Andrew Chapman is finding success by hiding cameras.
The 30-year-old Humber Comedy Writing and Performance alumnus is the host of a new hidden camera television series called Made Up, in which kids pull clever pranks on unsuspecting family members.
In each episode, a professional make-up artist uses special effects to completely transform a teenager into a totally unrecognizable character.
“We take a kid and make them look like an 86-year-old janitor,” Chapman said.
“You’d think their parents, who have seen them every day for 15 years, are going to know who their kid is, but the makeup job on the show is pretty spectacular,” he said.
Joey Case, show runner and producer for Made Up, said Chapman was the best of the bunch during the audition process.
“As a host you always need to be able to think on your feet, take the direction that’s given to you and make it your own and be malleable,” said Case. You have to react and communicate what is being said to you fast. Andy is able to do that.”
This is not Chapman’s first TV rodeo. He has hosting credits for the Discovery Channel’s Sci Q, YTV’s Crunch, Extreme Babysitting and CMT’s Cash Mob under his belt. He is also an established stand-up comic.
Chapman’s success is no surprise to Andrew Clark, Humber Comedy program coordinator and professor.
“He was particularly bright. He was a very good writer. He was the kind of guy you knew was talented, but also had his head screwed on,” said Clark.
Case said Chapman was constantly making the Made Up crew laugh their heads off.
“Andy is always funny. It’s who he is. He could’ve lived in a cave for the past 15 years and he’d still be able to do this,” he said.
Amid all the fun and games, Case said he admires Chapman’s can-do attitude.
“He’s a really positive person. He finds ways to be better than he was in the last take,” he said.
Many budding comedy students hope to work on a TV series one day. Chapman said the best advice he was given when starting out was to run coffee, pull cable, help out and learn as much as possible about how shows work.
“Talk to people. Tell everybody that you know what you want to do. Work begets work. If you show up, work hard, and are a nice person, chances are you’ll get the next gig,” he said.
Chapman said he loves what he’s doing, but does have a dream gig in mind.
“The shoot to the moon dream is to host a late night talk show,” he said.
That dream seems within reach based on his track record and rapport with directors and producers.
“I genuinely like Andy and I like working with him,” said Case. “If you can have those things in a host you’re going to have a successful show. You’re going to enjoy making it, and give more of yourself to make it good.”
Made Up will premiere later this year on Disney XD in the U.S. and YTV in Canada. An exact date has not yet been released.