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REVIEW and KEY & PEELE return!

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Review and Key & Peele return this summer.

I had the pleasure of working on Andy Daly’s supreme and mind-bending show “Review” and, dear reader, if you watch closely you might see yours truly briefly in the season premiere – Season 2 premieres on Thursday, July 30 at 10 p.m.

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And, Key & Peele are back Wednesday, July 8 at 10 p.m. please watch both these shows and ONLY these shows all summer, and insist your friends and family do the same. That’s all I ask. — RT
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/the-fien-print/review-premiere-key-peele-return-lead-comedy-central-summer-plans#6DymOS2tUdqPFKW8.99http://www.hitfix.com/the-fien-print/review-premiere-key-peele-return-lead-comedy-central-summer-plans

Paramount To Turn Key & Peele’s ‘Substitute Teacher’ Into Feature

Paramount To Turn Key & Peele’s ‘Substitute Teacher’ Into Feature; Keegan-Michael Key And Jordan Peele To Star

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Keegan-Michael Key will reprise his role as as the over-the-top substitute Mr. Garvey, and Jordan Peele will portray a rival teacher determined to be the students’ favorite. Script will be written by Rich Talarico and Alex Rubens, who are co-producers of Key & Peele, which returns for its fifth season on Comedy Central in July. Key and Peele will produce alongside 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Levine and Principato Young Entertainment’s Peter Principato, Paul Young, and Joel Zadak. Will Rack is overseeing for 21 Laps. (READ MORE)… 

 

COMEDY CENTRAL® TEAMS WITH NFL FOR FIRST-EVER SUPER BOWL COMEDY SPECIAL

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I’ll be co-writing and producing the upcoming Key & Peele Super Bowl Special.  FRI JAN 30th at 10pm ET/PT on Comedy Central. — RT 

THE ONE-HOUR “KEY & PEELE SUPER BOWL SPECIAL” STARRING KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY AND JORDAN PEELE PREMIERES FRIDAY, JANUARY 30 AT 10 P.M. ET/PT ON COMEDY CENTRAL

  • The “Key & Peele Super Bowl Special” Will Be Available in the Comedy Central App and On Demand from February 2 – February 8

NEW YORK, January 9, 2014 – Comedy Central announced today that it has teamed with the NFL to televise the first-ever official Super Bowl comedy special, making this year’s pre-Super Bowl festivities even bigger, better and more hilarious than ever before. Starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Comedy Central’s hit sketch-comedy series “Key & Peele,” the “Key & Peele Super Bowl Special” (#KeyAndPeele Super Bowl Special) is a one-hour sketch-comedy show set to air Super Bowl Weekend on Friday, January 30th, at 10 p.m. ET/PT—and encoring the night before Super Bowl XLIX, on Saturday January 31st, at 11 p.m. ET/PT—on Comedy Central.

The special will feature Key and Peele anchoring the ultimate Super Bowl comedy event, using the ubiquitous sports news-desk format to celebrate professional football, its most beloved personalities and the grandest day on its calendar: Super Bowl Sunday. Channeling all of the energy and excitement on the ground at Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona, the special will include sketch-comedy vignettes featuring to-be-announced NFL players and a possible Super Bowl edition of the popular “East-West Bowl” sketch from “Key & Peele.” In the weeks leading up to the special, Key and Peele will also post their playoff predictions in a series of social-media videos.

The “Key & Peele Super Bowl Special” will be available February 2 – February 8 in the Comedy Central App with no authentication necessary and on demand through cable providers.

 

 

REVIEW ✭✭✭✭✭ Behind The Scenes

Review with Forrest MacNeil Season 2 is rolling along.  I visited the set last night to see Forrest’s Childhood home…

REVIEW FORREST'S CHILDHOOD HOME

We had an onset table read…

REVIEW ON SET TABLE READ

And here’s a few stills from a recent shoot featuring yours truly… (video stills by Nate Young)

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RT TEACHING AT iO CHICAGO DECEMBER

The Way of ImprovWith Rich Talarico

Take away the pressure of having to think up the entire premise of your scene before you initiate. That’s not improv, that’s invention.
Improv is about cooperation and discovery. Abandon the “flame thrower method” of starting a scene.
Learn the “two-sticks rubbing together method” to light the fire of character and scenic discovery.

Walk the plotless path. ”We don’t serve plot, plot serves us.” Students learn to focus on “Who” and “Where” so “What” simply appears. Meditations and group mind exercises will help you realize that everything that happens on stage is an obstacle or an opportunity, the choice is yours.

When: Monday, December 1st from 7-10pm.
Where: iO Chicago Theater
How much: $53.00
How many: 14 maximum

Here’s what people are saying about Rich and The Way Of Improv:

“Rich’s workshop was the first to sell out at this year’s festival and is considered a ‘must take’ at any festival he attends.”
– Chris Moody
Producer
Detroit Improv Festival

“Rich Talarico is one of the funniest and most inspiring human beings on the planet. As a teacher, his techniques and insights help you to become the best improviser you can be, in a very calm, cool and collected way.”
– Kevin Patrick Robbins
Artistic Director
Impatient Theater Co., Toronto

“Rich is one of those rare people who not only loves to teach, but also wants to learn from his students. His passion and respect for improv as an ever-evolving art form is infectious. Also, he’s a shitload of fun.”
– Amy Rhodes
Student, The Way Of Improv

“After many years of studying and performing improv, Rich’s class was the one that really cleared up my approach to scenework. I left his class feeling confident and having many tools at my disposal to instantly create stronger scenes. The surprising thing is how very simple these ideas are.”
– Steve Halasz
Student, The Way Of Improv


Brainstorming and Pitching Sketch Workshop

With Rich Talarico

An idea is not a sketch. Learn how to conceive and gestate your ideas into undeniable pitches. This class will show you how to wring the most out of that first flash of an idea so that you are able to fully explore all the possibilities available. You’ll also learn how to contribute to other’s ideas in a writer’s room.

When: Tuesday, December 2nd from 12-3pm.
Where: Harold Cabaret iO Chicago
How much: $53.00
How many: 14 maximum

ABOUT RICH

Rich is an Emmy Nominated and Peabody Award Winning writer and Co-Producer for Comedy Central’s KEY & PEELE. Rich is also a staff writer for Comedy Central’s REVIEW WITH FORREST MACNEIL. Previously, Rich wrote for MAD TV, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO. A 22-year improv veteran, Rich studied with Stephen Colbert, Charna Halpern & Del Close. Rich trained & performed at the Second City, Chicago and iO (Improv Olympic), Chicago. Rich has led his ‘The Way Of Improv’ Workshop in San Francisco, Boston, Austin, Toronto, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Chapel Hill, St. Louis, Chicago, Los Angeles & NYC. Rich performs regularly at iO West Theater, Los Angeles and at festivals and theaters all over the US with his improv group DASARISKI.
Register online:  https://campsself.active.com/iOTheater
Register over the phone: 312-929-2401
These electives are listed under Session 6, 2014.

Chicago 1501 N Kingsbury St, Chicago IL 60642 – ph: 312.929.2401www.ioimprov.com

 

IMPROV TALKS – OCT 18 3-6pm DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT, LA

EVENTS

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On Saturday, October 18, LAIIF is hosting a series of talks on improv at the Downtown Independent. It’ll be like TED Talks, but for improv.

Tickets will be $10 at the door, with all proceeds going toward future LAIIF events.

Join us from 3pm to 6pm for talks from:

Nick Armstrong
Heather Campbell
Neil Flynn
Will Hines
Lucas Neff
Ian Roberts
Rich Talarico
and more!

The Downtown Independent
251 S Main St.
Los Angeles, California
90012

Improv Talks on Facebook.

RT Performing/Teaching OCT 3,4,5 @ The Torch Theatre, Phoenix

 The Torch Theatre proudly presents Rich Talarico performing improv comedy with some of Arizona’s best improvisors on Friday, October 3rd & Saturday, October 4th at 4721 North Central Avenue in Phoenix. Talarico is best known as a writer & co-producer of the Comedy Central sketch show Key & Peele, which recently was nominated for four Emmys and received the prestigious Peabody Award last February.

Rich Talarico will be performing with members of The Torch Theatre’s team of teachers & founders, The Foundation, in the four following shows:

 The Trifecta, Friday, October 3rd at 8:30 PM. $10.

-Talarico, Haldiman, & Shannon with Sam Haldiman and Shane Shannon (along with Torch founding troupe Light Rail Pirates and R-Madillo, a duo fresh from an appearance in last month’s Detroit Improv Festival).

Friday, October 3rd at 10 PM. $10.

Talarico, Arend, Duncan, & Hanlon with Jacque Arend, Mack Duncan, and Stacey Hanlon.

Saturday, October 4th at 8:30 PM. $10.

The Neighborhood with guest monologist Rich Talarico,

Saturday, October 4th at 10 PM. $10. 

Talarico, Binder, Gonzalez, & Miller with Bill Binder, Jose Gonzalez, and Nina Miller.

Award-winning writer also teaching workshops in improv & sketch comedy