Rich Talarico is an Emmy nominated and Peabody Award winning writer and co-producer for Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele.” Additionally, Rich serves as a staff writer for “Review with Forrest MacNeil” also on Comedy Central. Rich is currently directing “CC Social Scene” a 6 mini-episode sketch and improv series for Comedy Central Digital, hosted by Paul Scheer. 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.
Key & Peele Writers – Rich Talarico, Ian Roberts, Jordan Peele, Rebecca Drysdale, Alex Rubens, Phil Jackson, Keegan Michael Key, Charlie Sanders, Colton Dunn. (not pictured Jay Martel) Photo By Peter Atencio.
Rich took his first improv class from Stephen Colbert at Chicago’s Second City Theater in 1992. Rich 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.
Second City, 1999 – TJ Jagodowski, Stephnie Weir, Rich Talarico, Susan Messing, Kevin Dorff, Tami Sagher.
While in Chicago, Rich was involved at Improv Olympic, Chicago (Now iO) under the direction of Charna Halpern and the late, Del Close. Rich played on many house teams 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
Rich was on the house teams “Mr. Blonde” and “Faulty Wiring.” Co-created the long-form improv shows “Strap Heads”, “Trio”, “Close Quarters” and “Dasariski.” Also at Improv Olympic, Rich appeared in the scripted shows “Hamlet The Musical” and “The Roof is on Fiddler.”
MR. BLONDE – 1993
Rich has appeared in several TV commercials, most notably A&W Rootbeer’s “Mr. Dumass”. Rich also appeared in small roles on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”, “Early Edition”, “What About Joan?” and the feature film “High Fidelity”.
DASARISKI – BOB DASSIE, RICH TALARICO, CRAIG CACKOWSKI
Rich can be seen performing long-form improv every Tuesday Night at the iO WEST Theater in Hollywood at 10:30pm and at improv and comedy festivals all over with Bob Dassie and Craig Cackowski in “Dasariski“.
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