Advanced Improv Intensive with Rich Talarico

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ColdTowne Conservatory

6929 Airport Boulevard

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Austin, TX 78752

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The Advanced Improv Intensive is open to improvisers with one year of experience.

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Schedule of Intensive:

  • Friday 6/26: 1-4p
  • Saturday 6/27: 3-6p
  • Show: Saturday 6/27 10p

Focus of the Intensive: "Two Sticks” is organic long form that uses object work to begin all the scenes, which takes the pressure off of the performers of having to think up any premises. In this style the players work together building each scene in physical (object work) first grounding them in a discovered and shared WHO/WHERE before the dialogue begins. A lot of improv scenes start with FLAMETHROWER approach to starting a scene where one performer steps out and FLAMETHROWS all the information of WHO WHAT WHERE. And, then the rest of the team follows along. That’s not improv, that’s invention on the part of the person who had to concoct the info. Two Sticks approach allows us to use cooperation and discovery. Instead of starting the fire of our scene with this flame thrower of info approach, we are going to use the TWO STICKS RUBBING TOGETHER method of starting the fire: In this style, one person comes out and based on the suggestion, starts something physical (making an offering, not doing all the heavy lifitng of WHO WHAT WHERE) then, a second player comes out and adds their own physical to this scene. Complementary moves lead to a discovered WHO AND WHERE.

About Rich: Rich Talarico is an Emmy nominated and Peabody Award winning writer and producer best known for his work on Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele.“ Rich has also written/produced “The Key & Peele Superbowl Special,” “Review” for Comedy Central, FOX’s “Madtv,” NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” as well as “The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno.” Rich produced and wrote “Frank TV“ for TBS and was a writer/performer on “The Sketch Pad” for HBO. Rich served as improv coach on the first “Anchorman” film and did 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 back in the 1900s. Rich went on the road with Second City’s National Tour and later co-created five original sketch comedy revues with SC’s Etc., and Main Stage Companies. While in Chicago, Rich was involved at Improv Olympic (Now iO) under the direction of Charna Halpern and the late, Del Close. Rich played on the iO house teams “Mr. Blonde” and “Faulty Wiring” and co-created the long-form improv shows “Strap Heads,” “Trio,” “Close Quarters” and “Dasariski.“ Rich also played with the early casts of Chicago’s longest running improv show: “The Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny.” Rich has played small roles on “Review,” "MADtv," “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” “Early Edition,” “What About Joan?” and the feature film “High Fidelity.” Rich has appeared in several TV commercials, most notably A&W Rootbeer’s “Mr. Dumass.”

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