The class is SOLD OUT
However, if you would like to Audit the class, we have a limited number of seats available. When Auditing the class, you will attend the class, but not be able to participate in discussions or get any feedback on your writing.
To audit the class, purchase a ticket using the link at the bottom of the page.
INTRO TO COMEDY WRITING – 3-day Boot Camp w. Rich Talarico
Rich shares insights and writing techniques from his 20+ years 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 brainstorm and pitch their ideas and how to outline a scene and the key elements to story-structure, formatting and how to tell a story and –how to write a scene and come up with an ending.
Students will need to have a computer with wifi capability in order to write and submit their work during each class and between classes.
You must attend all three days of the class.
TUE NOV 7th
6:30pm – 9:30pm Central
WED NOV 8th
6:30pm – 9:30pm Central
WED NOV 15th
NOTE: DEADLINE/ DUE DATE FOR FIRST DRAFTS SUNDAY NOV 12th at 12pm NOON Central Time
Rich Talarico is a Peabody® Award winner who boasts four Emmy® nominations, as well as four Writers Guild Award noms. Rich is a distinguished writer/producer known for his significant contributions to 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 some of the biggest comedy shows in late-night; MADtv, The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, and the critically acclaimed, Review. Rich is an alum of Chicago’s Second City and 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
“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”
“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
“I learned more about sketch writing in this class than any other class I’ve taken in the past.”
— Mirejah Cruz, Student
“Rich knows how to write sketches — that much is obvious. But it was clear that he loves helping people get better too. Don’t wait to find a better sketch class. It might not come along.”
— Tim Marks, The KC Improv Company & Co-Founder of Fountain City Sketch Company
VIDEO LINK FOR PROMO:
Screenwriting software to get acquainted with we will cover more in class
We are pleased to be able to offer this event at a discounted rate thanks to generous support from a local sponsor.