Intro to Comedy Writing

with Rich Talarico

Peabody® award winning writer of Key & Peele

Online Class over Zoom - Six Weeks 

Tuesdays, April 9 - May 14
7pm to 10pm EST

“Rich Talarico is one of  the all time great Caucasian Improvisers.”
— Tina Fey


We have opened an AUDIT OPTION which allows you to attend and observe the class. Limited to 10 auditors. Ages 18+ only.

Presented in partnership with Reflex Improv and Loudoun Improv. You will see “Loudoun Improv” on your receipt
Rich shares insights and writing techniques from his 20+ years in late night TV (SNL, MADtv, Key & Peele, The Tonight Show) and from having written five resident company shows for Second City in Chicago. Students will learn how to write jokes, how to brainstorm and pitch their ideas and how to outline a scene and the key elements to story-structure, formatting and how to tell a story and come up with an ending. Group and team working as well as homework with deadlines, students will learn a variety of scene types: character pieces, pet peeve and trope scenes, commercial parodies, desk pieces and more, all in a hands-on environment.

Rich Talarico is a Peabody® Award winner who boasts four Emmy® nominations, as well as four Writers Guild Award noms. Rich is a distinguished writer/producer known for his significant contributions to Key & Peele. Rich wrote K&P favorites Substitute Teacher, Racist Zombies, Karim and Jahar, Hatz, Teaching Center, Obama Greets, Black Ice and many more. Rich wrote and produced on some of the biggest comedy shows in late-night; MADtv, The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, and the critically acclaimed, Review. Rich is an alum of Chicago’s Second City and has appeared in featured roles on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, MADtv, the feature film High Fidelity and A&W Root Beer’s classic TV ad, “Mr. Dumass.” Talarico’s extensive experience in the comedy industry has made him a sought-after teacher, writer and consultant. — more at

“As a teacher, Rich Talarico brings Lakers legendary coach Phil Jackson to mind. A cerebral educator who brings out the best in people.”

— Keith “Lucky” Lehrer original drummer of “Circle Jerks”

“Rich is the embodiment of good improv: positive, giving, and genuine.”

— Colin Thornton – co-founder, Improv Cincinnati

“Rich’s workshop is considered a ‘must take’ at any festival he attends.”

— Chris Moody – Producer, Detroit Improv Festival

“Rich shows you how small gifts build to deep, wonderful characters and scenes.”

— Cean Okada, Student

“Rich’s class left me feeling confident and having many tools at my disposal to instantly create stronger scenes.  The surprising thing is how simple these ideas are.”

— Steve Halasz, Student

“Rich 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

“Since his workshop, I’ve been happily stealing Rich’s exercises and have seen such a huge difference with our students. I’m forever grateful for this class and can’t wait to work with Rich again in the future.”

— Kevin Shimko, Artistic Director of the Comedy Arts Theater of Charlotte (CATCh)

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