Improvisers Curious About Writing Sketch? 6-Wk Online Course w Key & Peele's Rich Talarico Starts 2/28

Inside The Writers' Room:

Crafting Comedy Collaboratively

6-Week Online Class

w. Writer/Producer (Key & Peele, SNL, MADtv) Rich Talarico

Enter the high-energy fast-paced world of a comedy writers' room.

Hone your brainstorming and pitching and re-writing skills. Students

will gain insights into teamwork and adaptability required to thrive in a writers'

room while tackling a variety of challenging assignments (over Zoom.)

Script Coordinator / Writers Assistant James Livingston will provide notes for the class and insights based on his years of experience.


WEDNESDAYS 7-10p Eastern

Feb 28, Mar 6, Mar 13, Mar 20 , Mar 27, Apr 3

Space is Limited

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"Rich knows how to write sketches, that much is obvious. But it was clear he loves helping people get better too."

-- Tim Marks, Kansas City Improv Company

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Rich is an established writer/producer best known for his work on Key & Peele. Rich wrote K&P favorites Substitute Teacher, Racist Zombies, Karim and Jahar, Hatz, Teaching Center, Obama Greets, Black Ice and 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” – co-created long-form improv shows like “Strap Heads,” “Trio,” “Close Quarters,” and “Dasariski.”

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.

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“Rich Talarico is one of the all time great Caucasian improvisers”

— Tina Fey

“As a teacher, Rich Talarico brings Lakers legendary coach Phil Jackson to mind.

A cerebral educator who brings out the best in people.”

— Keith "Lucky" Lehrer original drummer of “Circle Jerks”

“Rich’s workshop is considered a ‘must take’ at any festival he attends.”

— Chris Moody, Producer, Detroit Improv Festival

“Rich was inspiring and the students hung on his every word.”

— Yvonne Landry, Artistic Director, La Nuit Theater, New Orleans

"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, Student