Rich Talarico: Object Work Lecture / Q&A - Sunday, August 25, 2019, 2PM - 5PM

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Rich Talarico: Object Work Lecture / Q&A - Sunday, August 25, 2019, 2PM - 5PM


Ampersand Theater Company is thrilled to present a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn directly from veteran writer and producer Rich Talarico (Key & Peele, MADtv, Saturday Night Live).

A picture is worth 1,000 words -- so why don’t you want 1,000 words’ worth of information streaming into your scenes every time you deal with the objects and spaces around you?

Using heavy audience participation, Rich will lead this Object Work lecture that will leave you with many tools to wring myriad benefits out of the environment. You’ll discover how “Rolling visualization” can bring you fully into the skin of your character, to engage with the world of the scene in the moment.

Object work makes callbacks easier, engages your audience, kills “talking heads” scenes, and creates opportunities for every other player on stage. Rich will reveal techniques to continue to practice and develop this crucial improv skill.

If time permits, this event will also include a Q&A session with Rich!

Rich Talarico is an Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning writer and producer known for his work on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, FOX’s MADtv, and NBC’s Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Rich took his first improv class from Stephen Colbert at Chicago’s The Second City back in the 1900s. He went on to tour with Second City’s National Touring Company and later co-created five original sketch revues with the etc., and Main Stage Companies.

Rich was also involved at iO Chicago under the direction of Charna Halpern and the late Del Close, where he co-created the long-form improv show Dasariski, and played with the early casts of The Armando Diaz Experience,” Chicago’s longest-running improv show.

Rich has appeared in a number of TV commercials, most notably A&W RootBeer's “Mr. Dumass.” He has also appeared in small roles on SNL, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Early Edition, and the feature film High Fidelity, starring John Cusak. Rich runs comedy writing and improv comedy work-shops in Los Angeles and around the US. Learn more at

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