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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”



June 8
Go Comedy - One Day Longform Improv Masterclass
Detroit, MI
June 9
Hear Say Brewing & Theater - Writing Master Class
Ann Arbor, MI
July 6 - 7
Improv Shop - Writing & Improv Weekend Master Classes
St. Louis, MO
July 16
Clash On Clark - Discovering Initiations and Expanding Narrative - Long-Form Improv Class
Chicago, IL
July 18
The Revival Theater - DUOS - 2-Man Long-Form Improv - Ed Furman & Rich Talarico
Chicago, IL
July 20
Acting Studio Chicago - Comedy Writing For Actors - One Day Class
Chicago, IL
July 20
Lincoln Lodge - Werk - Chicago’s Premiere Queer Comedy Show (Stand-Up)
Chicago, IL
July 21
Acting Studio Chicago - Get Out Of Your Head - POV Long-Form Improv Class
Chicago, IL
July 22 - August 26
Inside The Writers Room - 6-week Online Class
Online (Zoom)

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