Allan Turner is a Canadian writer, director, teacher, actor, voice actor, improviser, and one of the more sought after and respected clowns working in Toronto today.
He has an Honours BA in Creative Writing from York University and has taken workshops on writing for animation and comics with John Kricfalusi (Ren & Stimpy), Matthew Luhn (Pixar), and Ty Templeton (DC Comics).
He studied improv at The Second City, bouffon and the Pochinko method of clown through mask with Sue Morrison at The Theatre Resource Centre and John Turner of Mump & Smoot at The Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. He is a Theatresports and Bad Dog Theatre Company alumnus and continues to be a fixture in the Toronto comedy scene.
For the past 14 years, Allan has performed as the fan favourite zombie clown, Jean-Paul Mullet. Mullet appears regularly in the Toronto Festival of Clowns and Lunacy Cabaret, and since 2011, has hosted the hit Mullet's Night Show, a live comedy variety show done in the style of a late night television talk show. The tragicomedy Mullet’s Make-a-Play also premiered in the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival to rave reviews. In 2012, he headlined at The People's Improv Theatre in NYC to a packed house. Mullet's Dinosaur Adventure, a family friendly and educational show, sold out at the 2013 Toronto International Circus Festival. For the 2013 Toronto Fringe, Allan wrote and starred in Sour Grapes, a dark comedy featuring all new characters and clowns that the NOW Magazine awarded Outstanding Ensemble and said included "moments of brilliance."
In addition, Allan has written and published his own comic books and web comics. He conceived of and wrote the treatment for an animated short that was produced by Laika, the studio that created the features Coraline and Paranorman. This short won the Jury Award for Minute Movie at the 2014 Animation Block Party Festival in NYC. Allan has also written and directed for video games, museums, and travelling school shows.
Allan has taught at Zero Gravity Circus and continues to teach courses on improv and clown to both adults and children at The Social Capital Theatre, University of Toronto’s Hart House, Avenue Road Arts School, and independently.
Television credits include Orphan Black (Space), Zoink'd (YTV), the Canadian Comedy Award winning This Movie Sucks (CHCH), and Ed & Red's Night Party (CityTV/G4), where Mullet was a recurring guest star.
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To hear Allan's animation demo reel click here.
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