Key & Peele’s Rich Talarico Performing at The Torch Theatre

Award-winning writer also teaching workshops in improv & sketch comedy



The Torch Theatre proudly presents Rich Talarico performing improv comedy with some of Arizona’s best improvisors on Friday, October 3rd & Saturday, October 4th at 4721 North Central Avenue in Phoenix. Talarico is best known as a writer & co-producer of the Comedy Central sketch show Key & Peele, which recently was nominated for four Emmys and received the prestigious Peabody Award last February.


In addition to having written & produced for Fox’s MADtv, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, TBS’s Frank TV, Comedy Central’s The Naked Trucker & T-Bones Show, and HBO’s The Sketch Pad, Rich Talarico is an accomplished and talented performer. Starting in 1992 with Stephen Colbert as his teacher at The Second City in Chicago, he went on to create & perform in a number of sketch revues on The Second City’s ETC stage and Mainstage. Currently, Talarico performs regularly with Dasariski and Quartet, both at iO West in Hollywood, and performs around the country in various improv & comedy festivals.


Rich Talarico will be performing with members of The Torch Theatre’s team of teachers & founders, The Foundation, in the four following shows:


The Trifecta, Friday, October 3rd at 8:30 PM. $10.

Talarico, Haldiman, & Shannon with Sam Haldiman and Shane Shannon (along with Torch founding troupe Light Rail Pirates and R-Madillo, a duo fresh from an appearance in last month’s Detroit Improv Festival).


Friday, October 3rd at 10 PM. $10.

Talarico, Arend, Duncan, & Hanlon with Jacque Arend, Mack Duncan, and Stacey Hanlon.


Saturday, October 4th at 8:30 PM. $10.

The Neighborhood with guest monologist Rich Talarico,


Saturday, October 4th at 10 PM. $10. 

Talarico, Binder, Gonzalez, & Miller with Bill Binder, Jose Gonzalez, and Nina Miller.


We recommend you purchase your tickets in advance online here. If the box below is not loading please visit our market place. You can call (602-456-2876) the day of the event after 5:00pm to make reservations if the online sales are sold out. If you have any trouble purchasing your tickets – please contact us.


Additionally, Rich Talarico will be teaching two single-day workshops in improv and one two-day workshop in sketch writing. For more information, interested parties can visit The Torch Theatre’s website.

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