Directing to writing, Shaun Majumder says he wants to do it all

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Blair MacKinnon, left, and Donalda Doherty meet Shaun Majumder, a cast member of This Hour has 22 Minutes, during a meet and greet at the Pourhouse at the Old Triangle in Charlottetown. Majumder was in the city for a taping of the popular CBC show.

By Jim Day

The Guardian

Shaun Majumder will not be painted into any corner.

The very funny man from Newfoundland continues to expand his entertainment resume with no plans on easing up when it comes to versatility and variety.

In fact, the Gemini award-winning actor/comedian has lofty, almost all encompassing, goals in fully tapping into what he views as wide-ranging potential.

“I want to create a show,’’ he says.

“I want to do my own written show, whether it’s comedy or drama. And then I also want to direct and write movies. So I want to do it all. I want to do it all.’’

The 42-year-old Majumder has already done a good deal on stage, on TV and on the big screen over the past couple decades. He is well known for his offbeat characters on This Hour Has 22 Minutes (he was in Charlottetown Friday filming sketches for the show’s broadcast next Tuesday).

Majumder has worked hard to be taken seriously as an entertainer who can tackle with good results dramatic roles as well as comedic ones.

Since starring in 2010 as detective Vik Mahajan in the crime drama Detroit 1-8-7 on ABC and in 2012 playing Andrew Palmer on NBC/Global Television’s The Firm, not to mention a number of roles in movies (Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, The Ladies Man, Pushing Tin, and Purpose), Majumder says his confidence continues to grow as an actor.

“I think I’ve definitely grown a lot,’’ he says.

“Like any time I do any kind of dramatic work, I feel like I’m always going to be never where I could be, of course, because that’s just the way the human brain is, I think. So I’m always loaded with potential — that’s the way I always look at it — and learning every time. When I’m acting with certain people, sometimes I feel like I’m an amazing actor. Well, feeling like it because in that moment I felt like that scene was real and great. But it never stops the learning and growing.’’

Majumder considers comedy “a billion times harder’’ than dramatic acting, though he also believes the later is plenty hard enough.

He believes having gone to the United States — he currently lives in Los Angeles — has allowed him to focus more on drama.

“It gives me a lot more flexibility,’’ he says. “So it opens up the options a little wider.’’

Majumder says he has really embraced the documentary series called Majumder Manor that debuted on the W Network in Canada. The series, which begins airing the second season this summer, details Majumder’s dream to transform his rural hometown of Burlington, Newfoundland into a high end, sustainable tourist destination.

He says an ideal gig for him on the comedic side would be to star in a dark comedy series.

On the dramatic side, he would like to continue pursuing opportunities to be a strong character actor.

So much done. So much still to do.

“I feel like always I’ve been at it for 20 years — 15-20 years — and I feel like I’m just starting,’’ he says.

“I would rather just be in control of my own career and create my own opportunities and then partner with great, great producers like I’m doing with Majumder Manor.’’

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