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 also wrote and produced on shows like MADtv, Review, Saturday Night Live, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Rich is an alum of Chicago’s Second City and has appeared on The Sketch Pad for HBO and in featured roles on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, MADtv, the feature film High Fidelity and numerous TV commercials including A&W Root Beer’s classic ad, “Mr. Dumass.”
While in Chicago, Rich played on Improv Olympic, (iO) house teams, co-created shows like, Trio, Close Quarters, Dasariski, and Strap Heads. Rich performed with early casts of Chicago’s longest-running improv show: The Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny.
Rich’s feature script, The Widow Daredevil, was named an official selection of the 2020 Beverly Hills Film Festival. Currently, Rich is volunteering with the Writers Guild Foundation and guest-teaching and performing at Third Coast Comedy Club, Nashville, TN.



"I seriously don't think I've had the chance to absorb that much good content in a small amount of time ever...even in college!"

— Jessica ChristopherStudent

“I learned more about sketch writing in this class than any other class I’ve taken in the past."

— Mirejah CruzStudent

"Rich knows how to write sketches, that much is obvious. But it was clear that he loves helping people get better, too. Don't wait to find a better sketch class. It might not come along."

— Tim MarksThe KC Improv Company & Co-Founder of Fountain City Sketch Company

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

— Tina Fey

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

— Keith "Lucky” LehrerOriginal drummer of “Circle Jerks”

“Rich is the embodiment of good improv: positive, giving, and genuine.”

— Colin ThorntonCo-founder, Improv Cincinnati

“Rich’s workshop is considered a ‘must take’ at any festival he attends.”

— Chris MoodyProducer, Detroit Improv Festival




Rich Talarico writer | Key & Peele

This 3 min video features just a few of the highlights of Rich Talarico’s
writing for the Emmy-winning Key & Peele show.

Geek Eyewear - The Receptionist

“The Receptionist” – Directed and Edited by Rich Talarico

Geek Eyewear - The Genius

“The Genius” – Directed and Edited by Rich Talarico

Geek Eyewear - The Boss

“The Boss” – Directed and Edited by Rich Talarico

“The Flame” Lyric Video

Shot, Directed and Edited by Rich Talarico

The Bank Manager (Demo)

Series Demo by Rich Talarico


Thick-Headed campaign for A&W Rootbeer. “Mr. Dumass”

Death of a Cell Phone

Karen’s cell phone has died.

First Class Turbulence

The one time I upgrade to first class and it’s bumpy.

Confessions of a Time Waster

Confessions of a Time-Waster
Written & Performed By Craig Cackowski. Directed By Rich Talarico.

Liars Get The Sauce

These people think they’re actually eating gourmet chicken wings.

Sylmar the Genie (NSFW)

Owen finds a magic lamp and releases a Genie granting three wishes.


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