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Rich is a Peabody® Award-winning writer/producer with four Emmy® and four WGA Award nominations, best known for his work on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele. He wrote Substitute Teacher (“…Ay-ay-Ron?”), which in 2024, was added to The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum Of American History. Rich also wrote Racist Zombies, Karim and Jahar, Hatz, Teaching Center, Obama Greets, Black Ice, and many more. Other TV credits include: MADtv, The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, HBO’s The Sketch Pad, and Comedy Central’s critically-acclaimed Review. An alum of Chicago’s The Second City and Improv Olympic, he’s also provided punch-up work on the films Mean Girls and Get Out. Rich’s latest screenplay The Widow Daredevil was an Official Selection of the 2020 Beverly Hills Film Festival.

Rich took his first improv class from Stephen Colbert at Chicago’s The Second City in 1992. He went on to tour with SC’s National Touring Company and later co-created five original sketch comedy revues with SC’s Etc., and Main Stage Companies. While in Chicago, Rich was a performer, director, coach and teacher at Improv Olympic (Now iO) under the direction of Charna Halpern and the late Del Close. Rich was in early casts of Chicago’s longest-running improv show: The Armando Diaz Experience. He co-starred in Jeff Richmond and Michael Thomas’ Hamlet! The Musical, and alongside T.J. Shanoff, Rich co-created and starred in the hit parody, The Roof Is On Fiddler. Talarico played on iO house teams, Mr. Blonde and Faulty Wiring and co-created long-form improv shows Close Quarters, Trio, and Dasariski.

As an actor, Rich has appeared on screen on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, MADtv, the feature film High Fidelity, and in A&W Root Beer’s classic TV ad, Mr. Dumass. Talarico’s extensive experience in the comedy industry has made him a sought-after teacher, writer, coach and consultant.

Currently, Rich is teaching and performing improvisation and stand-up comedy around the US. He recently headlined the Oops All Headliners show in Austin, TX, headlined at the Frog Rock Brewery in Austell, GA and performed featured sets at Nashville’s famed Bowery Vault, Scruffy City Hall in Knoxville, TN and headlined at the historic Uptown Theater in Utica, NY. 

“Rich Talarico is one of the all time great Caucasian Improvisers.”

— Tina Fey

“As a teacher, Rich brings Lakers legendary coach Phil Jackson to mind—a cerebral educator who brings out the best in people.”

— Keith “Lucky” Lehrer original drummer of “Circle Jerks”



May 22
Imposters Theater - Initiations & Gifting: An Improv Workshop
Cleveland, OH
May 23
Imposters Theater - Comedy Writing Workshop
Cleveland, OH
May 28
Improv Cincinnati - Scene Work Tune Up Improv Class
Cincinnati, OH
May 29
Improv Cincinnati - Improv To Sketch Improv Class
Cincinnati, OH
May 30 - July 11
Third Space / St. Augustine, FL - 6 week Writing Workshop
Online Class
June 1
Hashtag Comedy - Long Form Intensive
Columbus, OH
June 2
Hashtag Comedy - Comedy Writing Intensive
Columbus, OH
June 8
Go Comedy - One Day Longform Improv Masterclass
Detroit, MI
June 4 - 18
This Is Improv Presents - 3-Week Intro To Comedy Writing
Online Class

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