Tue, Jan 18|
6 wk Zoom Course - Writing Comedy for Stage, TV & Film w/Rich Talarico
Rich shares insights and techniques from his 20+ years experience in late night TV (SNL, MADtv, Key & Peele, The Tonight Show) and from having written five resident company shows for Second City in Chicago. Students will learn how to write jokes, how to write blackouts, how to brainstorm and pitch.
Time & Location
Jan 18, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM CST
About the event
Actors, this class is for you too! Understanding the writing process, learning to write your own characters and skits, will be invaluable for a long time successful career and here is your opportunity to learn from an industry pro!!! Who knows, you may write that great short film you want to star in!
(Space limited to 8)
COMEDY WRITING for STAGE TV AND FILM - A 6 WEEK CRASH COURSE - w. Rich Talarico
6:30pm - 9:30pm Central Time
Rich shares insights and techniques from his 20+ years experience in late night TV (SNL, MADtv, Key & Peele, The Tonight Show) and from having written five resident company shows for Second City in Chicago. Students will learn how to write jokes, how to write blackouts, how to brainstorm and pitch their ideas and how to outline a scene. How to come up with endings.
The group will also learn how to support others’ ideas a key writers’ room skill.
"Rich knows how to write sketches -- that much is obvious. But it was clear that he loves helping people get better too. . . I have never had a sketch class that helps people so much with how to think about comedy. Don't wait to find a better sketch class. It might not come along."
— Tim Marks, The KC Improv Company and Co-Founder of Fountain City Sketch Company
"I seriously don't think I've had the chance to absorb that much good content in a small amount of time ever... even in college!"
— Jessica Christopher, Writing Student
Rich Talarico is a Peabody Award winning and four-time Emmy nominated writer and producer best known for his work on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele. Rich has also written/produced Review for Comedy Central, FOX’s MADtv, NBC’s Saturday Night Live as well as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Rich produced and wrote Frank TV for TBS and was a writer/performer on The Sketch Pad for HBO. Rich did script punch- ups on Mean Girls and the Oscar-winning Get Out. Rich's most recent feature film script, The Widow Daredevil, was named an official selection of the prestigious 2020 Beverly Hills Film Festival. Rich took his first improv class from Stephen Colbert at Chicago’s Second City in 1992 and then went on the road with Second City’s National Touring Company. He later co-created five original sketch comedy revues with Second City's Etc. and Main Stage Companies. While in Chicago, Rich was involved at Improv Olympic (now iO) under the direction of Charna Halpern and the late, Del Close. Rich played on iO house teams, Mr. Blonde and Faulty Wiring. Co-created the shows Trio, Dasariski, Strap Heads, Close Quarters and performed with the early casts of Chicago’s longest running improv show: "The Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny." Rich has appeared in featured roles on MADtv, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the feature film, High Fidelity. Rich has appeared in several TV commercials, most notably A&W Rootbeer’s “Mr. Dumass.”
More at richtalarico.com
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