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Entertainment's Swiss Army Knife THIS... is Fard Muhammad

Fard in a suit and cosmic vest

Fard in a suit and cosmic vest

Hey! It’s Fard. You might know me as Fred. You can call me either one.
Welcome to my professional webpage. 
Yes, that is my real hair. It’s called the FROVID-19. 
In this page, you’ll see that I’ve
…done some really cool stuff recently.
acted in movies, TV shows, and web media.
worked as a voice-over artist and audio editor.
animated intro sequences and logos using motion graphics and 3D animation.
got the World’s Best Laugh for TV and live comedy album audiences.
performed on stage in many forms, including stand-up comedy, sketch, and improv.
You can also check out my casting/social media links in the footer at the bottom of your browser. 
Scroll in the direction of the arrow below to learn even more about me.
Or click the links above in the header. Thanks for stopping by.

Headshot by Sarah Elizabeth Larson
Star vest by Cosmic Vests and Ties
Background: Drone photo and tilt-shift effect by Fard Muhammad

Recent News The latest projects and fun things...

May 6, 2024More fun things…

  • I’m now working in television! This past March, I started work at NBCUniversal as a software developer for CNBC! I’m pleased as punch to be a part of this historic corporation, and I hope to be a part of it for years to come.
  • I’m still hosting games on the original HQ Trivia App! I’m hosting Trivia and Words games for the “New Management” crew (now known as “HQTV”). We recently had a season of games during the month of April where players could accumulate points to get free passes and strikes in subsequent games. That season ended on April 30, but the May season will start tonight! Find out when new HQTV games will be broadcast by following HQTV on Twitter or joining the HQTV Discord!

January 9, 2024— Happy New Year! Three more bits of news…

  • I’ve signed up with Minc Talent as my new theatrical agent! I can’t wait to see what sort of opportunities will arise from this in 2024. Contact Melissa Magnum at Minc if you’d like to include me in your TV show or movie.
  • On January 19, I’m set to return to the HQ app as the Host from the West Coast! The people who did the HQ Trivia takeover last year are set to do it again on the first anniversary of my debut performance on the app with a planned game of Trivia and Words! Be sure to follow me and the “HQ New Management” accounts on Twitter to find out how you can get the app ready to play along!
  • Last month, I was in a video on Kevin Langue’s YouTube Channel where a bunch of comedians on a panel tried to figure out which of the six guys in front of them (five white, one black) in full-body green morph suits is the “Secret Black Guy“. Check it out in the link here or in the video below.

September 3, 2023I now have a commercial agent! If you’d like to include me in your upcoming commercials, feel free to contact Tim O’Shea at ACTivity Talent Agency.

“Guess the Secret Black Guy”
Hosting HQ Trivia — April 26, 2024

Background: Photo at Stage 10 at Warner Bros. Studios by Fard Muhammad

Acting and On-Screen Performance The camera likes me... right?

Trained by Chelltoine Productions and McKay Arts for on-screen acting, I’ve been on-camera for many productions. 

I’m currently non-union, and I am represented for commercial work by Tim O’Shea at ACTivity, and for TV/movie work by Melissa Magnum at Minc Talent.

You can see me in movies like Jesus, Bro! and Another Cinema Snob Movie.

I’ve also made an appearance (and plan to make an upcoming appearance) as a host broadcasted on the HQ Trivia mobile app. 

In online media, I was the co-lead on the ClickHole video 500 lb. Man, where I played one of the “two 250 lb. men” that the 500 lb. man split into. 
The video has garnered over a million views on YouTube, three million views on Twitter, and fourteen million views on Facebook.

More recently, I was in a video on Kevin Langue’s YouTube channel, where six guys (five white, one black) are in full-body green morph suits, and Kevin along a panel of comedians determine which one is the “secret black guy”. Spoiler alert… it’s me. The video has garnered hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, and clips of it have attained millions of views on TikTok.

Additionally, I’ve been a part of the on-screen ensemble for the Nostalgia Critic web series and have made several guest appearances in the web series Atop the Fourth Wall. I have also co-starred and wrote questions for the online game show Pop Quiz Hot Shot.

Guess the Secret Black Guy
Selections from the January 19, 2023 HQ Trivia Game
Acting Demo
Quantum Leap (NBC, 2023)
Quantum Leap (NBC, 2023)

Background: Still from Jesus Bro, by Walkaway Entertainment

Voice-Over & Audio Editing From Beautiful Downtown Burbank

Trained by Acting Studio Chicago, I’ve lent my dulcet tones and audio editing skills to many projects and roles over the years— including: 

If you’d like to book Fard for VO work, reach out to Big Mouth Talent at 312-421-4400.

Check out the commercial voice-over demo below!
Commercial Voice-Over Demo
Saturday Night Quarantine Intro

Background: Photo by Dave Kresl

Motion Graphics & Video Editing Over 25 years of experience.

I’ve always had a strong interest in motion graphics and title sequences for television and film.

When I was 17, I animated my first computer-generated sequence commemorating the 25th anniversary of Atari. That was followed up two years later with an animation commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Atari Jaguar that was shown at the Classic Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, and it was later the subject of a humorous story on the Chicago morning TV show Fox Thing In The Morning.

At 23, I worked as an animator for VisualCast, where I became familiar with working with After Effects. My work for them was shown on huge video billboards across the Chicago area.

Since then, I’ve produced animations for commercials and title sequences that have been shown on many platforms. I’ve also designed logos— including the logos for Chicago Movieoke and The Twin Towers AllianceFor the last several years, I’ve been the animator of the intro sequences to the Nostalgia Critic web series and the logo animation for Channel Awesome. Most recently, I animated and designed the 80s-era TV graphics for the analog horror series Winter of ’83.

Motion Graphics Demo
YouTube playlist of Motion Graphics Work
YouTube playlist of Video Editing Work

Background: Intro to the Nostalgia Critic web series
Logo designed by Doug Walker, modeled and animated by Fard Muhammad

World's Best Laugh I've got BLE: Big Laugh Energy.

I have a distinct and ebullient Laugh that has been a welcomed sound for comedians, show producers, and TV audience coordinators. 
The Laugh is heard in over a dozen comedy albums and specials– including:

The Laugh has also been heard on TV shows through the years, including This is Not Happening on Comedy Central, Night Court (2023) on NBC, as well as Sullivan and Son and multiple episodes of Conan on TBSDuring one particular Conan taping, host Conan O’Brien heard the Laugh from the back of his audience during the opening monologue and incorporated as a running gag in the show (as seen in the video below.)

I am working on delivering the Laugh to more comedy specials and television series audiences in the Los Angeles area. If you are a studio audience coordinator, casting company, warm-up comic, or comedy album/special producer looking to add a little “natural sweetener” to your audience responses, feel free to contact me.

Conan O’Brien noticing and featuring The Laugh

Background: Photo at “CAMP: A Comedy Show” taken by Sarah Elizabeth Larson

Stand-Up and On-Stage Performances Enter, stage right.

I’ve performed stand-up comedy in open mics and showcases all over Chicago since 2010- from the Hideout to the legendary Zanies Old Town. I’ve also co-hosted, hosted, and produced comedy shows- including hosting and producing the 2019 and 2023 Music and Gaming Festival’s Comedy Showcases and co-hosting the Late Night Open Mic at The Comedy Bar in Chicago.
Trained in improv and sketch comedy performance by Antoine McKay, I’ve performed with Antoine’s inaugural troupe in two sketch comedy shows, “The Recession of Wisdom” and “Natural Selection: The Burden of Being Alive”, which had some successful runs at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago.
In addition, I’ve written and performed with the live movie riffing club Down in Front, which performed live MST3K-style commentary on feature-length movies— including Congo, Ghost, The Mummy, Wild Wild West, and Reefer Madness.
Lastly, I’ve hosted movie-scene karaoke (or “Movieoke“) events— from bars to theatres to conventions– for almost a decade. Movieoke is like karaoke except that instead of getting in front of a mic and singing a song, one performs a scene from a movie (with the sound down and the captions on). 
Yes, it is a great idea. You should try it sometime. 
I’ve hosted Movieoke events in venues including the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, MAGFest and MAGLabs in the Washington DC area, and ConBravo! in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It’s my goal to bring Movieoke to the Los Angeles area after the pandemic subsides.

Background: Zanies photo by Larry Bloom

(More) About Fard Like this whole website wasn't about me to begin with...

I was born and raised in Chicago. I have a bachelors degree in computer science from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a masters degree in computer graphics & animation from DePaul University. 
And now, I’m hosting live mobile game shows— putting those degrees to their ultimate potential.
In my spare time, I talk a bit too much about late night TV talk show history, see stand-up comedy performances, perform or host movie-scene karaoke (or Movieoke) events, attend TV tapings, fly camera drones, attend pop culture conventions (possibly hosting comedy or Movieoke events in those conventions), and play all sorts of video games— from classic Atari games, to VR, to my own cabinet of my favorite arcade game, San Francisco Rush 2049.
I live in Los Angeles with my wife and zero cats.

If you wish to contact me for voiceover projects, contact Big Mouth Talent.

For commercial booking, contact Tim O’Shea at ACTivity.

For theatrical booking, contact Melissa Magnum at Minc Talent.

For all other inquiries, shoot me a line!

You can find more of my credits and acting resumes in the links below.

Fard Muhammad Headshot

Fard Muhammad Headshot

Headshot by Jared Kahn Studio
Background: CONAN Set Photo by Gary Cannon