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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

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

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United States

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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

Language:

English


Episodes

Preacher Story

1/14/2021
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.

Duration:00:26:23

The Mozart Conspiracy Prologue

12/31/2020
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.

Duration:00:32:16

Oh Holy Night part II

12/17/2020
Here’s the conclusion of the story we started last episode. I hope it puts you in the Christmas spirit. Enjoy.

Duration:00:19:05

Oh Holy Night

12/4/2020
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.

Duration:00:23:19

The Turkey Memoirs

11/20/2020
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.

Duration:00:19:56

Right Place, Right Time

11/4/2020
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.

Duration:00:22:23

Another Slice of Pie

10/7/2020
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.

Duration:00:15:48

Slice of Pie

9/24/2020
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.

Duration:00:17:38

Best Garden in Town

9/9/2020
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.

Duration:00:24:05

My Mild Summer Nights

8/26/2020
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.

Duration:00:16:05

Red Wing Boots

8/12/2020
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.

Duration:00:21:22

Roger Snout Tucker

7/29/2020
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.

Duration:00:13:34

Farming 101

7/15/2020
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.

Duration:00:10:04

Hello Prostate

7/2/2020
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.

Duration:00:12:39

I Don’t Know What Heaven’s Like

6/17/2020
In honor of my dad on Father’s day.

Duration:00:16:12

Topanga Acupuncture

6/4/2020
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.

Duration:00:17:38

Water on the Dance Floor

5/22/2020
When you’re a dad to a couple of teenage girls, everything you do is embarrassing. You can’t win. But every now and then, you can be their hero.

Duration:00:14:55

Gastrointestinal Superhero

5/6/2020
My mom grew up during the depression so she learned to never throw out any food. No matter how old or moldy it was, she could resuscitate it and feed it to our family. She used to say Go ahead and eat it. It won't kill you. And she was right, I have eaten some amazing things in my lifetime and it has not killed me.

Duration:00:15:41