Electives and other classes

Throughout the year, Dallas Comedy House offers various specialty workshops that cover a wide range of topics. See below for current workshop offerings.

Short Form Improv Mechanics
285.00

Short Form Improv Mechanics
7 Week Course | $285 | Previous Improv Required
Saturdays 11:00 - 2:00 | January 12 - February 23

If you've seen a DCH Family Friendly or Big Friday improv show, you've seen short-form improv! Learn how to translate your long-form improv experience into games and premises to get big laugh payoffs in this seven-week course. While this class is designed to prepare students for Big Friday, Family Friendly, and Corporate shows, it does not guarantee a future spot in these performance opportunities. 
Previous Improv Experience Required

Course requires a minimum of 8 students registered to make. DCH reserves the right to reschedule the course if the minimum is not met.

Students must be 18+ to register.

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Master Class: Object Work, the Secret Weapon of Improv with Rich Talarico
90.00

Master Class: Object Work, The Secret Weapon of Improv
Sunday, January 20th | 10:00am-1:00pm
No pre-requisites required

Learn the secret weapon of improv - Object Work. 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. “Rolling visualization” brings you fully into the skin of your character, in present tense engagement with the world around you. Object work makes call backs easier, engages your audience, kills “talking heads” scenes, and creates opportunities for every other player on stage.


About Rich Talarico
Rich Talarico is an Emmy nominated and Peabody Award winning writer and producer best known for his work on Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele.“ Additionally, Rich has written/produced “The Key & Peele Superbowl Special”, “Review” for Comedy Central, FOX’s “Mad TV,” NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno”, and the 2-hour TV Special “Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows.” “ NBC New Year’s Eve Special” and “Red Nose Day” Rich also produced and wrote “Frank TV“ for TBS, “The Sketch Pad” for HBO and co-produced The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show for Comedy Central. Rich also served as an improv coach on the first “Anchorman” 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 Theater back in the 1900s. Rich went on to tour with Second City’s National Touring Company and later co-created five original sketch comedy revues with SC’s Etc., and Main Stage Companies. While in Chicago, Rich was also involved at Improv Olympic (Now iO) under the direction of Charna Halpern and the late, Del Close. Rich played on the Improv Olympic house teams “Mr. Blonde” and “Faulty Wiring” – co-created the long-form improv shows “Strap Heads”, “Trio”, “Close Quarters” and “Dasariski“ and played with the early casts of Chicago’s longest running improv show: “The Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny.” Rich has also studied with renowned writing teacher Robert McKee.

On camera, Rich has appeared in a number of TV commercials, most notably A&W Rootbeer’s— “Mr. Dumass.” Rich also appeared in small roles on “Review”, “SNL”, “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”, “Early Edition”, “What About Joan?” and the feature film “High Fidelity”. Rich runs comedy writing and improv work-shops in Los Angeles and around the US. Rich can juggle, plays chess and drums.

Industry Character Showcase Workshop
285.00

Industry Character Showcase Workshop
7 Week Course | $285 | Sketch 3 Required
Mondays 6:30 - 9:30 | January 7 - February 18

Learn how to write & perform character monologues for an industry showcase. Taught by Amanda Austin, this seven-week course is for those looking for advanced notes on performance and writing. While this class is designed to prepare students for industry showcases, students are not guaranteed a spot in future industry showcases and should enroll in this course for the knowledge and skill. 
Sketch 3 or Instructor Approval Required

Course requires a minimum of 5 students registered to make. DCH reserves the right to reschedule the course if the minimum is not met.

Students must be 18+ to register.

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Master Class: Two-Part Sketch Workshop with Rich Talarico
170.00

Master Class: Two-Part Sketch Workshop
Saturday/Sunday, January 19th/20th | 2:00-5:00pm
No pre-requisites required

BRAINSTORMING & PITCHING

Learn how the most simple ideas and random wonderings can be turned into undeniable sketch comedy pitches. This class will show you how to wring the most out of that first flash of an idea so you are able to explore possibilities you didn't know were there. You'll also learn how to contribute to other's ideas in a writers room. The morning session will teach you how to brainstorm, how to cultivate and store your ideas and the afternoon session will teach you how to take your crafted idea and share it with others in a sketch context. Learn to find ideas anywhere and never fear pitching again.


About Rich Talarico
Rich Talarico is an Emmy nominated and Peabody Award winning writer and producer best known for his work on Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele.“ Additionally, Rich has written/produced “The Key & Peele Superbowl Special”, “Review” for Comedy Central, FOX’s “Mad TV,” NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno”, and the 2-hour TV Special “Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows.” “ NBC New Year’s Eve Special” and “Red Nose Day” Rich also produced and wrote “Frank TV“ for TBS, “The Sketch Pad” for HBO and co-produced The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show for Comedy Central. Rich also served as an improv coach on the first “Anchorman” 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 Theater back in the 1900s. Rich went on to tour with Second City’s National Touring Company and later co-created five original sketch comedy revues with SC’s Etc., and Main Stage Companies. While in Chicago, Rich was also involved at Improv Olympic (Now iO) under the direction of Charna Halpern and the late, Del Close. Rich played on the Improv Olympic house teams “Mr. Blonde” and “Faulty Wiring” – co-created the long-form improv shows “Strap Heads”, “Trio”, “Close Quarters” and “Dasariski“ and played with the early casts of Chicago’s longest running improv show: “The Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny.” Rich has also studied with renowned writing teacher Robert McKee.

On camera, Rich has appeared in a number of TV commercials, most notably A&W Rootbeer’s— “Mr. Dumass.” Rich also appeared in small roles on “Review”, “SNL”, “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”, “Early Edition”, “What About Joan?” and the feature film “High Fidelity”. Rich runs comedy writing and improv work-shops in Los Angeles and around the US. Rich can juggle, plays chess and drums.