August 3, 2014
Back in Austin, this time for the Out Of Bounds Festival. I’ll be performing with some of The K&P WRITERS: Rich Talarico (MADtv, SNL, Second City, Dasariski), Colton Dunn (UCB, Boom Chicago, Burning Love, Parks & Rec), Becky Drysdale (Second City, Boom Chicago, Big Gay Sketch Show), Phil Jackson (UCB, Chris Gethard Show) and Charlie Sanders (UCB, Death Valley, Late Night with Conan O’Brien)
And, I’ll also be performing in MO & TELL with Mo Collins.
and don’t miss my improv class “The Way Of Improv” http://www.outofboundscomedy.com/events/rich-talarico-the-way-of-improv/#tickets
Six-episode digital series hosted by comedian Paul Scheer
NY Digital Editor@xpangler Comedy Central is looping fans into a virtual nightclub with short-form digital series “CC: Social Scene,” in which comics perform skits based on suggestions submitted via Twitter.
The six-episode weekly series, hosted by comedian Paul Scheer and directed by Rich Talarico, debuted last week on the Viacom-owned cabler’s YouTube channel and also is distributed via the CC.com website, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter.
The “CC: Social Scene” ensemble cast includes Lee Newton, H. Michael Croner, Lilan Bowden, Jacob Womack, Jeff Sloniker and Barak Hardley. The first show revolved around the theme “worst breakup lines,” with others slated to include “what washes up on the beach,” “oddest combos at the BBQ” and “beach hogs,” inspired by beach horror stories.
The “CC: Social Scene” series is sponsored by Redd’s Apple Ale. Users must be 21 and older to participate in the show via Twitter, using the hashtag #CCSocialScene.
The sketch-comedy show is produced by the network’s CC:Studios group, created in January 2013 to develop original comedy content for digital distribution.
July 25, 2014
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Good news for a Friday. Next week I’ll join the writing staff of Comedy Central’s amazing and brilliant “Review.” I’m really looking forward to working with Andy Daly again. Also, working with Leo Allen again, H. Michael again, the Blitz Brothers for the first time, all the talented folks there and getting a chance to work with my long time improv and sketch buddy Kevin Dorff! Kevin and I haven’t worked together since Second City back in 1999…
TJ Jagodowski, Stephnie Weir, Rich Talarico, Susan Messing, Kevin Dorff, Tami Sagher.
(1999 The Psychopath Not Taken, The Second City Chicago)
July 24, 2014
Key & Peele,which picked up four Emmy nominations earlier this month, will kick off season 4 on Sept. 24 at 10:30 p.m. Click for the sketch and the story… (CLICK FOR MORE)
Hey, it’s another installment of “Ask Rich.” This time I got a message from Ryan, a recent Columbia College Chicago graduate who just moved to LA looking to get into television.
On Jul 22, 2014, at 2:28 PM, Ryan **** <********@gmail.com> wrote:
Hey Rich, I recently graduated from Columbia College, Chicago and moved out to LA to work in television. I was wondering if I could ask you just a few questions about your career path and what being a television writer and producer entails. First off, I saw Dasariski perform at IO West earlier this summer. You guys were hilarious!
I have quite a few questions, mostly about writing sketches.
Any specific influences?
Do a lot of your ideas come from improvising on stage?
How many ideas do you come in with usually to the writer’s room–
–and how much time do they give you to fully develop and write the sketch?
Usually after you pitch something the producers will tell you to move forward. At Key & Peele I wrote a minimum of one sketch a day and sometimes more. We often wrote more sometimes 3 or 4 or more in a day. The point was to push out as much material as we could. Volume is part of the idea at KP. We wrote over 500 sketches for Season 4 and only shot a fraction.
And finally, what advice do you have for baby comedy writers just starting out?
Do the work on whatever level you can, as best you can.
- Pursue: Your bliss.
- Avoid: Crowds.
- Study: Everything. Specifically people.
July 22, 2014
AUSTIN, TX – The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival is proud to announce that they will be presenting an improv showcase featuring the Peabody Award winning and Emmy-nominated writing staff of this landmark show as well as a Q&A panel. The Key & Peele writers all have improv chops. They use their improv skill in the writer’s room which is what helps give Key & Peele its unique voice. Many of the KP Writers got their starts at UCB, IO, SECOND CITY, BOOM CHICAGO in Amsterdam to name a few.
The K&P WRITERS are Rich Talarico (MADtv, SNL, Second City, Dasariski), Colton Dunn (UCB, Boom Chicago, Burning Love, Parks & Rec), Becky Drysdale (Second City, Boom Chicago, Big Gay Sketch Show), Phil Jackson (UCB, Chris Gethard Show) and Charlie Sanders (UCB, Death Valley, Late Night with Conan O’Brien)
The Key & Peele writers all have improv chops. They use their improv skill in the writer’s room which is what helps give Key & Peele its unique voice.
Alex Rubens, Jay Martel, Writer’s Assistant James Livingston, Ian Roberts, Rich Talarico, Charlie Sanders, Rebecca Drysdale, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key. (photo by Peter Atencio)The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival is a seven-day live performance festival that showcases some of the best in improv, sketch, stand-up, and a variety of comedy performances from all over the country and across the globe. Now in its 13th year, the festival averages over 500 performers in 120 shows over the 7 days leading up to Labor Day.
If you attend enough theater and live comedy in town over the years, watching TV can sometimes feel like a game of spot-the-onetime-Chicagoan. That’s never more true than when Emmy nominations roll around.
This year’s nominees include a hefty number of men and women who are from the Chicago area or trained here for a substantial period of time. (READ MORE)