BIO

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.”

UPCOMING SHOWS

Places you can see me perform improv with Dasariski, stand-up and sketch comedy will be listed here:
Dasariski ft. Stephnie Weir Austin, TX
Out Of Bounds Festival L to R, Bob Dassie, Stephnie Weir, Rich Talarico, Craig Cackowski
THIRD COAST COMEDY CLUB - March 9, 2023

(MORE UPCOMING SHOW LINKS TO COME)

COMEDY WRITING AND IMPROV CLASSES

SKETCH COMEDY WRITING CLASSES

Sketch Writing Workshop, Toronto, CA
Rich shares insights and techniques from his 30 years experience in comedy and late-night TV (SNL, MADtv, Key & Peele, The Tonight Show) and from having co-written five resident company shows for Second City in Chicago. Rich has taught comedy writing at UCBLA, Magnet Theatre NYC, and Second City. Students will learn comedy essentials: joke writing, brainstorming and pitching, story structure, and more…

UPCOMING SKETCH COMEDY & WRITING CLASSES

(SKETCH COMEDY AND WRITING CLASS LINKS TO COME)

"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. . . I have never had a sketch class that helps people so much with how to think about comedy. 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

LONG-FORM IMPROV CLASSES

Rich and students at Spitfire Comedy, St. Pete’s, Florida
Join Rich Talarico, a 30-year improv vet and alumnus of Dasariski, Chicago’s Second City, and Improv Olympic, as he leads workshops and private group coaching that will leave you and your team with many tools to create organic characters and worlds instantly.

UPCOMING LONG-FORM IMPROVISATION CLASSES

(LONG-FORM IMPROVISATION CLASS LINKS TO COME)

“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” – Played by Dixie Perkinson. Meet Patty, the receptionist; she is either flirting with customers, or in the break room.

Geek Eyewear - The Genius

“The Genius.” Played by Eric Ludwig. Every company has one… “The Genius” — they never stop churning out ideas and never stop talking.

Geek Eyewear - The Boss

“The Boss.” Played by Mike Ludwig. The Boss speaks to the people.

“The Flame” Lyric Video

Course “The Flame” Lyric Video

The Bank Manager (Demo)

The Bank Manager – Short Series Demo by Rich Talarico

DUMASS SPOT - RT ACTING DEMO

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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