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iO OFFERS A VARIETY OF UNIQUE WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Beginner/Intermediate - Intro to TV Sketch Writing

“Brainstorming and Pitching”

Ideas are all around you, all you have to do is start asking questions. Veteran TV writer Rich Talarico (MADtv, SNL, Key & Peele, Tonight Show) will teach basic techniques on how to come up with and cultivate sketch comedy ideas.

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 “The Key & Peele Super Bowl Special”, “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,” plus “NBC New Year’s Eve Special” and “Red Nose Day.” Rich also produced and wrote “Frank TV” for TBS and “The Sketch Pad” for HBO. Rich served as an improv coach on the first “Anchorman” film and did script punch-ups on “Mean Girls” and the Oscar-winning “Get Out.”

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 also studied with renowned writing teacher Robert McKee.

On camera, Rich has appeared in numerous 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 workshops in sketch comedy writing and long- form improvisation in Los Angeles and around the US. Rich plays chess and drums.

When: Wednesday, August 21st from 7-10pm
Where: “1st Floor Event Space” located on the first floor of the iO Theater.
How many 12 students

$80.00
Instructors:

Rich Talarico

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Intermediate/Advanced – TV Sketch Writing

“The Writer’s Room”

Writing students will pitch ideas and contribute to other writer’s pitches as we explore and explode ideas in a writers room context. Join Rich as he shares insights from shows like Tonight Show, SNL, MADtv and Key & Peele.

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 “The Key & Peele Super Bowl Special”, “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,” plus “NBC New Year’s Eve Special” and “Red Nose Day.” Rich also produced and wrote “Frank TV” for TBS and “The Sketch Pad” for HBO. Rich served as an improv coach on the first “Anchorman” film and did script punch-ups on “Mean Girls” and the Oscar-winning “Get Out.”

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 also studied with renowned writing teacher Robert McKee.

On camera, Rich has appeared in numerous 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 workshops in sketch comedy writing and long- form improvisation in Los Angeles and around the US. Rich plays chess and drums.

When: Thursday, August 22nd from 7-10pm
Where: “1st Floor Event Space” located on the first floor of the iO Theater.
How many 12 students

$80.00
Instructors:

Rich Talarico

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Chicago Musical Improv Festival Workshop Series

The Chicago Musical Improv Festival, now in its fifth year is back with more jazz hands and more talent from across the nation. As this specific form of improv becomes a staple within the comedy community, the Chicago Musical Improv Festival nurtures to showcasing only the best of its kind.

Are you a fierce musical improviser who isn't afraid to fly solo? Great! CHIMIF has a great option for you! There are 32 solo participant spots and once they're filled - that's it! We're excited to build a communal feel for the weekend and we'll have plenty of jams and events to jump in on! Every participant will rotate through workshops Friday-Sunday with some of the best musical improv instructors in the country. And on Sunday, all participants will join a mixer team for a final performance in the evening to close out the festival! This year joining us we have Stacey Smith, Jeff Bouthiette, Nicole Hastings and Matt Geiler as our featured instructors! Don't miss out on the fun! You can view the instructor bios here: https://www.chicagomusicalimprovfestival.com

Registration will include (3) three hour workshops, one 2-hour rehearsal and a mixer show. You will also be provided with a festival pass so that you can attend all shows Wednesday-Sunday for free (as long as they aren't sold out).

When: Friday, September, 6th - Sunday, September, 8th

How many: 32 Students

*you will receive an email when all the spots are filled to curate your workshop schedule! If you have any questions, please email chicagomusicalimprovfestival@gmail.com

205.00
Instructors:

Stacey Smith, Jeff Bouthiette, Nicole Hastings and Matt Geiler

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