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” on 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. Back in the 1900s 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. 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 the long running “Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny.” Rich has appeared in a few TV commercials, most notably A&W Rootbeer’s “Mr. Dumass”. Rich also appeared in small roles on “Review”, “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”, “Early Edition”, “What About Joan?” and the feature film “High Fidelity”. More at richtalarico.com.
Bob is originally from Chicago where he has studied with many improv luminaries such as Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and Del Close. He has performed and taught improv all over the world, from New York to Los Angeles, from Singapore to Scotland. Over the years he has been involved with several influential groups including the improvised musical Baby Wants Candy, The Armando Show and WeirDass. He currently performs with Dasariski and Quartet at the IOWest in Los Angeles and has appeared in the fully-improvised play, Stolen House, which premiered in Chicago and recently had a limited run in New York. Bob has appeared on various screen sizes in shows such as HBO's Funny or Die Presents: The Carpet Brothers (alongside Tim Meadows and Will Ferrell), NBC's Community, Comedy Central’s Review, FX’s The Comedians, IFC’s The Spoils of Babylon (opposite Tobey Maguire) and again with Will Ferrell in “Casa de mi Padre” where you may have seen Bob as a heavily wigged, mustachioed musical marauder of sorts. He has also written for Adult Swim’s only satanic dog show Mr. Pickles, the current reboot of the Bugs Bunny cartoon, Wabbit, and alongside his lovely wife in the web series, WeirDass: Eleven Year Itch.
Craig Cackowski hails from the great state of Virgina, the Mother of Presidents, where he attended the venerable College of William and Mary. He first began improvising as a member of W. & M.'s troupe I.T., and moved to Chicago with a B.A. in Theatre, and an intent to become a serious actor. That quest was sidetracked after his first improv class with Charna Halpern at the Improv Olympic, and forever abandoned after studying for a year with the great Del Close, the guru of longform improv comedy. It was at iO Chicago that Craig first met and worked with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico, in various groups and teams, including Mr. Blonde, Faulty Wiring, Baby Wants Candy, Close Quarters and The Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny. Craig coached many teams in Chicago, including the long-running Frank Booth, and directed such shows as JTS Brown. Craig has taught for iO Chicago and iO West since 1995, and is the three-time winner of the Del Close Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Craig also worked as an actor for The Second City in Chicago, touring the country (and Austria) with the National Touring Company, and appearing in and co-writing five revues on their Equity stages, including History Repaints Itself, Slaughterhouse 5, Cattle 0, and the Jeff-nominated The Revelation Will Not Be Televised. Craig has also worked as a director and teacher for Second City (currently on the staff of Second City LA) and sailed the high seas as a SC cast member on the Norwegian Gem.
Since arriving in Los Angeles in 2002, Craig has appeared on television in Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiam, and three (so far!) episodes of Community. He has also been in numerous short films, commercials YouTube sketches, and Mike White's critically acclaimed Year Of The Dog, starring Molly Shannon.
In addition to his work with Dasariski, Craig may be seen around town in such shows as The Armando Show, My First Time With Cacky (both at iO West), North Wells Chowder Society (Second City) and ASSSSCAT (UCB Theater).
Cook County Social Club is a critically acclaimed improv group originally from Chicago where they held an open run for seven years at the world famous iO Chicago.
Members' credits include: Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, the Onion, Second City, Upright Citizen's Brigade, iO Theatre, and the Improvised Shakespeare Company, among others. They have been featured in festivals all over the country like the Chicago Improv Festival, Moontower Comedy Festival, TBS's Just For Laughs, and Piccolo Spoleto.
They currently perform at the iO West and UCB theaters in Los Angeles.
Craig Uhlir is a product of the Chicagoland Area. After completing his training at Second City, iO (formerly improvOlympic), and the Annoyance back in the 90's, Craig began playing with Harold teams Deep Schwa and Vahalla. He also played at ComedySportz Chicago for 4 years, toured with the Second City National Touring Company, and played in Second City Las Vegas for 3 years. He has been teaching for over 15 years at iO and Second City in Chicago and performs regularly in Search Engine, ALL CAPS, and still Deep Schwa at iO. Look online for Middle Age Comeback, his two man show with Jim Carlson.