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Rich Talarico is an Emmy nominated, American Comedy Award Nominated, WGA Nominated and Peabody Award winning writer and producer best known for his work on  Comedy Central’s hit sketch show “Key & Peele.


K&P Writers  – Rich Talarico, Ian Roberts, Jordan Peele, Rebecca Drysdale, Alex Rubens, Phil Jackson, Keegan-Michael Key, Charlie Sanders, Colton Dunn. (pic by Peter Atencio – not pictured Jay Martel)

Rich is currently co-writing the script for a new Key & Peele feature “Substitute Teacher” for Paramount/ 21 Laps. Based on the sketch from season 2: http://time.com/3757817/key-peele-substitute-teacher-movie/

Recently, Rich produced and co-wrote projects such as: “Yo! Is This Racist?” for MTV, The “NBC New Year’s Eve Special 2016.” Starring Carson Daly. An NBC Tribute to Jim Burrows– “Must See TV: A Tribute To Jim Burrows”


The Biggest Laugh” starring Tim Meadows and Kevin Nealon – for FOX and the Emmy Nominated Key & Peele Super Bowl Special. You may have also seen Rich’s writing work (and a glimpse of acting) on Season 2 of Andy Daly’s superb Review from Comedy Central.



Andy Daly, Rich Talarico in a scene from S2 of “Review” on Comedy Central.


Previously, Rich has written/produced FOX’s “Mad TV,” NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” NBC’s “The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno”,  “Frank TV for TBS, “The Sketch Pad” for HBO and co-produced The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show for Comedy Central. Rich also served as director and co-writer of “CC SOCIAL SCENE” a sketch/improv series for Comedy Central Digital hosted by Paul Scheer.

BACK IN THE 1900s 

Rich took his first improv class from Stephen Colbert at Chicago’s Second City Theater in 1992; went on to tour with Second City’s National Touring Company and later co-created five original sketch comedy revues with SC’s etc., and Main Stage Companies.

Psychopath SC

SC, 1999 – TJ Jagodowski, Stephnie Weir, RT, Susan Messing, Kevin Dorff, Tami Sagher

While in Chicago, Rich was also involved at Improv Olympic (Now iO) under the direction of Charna Halpern and the late, Del Close. Rich played on the Improv Olympic house teams “Mr. Blonde” and “Faulty Wiring” – co-created the long-form improv shows “Strap Heads”“Trio”“Close Quarters” and Dasariski – appeared in the scripted shows “Hamlet The Musical” and co-wrote, directed and starred in “The Roof is on Fiddler.” Rich understudied “The Family,” did shows with the UCB and played with the early casts of the long running Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny.”


Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny – 1995


Mr. Blonde – Chicago, 1993


Rich has appeared in several TV commercials, most notably A&W Rootbeer’s “Mr. Dumass”Rich also appeared in small roles on “Review”“Late Night With Conan O’Brien”, “Early Edition”“What About Joan?” and the feature film “High Fidelity”.


Dasariski – Bob Dassie, Rich Talarico, Craig Cackowski (Photo by K. McShane)

Rich performs long-form improv at the iO WEST Theater in Hollywood and at improv and comedy festivals all over with Bob Dassie and Craig Cackowski in “Dasariski“.


RT Sketch Writing, Toronto


Rich teaches classes in both Improv and Sketch Comedy Writing. Rich has led improv and writing workshops in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Dallas, Detroit, Boston, Phoenix, Austin, Toronto, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Chapel Hill, St. Louis, Chicago, Los Angeles & NYC. Contact Rich to bring him to your theater or festival or troupe. Rich is also available for improv coaching.



“Rich’s workshop was the first to sell out at this year’s festival and is considered a ‘must take’ at any festival he attends.”

– Chris Moody  Producer Detroit Improv Festival  

“Rich Talarico is one of the funniest and most inspiring human beings on the planet.  As a teacher, his techniques and insights help you to become the best improviser you can be, in a very calm, cool and collected way.”

– Kevin Patrick Robbins  Artistic Director  Impatient Theater Co., Toronto  

“The patience and clarity that Rich Talarico brings to his teaching, makes you feel safe and supported, freeing you to develop as an improviser.”

— Woody Drennan  Owner/Creative Director  Unplanned Comedy, Pittsburgh   

“Rich was inspiring and the students hung on his every word.”

– Yvonne Landry Artistic Director La Nuit Theater – New Orleans

“Rich is one of those rare people who not only loves to teach, but also wants to learn from his students.  His passion and respect for improv as an ever-evolving art form is infectious.  Also, he’s a shitload of fun.”

– Amy Rhodes,  Improv Student

“After many years of studying and performing improv, Rich’s class was the one that really cleared up my approach to scenework.  I left his class feeling confident and having many tools at my disposal to instantly create stronger scenes.  The surprising thing is how very simple these ideas are.”

– Steve Halasz, Improv Student

“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 Christopher – Writing Student

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