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COMEDY WRITING - FOR ACTORS with RICH TALARICO

Do you find comedy challenging? A great actor once said, “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” While this is true, by learning how comedy is created, actors can demystify at least some of what makes comedy so challenging and rewarding. This one-day course will teach the comedic devices and how they are used in creating and performing comedy — as well as brainstorming and pitching techniques that will serve actors well. Workshop followed by Q&A!

INSTRUCTOR: Class is taught by writer/actor Rich Talarico (Second City, iO, MADtv, SNL, Key & Peele, Tonight Show. 

SPACE: Limited to 15 students. 

REQUIRED: Some actor or improvisational training. Acceptance is determined by H/R and/or experience.

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QUOTES
"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

“I learned more about sketch writing in this class than any other class I’ve taken in the past.”
— Mirejah Cruz, Writing Student

VIDEO:  K ey& Peele HIGHLIGHTS RT: https://vimeo.com/592915050
VIDEO:   STORIES FROM THE SHOW SUDEIKIS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWIBTkwUJf8

MORE ABOUT RICH
RICH TALARICO
IS A PEABODY® AWARD WINNER WHO BOASTS FOUR EMMY® NOMINATIONS AND FOUR WRITERS GUILD AWARD NOMS.

Rich is an actor, comedian, improviser, and established writer/producer best known for his work on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele. Rich wrote K&P favorites: Substitute Teacher, Racist Zombies, Karim and Jahar, Hatz, Teaching Center, Obama Greets, Black Ice, and many more. Rich wrote and produced on MADtv, The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, and the critically acclaimed Review.

Rich took his first improv class from Stephen Colbert at Chicago’s Second City. Rich went on to tour with SC’s National Touring Company and later co-created five original sketch comedy revues with SC’s Etc. and Main Stage Companies. While in Chicago, Rich was a performer and teacher at Improv Olympic (Now iO) under the direction of Charna Halpern and the late Del Close. Rich played on the Improv Olympic house teams “Mr. Blonde” and “Faulty Wiring” – while co-creating long-form improv shows like “Strap Heads,” “Trio,” “Close Quarters,” and “Dasariski.”

As an actor, Rich has appeared in featured roles on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, MADtv, the feature film High Fidelity, and A&W Root Beer’s classic TV ad, “Mr. Dumass.” Talarico’s extensive experience in the comedy industry has made him a sought-after teacher, writer, and consultant. — More at richtalarico.com

Tuition: $150

1 Day Workshop

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