Advanced Study Sketch Wednesdays 7-10pm

Advanced Study Sketch: Advanced Study Sketch

Prerequisites Completion of Sketch 301; Acceptance into Advanced Study Sketch
Scheduled Wednesdays 7-10pm
Start Date Oct 9, 2019, 7:00pm
Price $475 + Fees
Class Size 8 students
Sessions 8 sessions, 3 hours each
Advanced Study Sketch

THE WRITERS' ROOM with Rich Talarico 

This course will cover a wide array of topics relating to sketch comedy writing, from brainstorming and cultivation of ideas to pitching where students will learn how the most simple ideas and random wonderings can be turned into undeniable sketch comedy pitches. We will explore how to wring the most out of that first flash of an idea, and students will learn how to contribute to other’s ideas. Students will learn to write and re-write their material with a reading/ performance at the end of the workshop.  Some experience required. Join Rich a 25+ year sketch comedy writer who will share insights from writing at Second City, MADtv, The Tonight Show, SNL, Key & Peele and more. 

Students must be accepted into the Advanced Study Sketch Program to register for this course.  More information: 

If you are approved for Advanced Study Sketch and wish to take this class, you may enroll now.  

Please note all tuition payments include a $35 non-refundable registration processing fee.   

Class meets at UCB Sunset Training Center; Room #215


Rich Talarico, teacher

Rich Talarico 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
“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.” Rich
also produced and wrote “Frank TV“ for TBS, “The Sketch Pad” for HBO and co-produced The
Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show for Comedy Central.
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 was also involved 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 appeared in a number of 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 comedy writing and
improv comedy work-shops in Los Angels and around the US.

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