Rich Talarico is an Emmy nominated and Peabody Award winning writer and producer best known
for his work on Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele.“ Additionally, Rich has written/produced
“Review” for 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 took his first improv class from Stephen Colbert at Chicago’s Second City Theater back in
the 1900s. 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. 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“ and played with the early casts of Chicago’s longest running improv show: “The
Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny.”
Rich has appeared in a number of TV commercials, most notably A&W Rootbeer’s “Mr. Dumass.”
Rich also appeared in small roles on “Review”, “SNL”, “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”, “Early
Edition”, “What About Joan?” and the feature film “High Fidelity”. Rich runs comedy writing and
improv comedy work-shops in Los Angels and around the US.


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