Rich Talarico writer, producer, actor, director, improviser and teacher.


Rich Talarico is a Peabody Award winning and four-time Emmy nominated writer and producer best known for his work on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele. Rich has also written/produced shows like Review for Comedy Central, MADtvSaturday Night Live, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Rich produced and co-wrote Frank TV for TBS and was a writer/performer on The Sketch Pad for HBO.
Rich studied at Chicago’s Second City and then went on the road with Second City’s National Touring Company. He later co-created five original sketch comedy revues with Second City’s Resident Etc. and Main Stage Companies. While in Chicago, Rich played on Improv Olympic, (iO) house teams, co-created several shows, Trio, Dasariski, Strap Heads, and performed with early casts of Chicago’s longest-running improv show: “The Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny”.
Rich’s most recent feature film script, The Widow Daredevil, was named an official selection of the 2020 Beverly Hills Film Festival. Rich has appeared in featured roles on MADtvLate Night with Conan O’Brien and the feature film, High Fidelity. Rich has appeared in several TV commercials, most notably A&W Rootbeer’s “Mr. Dumass.”