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Lecture: How to Write a Joke with Rich Talarico

October 14, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT


A lecture by a comedy writing legend 

Sigmund Freud says there are three parts to a joke. The expectation, the bewilderment and the illumination.

In this 2 hour lecture, attendees will learn comic devices and joke writing techniques that they can carry forward in their comedy careers or just have a deeper understanding of what is going on subconsciously when a joke is presented to an audience. Join comedy veteran Rich Talarico who will share insights on joke writing learned from 30 years in the entertainment business having written monologue jokes for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as Key & Peele, MADtv, and SNL.

Runtime: 2 hours
Tickets: $25

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.


October 14, 2023
11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
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Arcade Comedy Theater
943 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States
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