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Ric Walker

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Episode 220: Ric Walker - Cooked

2nd Story

In this week's episode, teller Ric Walker shares a story, in his words, "about a minor injustice and major optimism."


28 May 2021

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Episode 202: Ric Walker - Crosses

2nd Story

In this week's story, teller Ric Walker shares a moment of fear that interfered on an unexpectedly loving experience.


25 Sep 2020

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Improv Nerd With Jimmy Carrane

Ric Walker has performed with Improvised Shakespeare Company for 15 years and is the director of Chicago cast. He is also a professor at Columbia College in Chicago, where he teaches improv, sketch and stand-up. Jimmy talks to him about Improvised Shakespeare, why emotions are our friend in our scene work, and his thoughts on improving diversity in improv.


18 Jun 2020

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School Of Laughs

Ric Walker is a performer, teacher, writer and director. As an actor he has appeared in numerous plays, independent films and television. He has worked as a corporate spokesman for companies such as Eli Lilly, Computer Associates and Oracle. He has improvised with and been a member of comedy troupes The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Comedy Sportz Chicago, The Second City and MCTD (Midwest Comedy Tool & Die). He is a member Emeritus of Second Story (Serendipity Theater Collective). Ric has designed and facilitated workshops on improvisation, public speaking and communications for corporations and organizations such as Coke, Pepsi, Starbucks and Northwestern University Law School. Ric is currently a Professor at Columbia College Chicago in the nation’s first BA in Comedy Writing and Performance. RIC WALKER SHOW NOTES Teaching comedy at Columbia University Each semester culminates in a mini sketch show Around 225 students. A popular Major Is this how you want to represent yourself? Are you saying this because you think it's a truth Your job as the performer is to illuminate something for the audience and show them some new way of looking at it Every day is an experiment It's not about trying to do it perfect the first time Give yourself permission to say whatever Creating brave spaces Is your premise clear? Does your premise create a target assumption? Is there a simple way that you are changing that story with that punch line? Is the language sharp? Six filters to test your joke structure The ideal student It's inexplicable how some people break and some people don't SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT:  This episode is brought to you by Patreon supporter DONNA LEWIS and CLUB 52. Club 52  is a one-year program designed to challenge you to get bigger, better and more bookable. You will be prompted to examine your material, performance and business practices via email each week.  Visit www.SchoolOfLaughs.com/Patreon for more info today.


14 Oct 2019

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Ric Walker - Episode 178

Learning Not To Swear with Ted Lyde

Ric Walker talks about his career in comedy and improv and how he landed the Dream Job of teaching Comedy at Columbia College in Chicago. We also compare notes on the burden of being too damn handsome.

1hr 5mins

10 Dec 2018

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Episode 47: Ric Walker - Ripples

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Originally released on December 11, 2011.


6 Aug 2017

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Episode 01: Ric Walker

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Originally released on December 8, 2011.


4 Aug 2017

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IRC Podcast 2015-07-29 Ric Walker

Improv Resource Center Podcast

Ric Walker, Second City instructor and member of the Improvised Shakespeare Company is our guest. We talk about reacting emotionally, clown work, developing shows and more. Subscribe in iTunes For more episodes visit ircpodcast.com Please consider supporting the IRC podcast at patreon.com/mullaney For more info on the New Zealand Improv Festival

1hr 3mins

31 Jul 2015

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008 - Ric Walker - On the Improvised Shakespeare Company, the 4 qualities necessary to be great at improv, and using stock characters

Talking Shop: An Improv Podcast with Brian Gray

In November's episode, Brian sits down with performer, teacher and writer Ric Walker. Ric has taught Improvisation, Acting and Writing for organizations including Pegasus Players, After School Matters and The Second City. He has improvised with legendary companies such as The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Comedy Sportz Chicago, The Second City and MCTD (Midwest Comedy Tool & Die). Ric is currently an MFA Student at Pitt and an active member of the Pittsburgh comedy community. Ric Walker Ric and Brian discuss the process used by Improvised Shakespeare Company and how that show was created in the early days, Ric's informal poll of great improvisers that revealed four qualities of great improvisers and what they are, as well as Ric's use of stock characters, particularly in short form.We then played two 5 min(ish) character-focused games, one in which we played two characters being interviewed documentary-style and the other in which I interviewed a series of Ric's go-to characters.Thanks to Zach Simons for audio production and live tech and our new home at Arcade Comedy Theater for hosting the show.  Music in the podcast:Talking Shop Theme by Michelle HorsleyKick Shock by Kevin MacLeodLast Days of Disco by FhernandoDon't miss Talking Shop next month date and guest TBA!

1hr 15mins

30 Nov 2013