MPAC will present its’ Fifth Annual Comedy Workshop, “Funny Business” featuring Comedic Actor /Writer Faizon Love. This workshop will feature a candid discussion and educational session on the fundamentals and business of the world of comedy.
MPAC’s Comedy Workshop, “Funny Business” will take place in Houston, Texas on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 12PM-4PM, in the O’Quinn Great Hall at the University of Houston Alumni Center, on the main campus of the University of Houston. This workshop is not just for comics. It covers the fundamentals of writing and performing comedy for television, film and live shows. It also covers developing, producing, promoting, marketing and branding shows and business as a comedian, actor, writer, TV/Film producer, and any other interests in the world of comedy. This one-of-a-kind dynamic approach continues to position this workshop amongst the cream of the crop, by connecting industry professionals with aspiring industry professionals for an informative, yet interesting day.
This workshop is designed to help artists “make their break” by learning the business of comedy from top insiders. It will be action-packed and educational, but most importantly, it will be FUNNY BUSINESS! The workshop is also free for high school students; see www.mpac-arts.org for more information.
“I am always overjoyed about this workshop because it has always been and will be my goal for MPAC to make an impact on the entertainment industry. We do just that when we connect entertainment industry resources to those that do not have access otherwise, which creates opportunities to be successful in this business”– Attorney Jalene Mack, MPAC’s Founder/Executive Director/Artistic Director
Faizon Love is an actor and writer, known for Couples Retreat (2009), Elf (2003) and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004). Faizon will provide a highly informative and hilarious discussion on “How to Work on Stage, in Front the Camera, and Behind the Scenes.”
A plus-sized actor of Afro-Cuban descent whose killer smile and infectious laugh can liven up any comedy, Faizon Love got his start in such well-received African-American comedies as Fear of a Black Hat and Friday before getting wide recognition in such high-profile comedies as Money Talks, The Replacements, and Elf. It was during high school in New Jersey that the aspiring comic first became interested in performing for a crowd; his English teacher recognized Love’s skill for comedy and allowing the student to perform for his classmates on days when lessons went especially well. Following graduation, Love moved to New York and made a bid for the big time in the East Coast entertainment capitol. It didn’t take long for the performer to land an off-Broadway role in the Harlem National Black Theater production of Bitter Heart Midtown (a modernized retelling of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations). The subsequent death of beloved comic Robin Harris during the production of the animated comedy BeBe’s Kids provided the emerging performer with his first big break in film, and though it was strictly a vocal affair, Love performed admirably under pressure. He could next be seen alongside Robert Townsend, Rusty Cundieff, Ice Cube, and Shawn Wayans in a series of low-budget but well-received comedy features.
Love later parlayed his connection with Townsend into an extended television role on the small-screen sitcom The Parent ‘Hood, and he continued to climb the credits until his role as a gridiron giant in The Replacements punted him into the mainstream. It was following his appearance in the Keanu Reeves sports comedy that Love’s career truly took off, with a 2001 performance opposite Sean “Puffy” Combs in Jon Favreau’s Made marking the beginning of a working relationship between the director and the actor that would continue when Love appeared opposite Will Ferrell in Elf (2003). Love’s role as a surfing football player in Blue Crush in 2002 allowed the actor to overcome his duel fears of sharks and water to brave the waves. And after attempting to remain in control of a prison as the warden in The Fighting Temptations, it was time to hit the road in Torque, a two-wheeled thrill ride starring Love’s former Friday co-star Ice Cube. Video-game players with an ear for detail would recognize Love’s substantial role in the hit 2004 release Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, with additional roles opposite Lindsay Lohan in Just My Luck and in the long-awaited OutKast musical Idlewild effectively serving to mark the arrival of a comedic actor whose versatility continued to impress. ~
Workshop Learning Exercise
For benefit of the entire audience, Faizon Love will act as a judge (think Last Comic Standing), and select attendees will do a three (3) minute comedy bit (or comedic monologue). At the end of each participant’s time, Love will give constructive feedback.
Faizon will complete exercises with as many attendees as possible in the allotted time. The workshop will conclude with a Q&A session.