Master Class, Weekend Intensive, with TV/film writer (Key & Peele, SNL, MADtv), Second City Alumni, Rich Talarico
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About the Event
Announcing Master Class, weekend intensive, with TV and Film writer, Second City Alumni ,
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.”
Spend the weekend with Rich Talarico at Improv Dallas hosted by ID director Wendy Pennington.
Jan. 2 The Meet and Greet over Zoom, Q & A, 2PM central
Jan. 8 Saturday IMPROVISATION workshop, The Six Questions, with RICH TALARICO
1PM to 7PM
Jan. 9 Sunday Comedy writing for TV, stage and film, with Rich Talarico 1pm to 9pm
Non-refundable unless cancelled by Improv Dallas
The MEET AND GREET over Zoom
Join us first on zoom to introduce ourselves and ask any and all questions prior to our work in-person. We want to know your goals!
The SATURDAY IMPROV
Improv, THE SIX QUESTIONS - w. Rich Talarico
Improvisers. Did you ever come off stage and say:
“Great scene, who were we?”
Or, “Great scene, where were we?”
WHERE? WHO? WHAT? HOW? WHY? WHEN? Crucial questions in storytelling. Often one ore more of these important questions can be left unaddressed in an improv performance. “SIX QUESTIONS" is a class that will give students simple, useful tools that will enrich their long-form improv lives. Rich has led this workshop in LA (at UCB and iO) and at improv festivals and theaters around the US and Canada. Learn how Improvisers play WHERE (object work) WHO (point of view / character) WHAT (games / playable dynamics of scene) HOW & WHY (the gift givers) and WHEN (dealing with time, linear and shattered narrative, etc.)
“Rich Talarico is one of the all time great Caucasian Improvisers.”
— Tina Fey
“Rich is the embodiment of good improv: positive, giving, and genuine.”
— Colin Thornton - Co-Founder, Improv Cincinnati
“Rich’s workshop is considered a ‘must take’ at any festival he attends.”
— Chris Moody - Producer, Detroit Improv Festival
“Rich shows you how small gifts build to deep, wonderful characters and scenes."
— Cean Okada, Improv Student
"Rich's class left me with many tools to instantly create stronger scenes. The surprising thing is how simple these ideas are.”
— Steve Halasz, Improv Student
SUNDAY - ONE DAY WRITING CLASS - THE WRITERS’ ROOM CRASH COURSE
COMEDY WRITING FOR TV, STAGE & 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. This one day workshop will teach students how to write jokes, blackouts, how to brainstorm and pitch their ideas and how to outline a scene. 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
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- Weekend with Rich Talarico$250$2500$0