About Rich

RT bioRich 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 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)

Currently, Rich is co-writing the script of the new Key & Peele feature film “Substitute Teacher” for Paramount/ 21 Laps. Based on the hit sketch from Key and Peele Season 2:


Rich recently produced and co-wrote the Key & Peele Super Bowl Special


And, coming up in 2015, you can see Rich’s writing work (and perhaps a glimpse of acting) on Season 2 of “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, “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.


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 “The Roof is on Fiddler.” 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 “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)


Dasariski at iO West.

Rich can be seen performing 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“.


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.


Sketch Writing Workshop – Toronto, CA



“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 – Owner & Founder 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, 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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