Point of View / Character— Rich Talarico


Saturday, Aug. 31st, 11:00am to 2:00pm at Hideout Theatre (Downstairs)

Workshop Details

Discovering and managing a POINT OF VIEW/CHARACTER on stage in improvisation is a crucial skill that often remains underdeveloped. This class will teach performers how to quickly grab a POV (the choice that guides all choices) and how to develop and nurture those choices through a scene or show using environment, gifts and relationships with other characters. Learn to create and develop the filter through which only your character looks. Join Rich Talarico, a 25+ year improv vet and alumnus of The Second City and Improv Olympic, as he leads this informative character/pov workshop.

Teacher Bio(s)

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 Super Bowl 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,” plus “NBC New Year’s Eve Special” and “Red Nose Day.” Rich also produced and wrote “Frank TV” for TBS and “The Sketch Pad” for HBO. Rich served as an improv coach on the first “Anchorman” film and did script 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 worked extensively 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 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 numerous 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 workshops in sketch comedy writing and long- form improvisation in Los Angeles and around the US. Rich plays chess and drums.

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