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Workshop with Rich Talarico: The Way Of Improv (SF Improv Festival 2013)
The Alcove Theater
San Francisco, CA
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Workshop with Rich Talarico: The Way Of Improv (SF Improv Festival 2013)
Saturday, 9/14 AND Sunday 9/15
2-5 PM

The Way Of Improv
A Course in Long Form Improvisation
Led By - Rich Talarico

Take away the pressure of having to think up the entire premise of your scene before you initiate.  That's not improv.  That's invention.  Improv is about cooperation and discovery.

Abandon the FLAME THROWER METHOD of starting a scene.  Learn the TWO STICKS RUBBING TOGETHER METHOD to light the fire of scene and character discovery.  With a focus on group mind, small thankless moves, and cooperation & discovery, you'll learn to create and sustain strong, smart, funny scenes.

Walk the plotless path.  "We don't serve plot, plot serves us."   Students learn to play "WHO" and "WHERE" so  "WHAT" simply appears.  Meditations and group mind exercises will help you realize that --everything that happens in improv is either an obstacle or an opportunity.  The choice is yours.  

Jump and the net will appear.

Open to all levels.

"Rich Talarico is one of the all time great Caucasian improvisers."
-- Tina Fey


"I can honestly say that Rich's class was one of the best improv classes that I have taken.  He has a unique teaching style that is different from every teacher I have had.  His Zen like qualities are very easy to get comfortable with and the next thing you know, you have become a much better performer.  I recommend "The Way of Improv" to every improviser that I know."
--Andy Ostroff (student Way Of Improv)

"Rich's take on improv is unlike any other teacher I've had. In this current improv climate, where a scene is just a shallow game and an entire show consists of two improvisers standing in one place and talking to each other, his focus on intense object work and making small moves has added a layer to my improv technique that you can't learn anywhere else, it seems. Definitely worth taking, and taking again."
-- Adam Bowers (student Way Of Improv)


Rich is a 20-year improv veteran having studied with Stephen Colbert, Charna Halpern & the late Del Close.  Rich trained and performed at the Second City Chicago and IO Chicago.   Rich has written for Mad TV,  Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno.  Currently he's a staff writer for Season 2 of Comedy Central's Key and Peele.  Rich has led improv workshop in Dallas, Boston, Austin, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles & NYC.  You can see Rich perform at UCB Los Angeles in the improv group "Dasariski."


The Alcove Theater (View)
414 Mason Street (x Geary) Suite 502
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Comedy > Improv
Comedy > Sketch
Education > Classes

Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: San Francisco Improv Festival
On BPT Since: Jun 22, 2010
Jamie Wright

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