About Rich

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Rich Talarico is an Emmy nominated, American Comedy Award 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.

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, co-produced The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show for Comedy Central & “The Sketch Pad” for HBO.

IMG_1321Key & 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 recently directed “CC Social Scene” a 6 mini-episode sketch and improv summer series for Comedy Central Digital, hosted by Paul Scheer.

Barak Hardley, Lilan Bowden Jacob Womack, Paul Scheer, H. Michael Croner, Lee Newton, Jeff Sloniker.

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.

Psychopath SC

Second City, 1999 – TJ Jagodowski, Stephnie Weir, Rich Talarico, Susan Messing, Kevin Dorff, Tami Sagher.


                                       Second City, 2001 – Craig Cackowski, Rich Talarico, Ed Furman.

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”.




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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