Let's Talk Comedy With Kevin Farley!

Date: 6/24/2020 at 5:30:00 PM

Location: Your Home!


Wednesday, June 24th 


5:30 PM - 6:30 PM EST

Join Kevin Farley, for an afternoon talk about comedy! He’ll share a bit of his journey and tips and tricks he’s learned along the way. Then, feel free to submit questions and get answers about what it takes to make it in comedy.

As a member of the famed Second City in Chicago I learned the value of Improvisation as a tool for creativity. Having studied and performed at Improv Olympic, and Comedy Sports as well, I learned that the things I learned at those places could be applied to my artistic career, as well as my life. I learned the value of listening and staying in the moment on stage. They both served to help the scene along, and they help in maneuvering through hollywood and life. I will go over the things I learned at Second City and Improv Olympic, as well as some valuable truths from Viola Spolin the queen of Improv. I will give a talk on how to generate creativity when you don’t feel like being creative. I will tell you about tools that can help you stay in the moment, and be present in life. I will talk about how to trust your instincts on stage and in life. Trusting yourself and your other performers or colleagues is so important in todays world as well as the improv world. I will point out how all the skills I learned in improv have helped me professionally, and personally. The talk will be about 35 to 40 minutes, and afterwards I will take questions. 

About Kevin Farley:

Kevin Farley (accomplished actor, writer, director) has truly established himself as a comedic presence both on the big screen and television.

Kevin was born in Madison, Wisconsin, to Mary Anne (Crosby) and Thomas Farley, who owned an oil company. Among his siblings are actors John Farley and the late Chris Farley. He is of Irish heritage. He has two other brothers and sisters--Barb, a nursery school teacher, and Tom Jr., who works for a marketing firm. He majored in Business at Marquette University in Milwaukee. After graduation, for six years he sold asphalt for his father's company, Scotch Oil. However, Chris soon convinced him to try show business. Kevin first went on stage at the Chicago ImprovOlympic.

Farley eventually moved to Chicago and studied at the famed Second City. The minute he relocated to Los Angeles he began landing roles in films such as Tommy Boy and Black Sheep. Then Farley landed a starring role as "Doug Linus" on MTV's sitcom 2gether where he was met with rave reviews. After that Farley appeared in numerous TV series programs such as That '70s Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Joey, Just Shoot Me, Curb Your Enthusiasm and many more. When Farley moved more into feature films, his unsurprising emphasis was exclusively on comedy. He appeared in the Adam Sandler animated comedy Eight Crazy Nights, and soon after The Waterboy, Dirty Work, the Cedric the Entertainer laugh-fest Johnson Family Vacation to name a few.

In 2008, Farley starred in the lead role of An American Carol, playing a cynical, anti-American "Hollywood" filmmaker who sets out on a crusade to abolish the 4th of July holiday. He is visited by three spirits who take him on a hilarious journey in an attempt to show him the true meaning of America. This comedy film (directed by David Zucker) is a parody of liberal filmmaker Michael Moore that "lampoons contemporary American culture, particularly Hollywood." It uses the framework of A Christmas Carol but moves the setting of the story from Christmas to Independence Day. The supporting cast included Kelsey Grammer, Jon Voight, Dennis Hopper, and Leslie Nielsen. Farley co-wrote, directed and starred in Hollywood Wine. The film also stars Chazz Palminteri, Chris Kattan, David Spade, Norm MacDonald and Jeremy London.

Multi tasking is easy for Farley - he does it all with a fabulously contagious sense of humor, both on screen and off. Kevin resides in New York.


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