INTRO TO TV WRITING (online)

INTRO TO TV WRITING (online) with Rich Talarico

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Class Days: Saturdays 1pm - 4pm (online)
Begins: Jan 22, 2022
Ends: Mar 5, 2022
Price: $299

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Class Description


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. Students will learn how to write jokes, how to write blackouts, how to brainstorm and pitch and how to contribute to other students pitches, a valuable writers’ room skill.

NOTE: The first session is a two hour MEET AND GREET / Q&A that is open to community but specifically for the students of the session. (Rich will hear Students’ needs and wants and incorporate into the six three hour sessions to follow.)

Instructor: Rich Talarico

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 shows like Review for Comedy Central, MADtv, 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 served as improv coach on the first Anchorman film and 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 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 a performer and teacher at Improv Olympic (now iO) under the direction of Charna Halpern and the late, Del Close. Rich played on iO house teams, co-created several shows and performed with early casts of Chicago’s longest-running improv show: "The Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny”. Rich has appeared in small 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”.

Full Session Schedule


Session Schedule*

  • Jan 22, 2022, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    at Zoom
    (Instructor will send info)
  • Jan 29, 2022, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    at Zoom
    (Instructor will send info)
  • Feb 5, 2022, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    at Zoom
    (Instructor will send info)
  • Feb 12, 2022, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    at Zoom
    (Instructor will send info)
  • Feb 19, 2022, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    at Zoom
    (Instructor will send info)
  • Feb 26, 2022, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    at Zoom
    (Instructor will send info)
  • Mar 5, 2022, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    at Zoom
    (Instructor will send info)

Show Schedule*

  • This class does not include a performance.