Two Days, Two Master Classes

Character, POV, Object Work and Brainstorming and Pitching Sketch Shows

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 coproduced The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show for Comedy Central.


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Character, POV, and Object Work

Character Creation: Character = choice. Learn how to line up your own choices with gifts from your teammates as you create each other’s characters instantly on stage. Feel the power of POV – the choice that guides all choices. See how easy it is to discover your character’s world view, the filter through which only you look, and how to keep “playing the game” of your character throughout a scene and a show. Join Rich Talarico a 25+ year improv vet and Alumnus of The Second City and Improv Olympic as He leads this character workshop that will leave you with many tools to create characters instantly on stage.


Character Heightening by Engagement: In part two of this workshop you will learn how to give and use gifts that enhance character and open doors for endless scenic exploration. A gift in improv must be organic, which means that we must be able to see the gift rooted in something that has occurred onstage already. And, gifts must be used right away. Learn the difference between “gifting” and “pimping.” Learn how to “not gift yourself” and how working and using the details and gifts of a scene or show are the life blood of comedy improvisations.


Prerequisite: Improv 101 (or permission of the PHIT Training Center)
Date: Saturday, February 16th, 2018
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm and 2:00-5:00pm
Location: Mainstage (1st Floor)
*Workshop includes an improv performance on Saturday evening!*


Brainstorming and Pitching

Brainstorming & Pitching: Learn how the most simple ideas and random wonderings can be turned into undeniable sketch comedy pitches. This class will show you how to wring the most out of that first flash of an idea so you are able to explore possibilities you didn’t know were there. You’ll also learn how to contribute to other’s ideas in a writers room. The morning session will teach you how to brainstorm, how to cultivate and store your ideas and the afternoon session will teach you how to take your crafted idea and share it with others in a sketch context. Learn to find ideas anywhere and never fear pitching again. In part 2, students learn to hone ideas into concrete pitches, students will also learn also how to contribute to others’ sketches. Join Rich as he shares insights from shows like “The Tonight Show” “SNL” “MADtv” and “Key & Peele.”


Prerequisite: None!
Date: Sunday, February 17th, 2018
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm and 2:00-5:00pm
Location: Mainstage (1st Floor)
*Workshop includes a sketch performance on Sunday evening!*

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