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: Time.com/3757817/key-peele-substitute-teacher-movie/
In addition to “Key & Peele”, Rich has written/produced “Review” on Comedy Central, FOX’s “Mad TV,” NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno”, and the 2-hour TV Special- “Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows.” Rich also produced and wrote “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 a writer on the pilots for “Yo! Is This Racist?” on Mtv, “The Biggest Laugh” on FOX and was director and co-writer of “CC SOCIAL SCENE” a sketch/improv series for Comedy Central Digital hosted by Paul Scheer. 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.
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.
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
BOOKING CLASS INFO:
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.
RT Sketch Writing, Toronto
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 OrleansArtistic 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 RhodesImprov 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 HalaszImprov 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 ChristopherWriting Student
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