ONLINE class: Intro to TV Writing

Wed. Oct 27, 2021 7:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
18 and Over
Price: $300.00
18 and Over
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Price: $300.00
18 and Over
Event Description
In this six-week online writing course, students will learn television writing basics including comedy devices and techniques from Peabody Award winner and 4-time Emmy nominated writer and producer Rich Talarico. Rich will teach comedy and TV writing "must-knows": from how to write jokes, black-outs, to scenes, pilot technique, and more. This class is a great opportunity for those wanting to delve deeper into sketch comedy writing by learning the essentials of writing comedy for the screen, which will also allow students to pick up techniques for developing longer narrative pieces. Students will also learn the valuable writers' room skills of contributing to others’ ideas and pitches and incorporating the suggestions of their peers.


Rich will share his insights from writing and producing 15+ years in late night TV (SNL, MADtv, Key & Peele, The Tonight Show) and from his experiences having co-written five resident company shows for The Second City in Chicago. 

Instructor: Rich Talarico 

Dates: Wednedays October 27–December 8  7:00-9:30PM ET 
+ Free Q&A Session with Rich Talarico and Academy Director Robin Hitchcock Wednesday October 20 at 7:00PM EDT

Students will complete weekly writing assignments due 48 hours before each session.

Location: Class to be held over Zoom. 

Prerequisites: This class is open to beginner and experienced writers with familiarity with sketch comedy or comedic screenwriting. 

Class size is limited to 8 students, with a class minimum of 5 students. 

About Rich Talarico:

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Rich Talarico is an alum of The Second City and Improv Olympic theaters in Chicago. Rich worked for 15 years in late night TV on shows like Key & PeeleReviewMADtvSaturday Night Live, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Rich has also produced and wrote Frank TV for TBS and was a writer/performer on The Sketch Pad for HBO. Rich did script punch-ups on Tina Fey’s Mean Girls and the Oscar-winning Get Out. Rich's most recent feature film script, The Widow Daredevil, was named an official selection of the 2020 Beverly Hills Film Festival. As an actor, Rich has appeared in featured roles on MADtvLate Night with Conan O’Brien and the feature film, High Fidelity. Rich also appeared in numerous TV commercials, most notably A&W Root Beer’s “Mr. Dumass.”


Arcade Comedy Theater classes are open to students 18 yrs or older. 

Participants will need access to a computer with a stable internet connection. The workshop will be conducted over Zoom, which requires creating a free account.

Arcade is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our patrons, students, and performing artists. Our facilities at 943 Liberty Avenue are designed for wheelchair access both in our audience and on our stages. We also offer gender-inclusive restrooms and elevator access to all floors. If you have any accessibility requirements, please contact us at:

Any questions about classes, registration, internships, or prerequisites can be sent to the Arcade Academy (, or via phone at 412-339-0608.

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Student Registration $300.00
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943 Liberty Avenue 943 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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