Allan Turner is a Canadian writer, director, teacher, actor, voice actor, improviser, comedian, and one of the top clowns working in Toronto today.
He was voted Toronto's 'Best Male Improviser' in the 2015 Now Magazine Reader's Choice Poll.
For over 16 years and still going, Allan has performed as his alter ego, the zombie clown Jean-Paul Mullet. Mullet appears regularly in the Toronto Festival of Clowns and Lunacy Cabaret, the longest running circus cabaret in Toronto. Since 2011, he 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 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: Life's a Vineyard and Fuck You, a dark comedy featuring all new characters and clowns that the NOW Magazine awarded Outstanding Ensemble and said included "moments of brilliance."
Allan improvises regularly with his troupe Assface and as part of the cast of Belleville-ville. He co-hosts Lunacy Cabaret as The Moon. He works with Zero Gravity Circus, is a Theatresports and Bad Dog Theatre Company alumnus, and continues to be a fixture in the Toronto comedy scene.
Allan conceived of and co-wrote the viral and multi award-winning A Tale of Momentum & Inertia, an animated short directed by Kameron Gates and produced by Portland-based animation studio HouseSpecial. Allan has also written and published his own comic books and web comics, and has written and directed for video games, museums, and travelling school shows.
Allan trained in the Pochinko method of clown through mask with John Turner of Mump & Smoot at The Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance and Sue Morrison at The Theatre Resource Centre. He trained in improv at The Second City Toronto. He studied voice acting with Melissa Altro (Camp Lakebottom, Arthur) and Stevie Vallance (Madeline). He has an Honours BA in Creative Writing from York University and studied creative writing for children at the University of Toronto. Additional education includes a comedy writing intensive with Steve Kaplan (HBO) and workshops on writing for animation and comics with Matthew Luhn (Pixar), John Kricfalusi (Ren & Stimpy), and Ty Templeton (DC Comics).
Allan teaches clown and improv at The Social Capital Theatre and independently.
He recently joined the Toronto Festival of Clowns board of directors and is helping to create the 2016 Festival.
Television credits include Orphan Black (Space/BBC America), 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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