Class #56: My Talented Family

Download: The MP3 File (Length: 41m -- 28 MB)

Rick Overton [Twitter] is an actor, comedian, and Emmy winning writer.  This comedy veteran also hosts the wonderful podcast Overview.  Rick is a guy who grew up with two parents in the music business and for him that meant his house was always full of legends like Salvador Dali, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and more.

In this class we talk about:

  • Being surrounded by the idea of improvisation
  • Having jazz legends at his house constantly growing up
  • Having an alcoholic father and seeing him drink as a child
  • Taking the essence of jazz from his childhood to his comedy career
  • Being intimidated by his parents' talents
  • Appearing in the upcoming film “Haunted House 2”
  • A special role on “Seinfeld” as The Drake
  • How most movies are no longer shot in L.A.
  • Having a mom that was in The Chordettes
  • Losing a father to alcohol
  • Making George Burns laugh
  • Having parents that encouraged him to be creative
  • Hearing graphic WWII stories from his late father
  • First doing stand-up in high school
  • The politics and problems performing in a group
  • Being terrified to perform comedy in front of his parents
  • Having two different influences because of opposite parents
  • Struggling as a young comic
  • Moving to Los Angeles for acting work
  • Memorizing lines with dyslexia

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