Sketch Comedy Master Class: Writer’s Room
"PARTS 1 & 2: BRAINSTORMING & PITCHING”
Saturday, December 8th 10am-5pm @ Rebel Pilgrim (Lunch break, 1-2pm)
Learn how the most simple ideas and random wonderings can be turned into undeniable sketch comedy pitches. This class will show you how to wring the most out of that first flash of an idea so you are able to explore possibilities you didn't know were there. You'll also learn how to contribute to other's ideas in a writers room. The morning session will teach you how to brainstorm, how to cultivate and store your ideas and the afternoon session will teach you how to take your crafted idea and share it with others in a sketch context. Learn to find ideas anywhere and never fear pitching again.
“PART 3: FIRST DRAFT AND NOTES”
Sunday, December 9th 6-9pm
Students will bring in copies of their first draft sketches, and the class will transform into a writer’s room, where we read and give notes on the sketches and talk about the re-write process. Students will learn also how to contribute to others’ sketches. Join Rich as he shares insights from shows like “The Tonight Show” “SNL” “MADtv” and “Key & Peele.”
-No refunds after Nov 6th-
Improv Comedy Master Class: Organic
"OBJECT WORK: THE SECRET WEAPON OF IMPROV”
Sunday, December 9th 10am-1pm @ Rebel Pilgrim
Learn the secret weapon of improv - Object Work. A picture is worth 1,000 words so why don’t you want 1,000 words worth of information streaming into your scenes every time you deal with the objects and spaces around you. “Rolling visualization” brings you fully into the skin of your character, in present tense engagement with the world around you. Object work makes call backs easier, engages your audience, kills “talking heads” scenes, and creates opportunities for every other player on stage.
“GIVING AND USING ORGANIC GIFTS”
Sunday, December 9th 2-5pm @ Rebel Pilgrim
A gift in improv must be organic, which means that we must be able to see the gift rooted in something that has occurred onstage already. And, gifts must be used right away. Learn the difference between “gifting” and “pimping.” Learn how to “not gift yourself” and how working and using the details and gifts of a scene or show are the life blood of comedy improvisations.
-No refunds after Nov 6th-
Rich Talarico is an Emmy nominated and Peabody Award winning writer and producer best known for his work on Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele.“ Additionally, Rich has written/produced “The Key & Peele Superbowl Special”, “Review” for Comedy Central, FOX’s “Mad TV,” NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno”, and the 2-hour TV Special “Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows.” “ NBC New Year’s Eve Special” and “Red Nose Day” Rich also produced and wrote “Frank TV“ for TBS, “The Sketch Pad” for HBO and co-produced The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show for Comedy Central. Rich also served as an improv coach on the first “Anchorman” and did punch-ups on “Mean Girls” and the Oscar-winning “Get Out.”
Rich took his first improv class from Stephen Colbert at Chicago’s Second City Theater back in the 1900s. Rich went on to tour with Second City’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 also involved at Improv Olympic (Now iO) under the direction of Charna Halpern andthe late, Del Close. Rich played on the Improv Olympic house teams “Mr. Blonde” and “Faulty Wiring” – co-created the long-form improv shows “Strap Heads”, “Trio”, “Close Quarters” and “Dasariski“ and played with the early casts of Chicago’s longest running improv show: “The Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny.” Rich has also studied with renowned writing teacher Robert McKee.
On camera, Rich has appeared in a number of TV commercials, most notably A&W Rootbeer’s— “Mr. Dumass.” Rich also appeared in small roles on “Review”, “SNL”, “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”, “Early Edition”, “What About Joan?” and the feature film “High Fidelity”. Rich runs comedy writing and improv work-shops in Los Angeles and around the US.
Rich can juggle, plays chess and drums.