So Sez Rick

So Sez Rick

Rick’s stories take audiences on a journey, from his days as a boy growing up on the farm, to working as an improvisor at The Second City in Chicago, to being an actor in Los Angeles. But you can’t take the farm out of the boy. He still owns a farm back in central Illinois, so Rick's a storyteller who worries about the price of grain! All of his stories are true… well, mostly true. “Rick Hall’s storytelling is spellbinding” – The New York Times... Show More

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February 26, 2021 17 min
We're making Valentine's day last a little longer into the month of February with a new story I wrote about how my mom and dad met. Then we end the episode with a love song that Laura wrote.
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February 11, 2021 21 min
This episode features my first guest storyteller, Fred Rubin. Fred has had a long career as a writer and producer on episodic TV shows including the show where we met, many years ago. In this episode, he tells us about the time they had a very special guest star on the hit show Different Strokes.
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January 28, 2021 17 min
Well, if you've ever wondered how I got the nickname -Pigboy-, here you go. Disclaimer: There are some basic details about working at a meat packing plant. It's not too graphic. You can handle it.
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January 14, 2021 26 min
In this episode Laura and I share a story and a song that speak to the times we are living in. Hopefully we can all find some middle ground to talk to each other. I have to say, I always knew Laura was a good songwriter but she sings the heck out of this song.
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December 31, 2020 32 min
I just finished recording the audiobook of Phil Swann’s The Mozart Conspiracy. The prologue was a hoot to record. I’d like to share it with you. Enjoy.
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December 17, 2020 19 min
Here’s the conclusion of the story we started last episode. I hope it puts you in the Christmas spirit. Enjoy.
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December 4, 2020 23 min
This episode is the first of a two part series. It’s a story I wrote a few years ago about a live nativity scene and pageant that goes off the rails on Christmas eve at a small Baptist church. Even though it’s a fictional story, the characters are drawn from the people I knew growing up in my small farming town.
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November 20, 2020 19 min
If you have ever wondered what a turkey is thinking around this time of year, you will find out in the episode as Rick reads The Turkey Memoirs.
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November 4, 2020
In this episode Laura and I tell a story together about how we met and fell in love. It takes two people to tell it!
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October 21, 2020 15 min
Here are the last two chapters from my audiobook recording of Slice of Pie. Plus, for the first time, we have a guest on the show. I talk with film director, Tim Reischauer about what it was like to shoot the movie version of Slice of Pie.
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October 6, 2020 15 min
Well, it’s time for the next chapter of Slice of Pie. If you didn’t catch chapters 1 and 2, you might want to take a few minutes and listen to Episode 11 first. FYI The conclusion of the story will be in episode 13.
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September 23, 2020 17 min
This episode goes back to the archives. We share the first two chapters from Rick’s CD, Slice of Pie. The movie, Slice of Pie was based on the CD version.
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September 8, 2020 13 min
In high school, I won an essay writing contest and got a trip to the state capital. If that wasn’t enough, I also ended up with a date to prom, a kiss while sitting on the bank of the Illinois River, and blue ribbon winning tomatoes.
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August 25, 2020 13 min
In high school my buddies and I would hang out at the church youth center playing bumper pool, drinking soda, and getting crazy… at least we thought we were wild. Laura helps set the record straight in this episode.
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August 11, 2020 13 min
I was working on my farm last week and have some sage advice about how to care for newborn calves. Plus, I get a little nostalgic about work boots. Yep, you heard me right, work boots.
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July 28, 2020 13 min
This is a story from my one-man show, “Pigboy”. We’ve all had wise, sage people who’ve helped shape our lives. Sometimes that person is not a traditionally recognized source of philosophical advice. For me, it was the driver of the dead animal truck that came to our farm… yep, he’s a real guy.
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July 14, 2020 12 min
This episode will introduce you to some of the basics of pig farming. My wife, Laura, is a city girl who will help clarify some of the more technical points of animal husbandry.
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July 1, 2020 12 min
Nobody can really prepare you for the changes your body will experience as you age. You can trust me to give you the facts. I’ve played a doctor on TV.
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June 16, 2020 16 min
In honor of my dad on Father’s day.
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June 3, 2020 17 min
A very funny story I told recently at the Story Salon in North Hollywood. It’s about the first time I got acupuncture. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong, including catching my back on fire. Yep, true story.
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