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School Of Laughs

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Oct 14, 2019

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.


  • 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


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