Character Pieces and the Roots of Pilot Writing

Character Pieces and the Roots of Pilot Writing with Rich Talarico

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Class Days: Thursdays 7pm - 10pm ET (online)
Begins: Feb 16, 2023
Ends: Mar 23, 2023
Price: $375

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Class Description


Rich Talarico shares insights and techniques from his many years in comedy beginning at Second City in Chicago to writing and producing on late night TV shows such as SNL, MADtv, Key & Peele, The Tonight Show. This course will teach students how to develop characters for pilots and longer pieces. Course covers creating original characters, brainstorming, pitching, story-structure, script formatting and a variety of pilot techniques as well as pilot study.

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*

  1. Feb 16, 2023, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    at Zoom
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  2. Feb 23, 2023, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
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    (Instructor will send info)
  3. Mar 2, 2023, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    at Zoom
    (Instructor will send info)
  4. Mar 9, 2023, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    at Zoom
    (Instructor will send info)
  5. Mar 16, 2023, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    at Zoom
    (Instructor will send info)
  6. Mar 23, 2023, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    at Zoom
    (Instructor will send info)
This class does not have a show/performance