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DASARISKI INTERVIEW (IISAMAGAZINE.COM)

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Dasariski is a 3 man improv comedy team. Bob Dassie is the “D-A-S” of the three-names-in-one team. He can be seen most recently in the webseries, “Eleven Year Itch” with Stephanie Weir and in the movie “The Spoils of Babylon” with Tobey MacGuire. Rich Talarico represents the “A-R-I” of the group. Rich is a writer and co-producer on Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele” which won the 20143 Peabody Award. Craig Cackowski is our “S-K-I” and can currently be seen playing many people throughout history on the Comedy Central show, “Drunk History.”
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Austin, TX – Key & Peele Writers to Headline Out Of Bounds Improv Festival

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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.

PERFORMANCES:

Friday, August 29th – 8:00 PM – Stateside at the Paramount
Saturday, August 30th – 8:00 PM – The Long Center

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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.

 

Chicago Tribune – The Numerous Chicago Ties of 2014′s Emmy Nominees

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE –Nina Metz Chicago Closeup11:22 a.m. CDT, July 10, 2014

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)

LAist Recommends – The Escapades @ Comedy Central Stage

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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

The Escapades – WED JULY 9th @ Comedy Central Stage – Los Angeles

EscapadesDirected 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. 

 
THE ESCAPADES
Live on Stage 
@Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson
6539 Santa Monica Boulevard
cross street Hudson Avenue between Highland and Vine  
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Show begins at 8:00pm 
Absolutely Free 
Reservations Required 
To RSVP, please call 323.960.5519 
Street and Lot Parking Available 
All Ages Show

 

RT @ Twin Cities Improv Festival this weekend

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I’ll be teaching and performing this weekend at the Twin Cities Improv Festival.  Performing for the first time with improv legend Jill Bernard.  Tickets are here.

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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.

Beach House (Original) by Jessica Robbins

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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
 (c) 2014 – Bronze Medal Entertainment - All Rights Reserved.

 

The Escapades – FREE SHOW WED JULY 9th, 8pm at the Comedy Central Stage

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**FREE SHOW WED JULY 9th at the Comedy Central Stage** Come check it out! Spread the Word.THE ESCAPADES
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 (Matt Reid) 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.