Sam Hadding is a recent high school graduate who has autism. This presented challenges in his life, but it never swayed him from his dreams of becoming a cartoonist/animator. After placing in the top 10, of a film contest hosted by Ghetto Film School, he went on to complete two collaborations with YouTube channel, The Positive Autism.
Sam is also a huge fan of America’s Got Talent. Inspired by the vocal talents of AGT alumni, he has completed two more collaborations. The first is a beautifully animated version of “Dear Father,” sung by season 11 finalist, Laura Bretan. The second film is with semi-finalist Greg Morton, who appeared on season 14, as an impressionist.
He reached out to Greg a month ago, and after several email exchanges, found they were huge fans of slapstick humor. Sam quickly went to work, re-creating Greg Morton’s AGT audition, in this hilarious 2 minute, animated short!
Sam is currently working on many other collaborations, including a short film that he wrote, animated, cast and directed himself, called… ???
I want to let you know about a new archive-based special Just For Laughs is preparing for Bell Media.
Bell Media reached out to JFL for a special featuring all Canadian talent from our years producing together for a special to broadcast alongside other programming plans in a time when shooting new content is less feasible. Entitled Stellar Standups, this one-hour program showcases an all-Black, all-Canadian lineup that includes select performances from various Just For Laughs stages over the past 10 years. The special will debut on February 23rd as part of CTV Comedy’s celebration of Black History Month and will air alongside movies by Eddie Murphy, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Will Smith and specials by Aisha Brown, Dave Chappelle, Yvonne Orji, Amanda Seales, Chris Rock and Wanda Sykes. After its initial broadcast, Stellar Standups will be included in Bell’s regular programming schedule. Every Bell specialty channel is doing similar programming pushes.
Bell Media asked Just For Laughs to be part of this initiative and we are genuinely delighted to showcase this collection of world-class Canadian talent, including Aisha Alfa, Aisha Brown, Arthur Simeon, Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Che Durena, Chris Robinson, Fatima Dhowre, Greg Morton, Hoodo Hersi, Nile Seguin and Sterling Scott.
You can find more info on this website and on my social media. Check out Greg Morton’s Etalk interview. Coming Soon!