Rich Talarico

Rich Talarico

Rich Talarico is a guest instructor at the DSI Comedy Theater

Rich Talarico is a Peabody Award winning writer and co-producer for Comedy Central’s smash hit, Key & Peele. Previously, Rich has written/produced FOX’s Mad TV, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno, Frank TV for TBS & The Sketch Pad for HBO. Rich hails from Chicago’s Second City theater where he studied with Stephen Colbert and went on to create five resident company reviews. Also, in Chicago Rich worked with Charna Halpern and Del Close at Improv Olympic, Chicago. There he played on the house teams “Mr. Blonde” and "Faulty Wiring” and played with the long running “Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny.” Rich also co-created the long-form shows “Strap Heads” “Trio” “Close Quarters” and “ Dasariski” whom with, Rich currently performs every Tuesday night at iO West.

Rich has directed several short films and webseries as well as branded content for brands like Geek Eyewear and Miller Brewing Company. As an actor, Rich has appeared in dozens of 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. More at www.richtalarico.com