Kahnversations Podcast
Director/Actor/Writer Richie Keen Director of FIST FIGHT with Chariie Day and Ice Cube!!!

New Podcast with Director/Actor/Writer Richie Keen!

In this episode of "Kahnversations," we interview Richie Keen.

Richie is a WGA award winning writer and director whose work is diversified across the comedy landscape. Richie directed the feature film FIST FIGHT (New Line/Warner Bros), starring Ice Cube, Charlie Day and Tracy Morgan, which will be released February 17th. Richie is also one of the resident directors on IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, having directed multiple episodes. Other recent directing credits include the TV Land pilot for TEACHERS (now going into it’s second season), SHAMELESS for Showtime, multiple episodes of the Billy Crystal half hour show THE COMEDIANS for FX, and multiple episodes of the new Netflix comedy DISJOINTED, from Chuck Lorre, starring Kathy Bates as the owner of a marijuana dispensary. Richie also directed an award winning ESPN 30 FOR 30 short on “Tommy John surgery," entitled TOMMY AND FRANK, as well as numerous other network and cable series.

After a very successful career as an actor and stand up comedian, starring in dozens of sitcoms and national commercials, Richie became one of Hollywood’s top acting coaches under Lesly Kahn & Co. Working with the famous, infamous and soon to be famous, Richie quickly became the go-to guy for comedy, which taught him to be a true actor’s director.

Richie won the Writer’s Guild award for “Outstanding Achievement in Writing Original New Media” for AIM HIGH, a show about a high school aged hit-man, which was produced by Warner Premiere and McG. He also executive produced, co-wrote and co-created the show, which was the first Facebook series from a Hollywood studio. In addition, Richie was awarded the “Digital Luminary Award” at the NATPE convention for AIM HIGH. Richie has also written pilots for CBS, Fox and NBC, collaborating with producers such as Greg Daniels and The Tannenbaums.

Currently, Richie is attached to direct the feature PARTNERS, starring Mark Wahlberg, for New Line Cinema.

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There are so many inspiring podcasts with fabulous stars out there. But their careers feel light years away from ours, don’t they? Wouldn’t it be great to hear from the guy who just booked his first pilot? Or the kid finally doing a studio pic after a bunch of low budget indies? Or the woman who’s been a series regular a few times but is only now becoming a name? What about the guy who’s been on a show for years and you know his face but what’shisnameagain? Or that actress who is now a freakin’ showrunner???? How’d THEY do it, right? How did they transition from relative obscurity, bartending and bottle service, to buying that house in Brentwood? We’re producing “Kahnversations,” a podcast that provides access to THOSE people -- your immediate predecessors -- so that you can learn from them while their battle scars are still fresh.

In “Kahnversations,” our own Ryan Bailey interviews some of Lesly Kahn & Company’s working actors, directors, and writers in order to learn how they got started in Hollywood, the challenges and hurdles they faced, and how they overcame the odds. (They also dish out some crazy stories!) Listen in and enjoy as these entertainers speak candidly about their paths, processes, and experiences. You might even hear a bit about how Lesly and the Kahnstitute have influenced and shaped their careers.

Direct download: Richie_Keen_1.m4a
Category:Arts and Entertainment -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

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