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 where he wrote K&P favorites Substitute Teacher, Racist Zombies, Karim and Jahar, Hatz, Teaching Center, Obama Greets, Black Ice and many more.
Rich worked over 20 years in Hollywood where he wrote and produced on some of the biggest shows in late-night comedy; MADtv, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Saturday Night Live, and the critically acclaimed, Review. Rich is an alum of Chicago’s Second City Comedy Theater and a long-time teacher and performer at The Improv Olympic (iO) in both Chicago and Los Angeles.
As an actor, Rich has appeared in featured roles on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, MADtv, the feature film High Fidelity and numerous commercials including A&W Root Beer’s classic ad, “Mr. Dumass.” Talarico’s extensive experience in the comedy industry has made him a highly sough-after teacher, writer and consultant, and he continues to help shape what it means to be funny. Rich is currently based in Nashville, TN where he is performing stand-up comedy.