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)
COMEDY: Rich Talarico (Key and Peele writer), Jacob Womack and Wayland McQueen present The Escapades, a show for Comedy Central, at the Comedy Central Stage in Hollywood on Wednesday at 8 pm. The show focuses on three guys who are stuck in high school “facing the prospect of growing up.” Free, but RSVP at 323.960.5519
Directed by Key & Peele’s Rich Talarico and written by Talarico along with UCB’s Jacob Womack and Wayland McQueen, “The Escapades” tells the story of Dwayne, Bo and Thad, the coolest guys in a small town high school, ten years after school is over. Our story begins when Thad returns home to Ridgewood a small town, to find his two oldest friends Dwayne (Womack) and Bo (McQueen) (now, also in their late 20s), exactly where he left them. Still hanging out in the same disgusting garage… Dwayne still working at the factory and having given up on his music career and Bo still smoking major amounts of dunk, both yet to realize that the party is over.
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June 26, 2014
Talarico & Bernard
Rich Talarico is a writer, filmmaker, improviser, and teacher whose credits include Key & Peele, Saturday Night Live, MadTV, and The Tonight Show. Jill Bernard is a founding member of HUGE Theater who has performed her one-woman improv piece, Drum Machine, in over forty improv festivals in Norway, Australia, Canada, Argentina and over thirty-five of the United States. This is their first opportunity to perform together, forecasted is realistic and whimsical improvised scenes heavy on the joy and with an equal chance of giggles or tears.
June 20, 2014
June 17, 2014
Chicago singer/songwriter Jessica Robbins
teams with Key & Peele writer Rich Talarico
for “Beach House” music video.
June 17, 2014
”(Robbins’) smart songs veer toward the folkier end of the rock spectrum, but often recall the bite of Aimee Mann.”
– Time Out, Chicago
Los Angeles / Chicago –
Branching out from sketch comedy, Peabody award winning and Emmy Award nominated writer/coproducer, for “Key & Peele”, Rich Talarico has teamed with Chicago singer/songwriter Jessica Robbins on a music video for Robbins’ song of summer “Beach House.”
Shot in Chicago and Southern California, Beach House beckons a return to the sun drenched beaches of California, shot on location in Santa Monica, San Clemente, Huntington Beach, Venice, San Diego, Malibu and more. The process for making the video involved Robbins and Talarico collaborating over the long distance between Chicago and Los Angeles. The initial footage was shot in Chicago with Robbins by Talarico at Lillstreet Art Center.
Jessica released her first album “Dear Fred” 2010 and an EP “Habitat” in 2012 to positive reviews. Time Out Chicago called Jessica a promising new artist and wrote that her “smart songs veer toward the folkier end of the rock spectrum but often recall the bite of Aimee Mann.”
Robbins is working on new material now that she hopes to release in the Spring of 2015. Video was shot by Talarico along with assistance from Cap Gun Collective producer and filmmaker Alex Fendrich who served on the shoot as a camera operator and technical advisor. Edited by Rich Talarico with edit assist from Marianne Smith.
Special Thanks: Adam Hitchell, Vanessa Anton, Lillstreet Art Center – Chicago, Andy DeYoung
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