Richie Keen 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, The Comedians for FX, and multiple episodes of the new Netflix comedy Disjointed from Chuck Lorre starring Kathy Bates as the owner of 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. 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 Aim High, 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 Danielsand The Tannenbaums.
Currently, Richie is writing, directing and starring in the pilot, Throuple, for NBC and is also attached to direct the feature Partners, starring Mark Wahlberg, for New Line Cinema.