films. I taught Johnny Depp how to roll the coin around his fingers the way he does at the end of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.’ But does he call? Never.” In addition to working with Depp and Downey, Kamin played the wooden Indian that came to life in the cult classic “Creepshow 2” and created Martian movement for Tim Burton’s “Mars Attacks!”

Kamin will also do a series of “pop-up” performances around town. He’ll appear in several local schools, he says, “to combat the influence of rational thought.” He’ll also turn into his alter-ego, “The Amazing Mr. Slomo,” a mysterious figure who moves in hypnotic slow motion and dazzles onlookers with astonishing displays of sleight of hand magic. Mr. Slomo will confound diners at Quinet’s Court Restaurant during the lunch hour on Tuesday and bamboozle shoppers at Witschey’s on Thursday morning.

Tickets will be available at the door. This residency is sponsored by J.C. Mensore Distributor, Inc.

For more information, please call the ArtsLink office at 304-455-2278.

Funding for this program made possible with assistance from the City of New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Commission, West Virginia Northern Community College, WETZ/WYMJ Radio, EQT Foundation, Dominion Foundation and Ohio Valley Online.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the WV Department of Arts, Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts. Additional support from the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, Community Impact Fund. ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact us at 304-455-2278 to request assistance.

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