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Writer / Producer / Actor / Comedian / Improviser / Teacher


Rich Talarico is a Peabody® Award winner who boasts four Emmy® nominations, and four Writers Guild Award noms.

Rich is an established writer/producer best known for his work on Key & Peele. Rich wrote K&P favorites Substitute Teacher, Racist Zombies, Karim and Jahar, Hatz, Teaching Center, Obama Greets, Black Ice and many more. Rich wrote and produced on shows like MADtv, The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, and the critically acclaimed, Review.

Rich took his first improv class from Stephen Colbert at Chicago’s Second City. Rich 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 and instructor at Improv Olympic (Now iO) under the direction of Charna Halpern and the late, Del Close. Rich played on the Improv Olympic house teams “Mr. Blonde” and “Faulty Wiring” – co-created long-form improv shows like “Strap Heads,” “Trio,” “Close Quarters,” and “Dasariski.”

Rich has appeared on-camera on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, MADtv, the feature film High Fidelity, and A&W Root Beer’s classic TV ad, “Mr. Dumass.” Rich provided punch up and consulting work on the feature films Mean Girls and Get Out. Talarico’s extensive experience in the comedy industry has made him a sought-after teacher, writer and consultant.


“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”


February 17 - 18
Stomping Ground Comedy Theater - Comedy Writing/Improv Masterclass Weekend
Dallas, TX
February 22
Flying Squid Comedy - Comedy Writing Class
Athens, GA
February 23
Le Chat Noir - Comedy Writing Class
Augusta, GA
February 23
Le Chat Noir - Improv Class
Augusta, GA
February 28 - April 3
Inside The Writers' Room (Wednesdays 7-10 Eastern)
6-Week Online Class
March 7 - 21
Crossroads Comedy Theater - Comedy Writing Crash Course
3-Week Online Class
March 9
Bob Carter's Actor's Workshop - Intro To Comedy Writing Class
West Palm Beach, FL
March 10
Bob Carter's Actor's Workshop - Get Out Of Your Head - Long-Form Improv Class
West Palm Beach, FL
March 11 - 25
Anubis Improv - Comedy Writing Crash Course
3-Week Online Class
March 16 - 17
First Coast Comedy Theater - Comedy Writing Masterclass Weekend
Jacksonville, FL
March 19 - April 2
Coalition Theater - Comedy Writing Crash Course
3-Week Online Class
March 24
The Chattery - Intro to Comedy Writing
Chattanooga, TN
March 24
The Chattery - Well Begun is Half Done: The Art of Initiations & Gifting in Improv
Chattanooga, TN
April 12
Reflex Improv - Improv 101
Dulles/Ashburn, VA
April 13
Reflex Improv - One Day Long-Form Improv Masterclass
Falls Church, VA
April 14
Reflex Improv - One Day Long-Form Improv Masterclass
Annapolis, MD

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