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The Widow Daredevil

A desperate 63 year old retired charm school teacher goes over Niagara falls in a barrel in an attempt to become a celebrity daredevil and reverse her fortunes...

  • Rich Talarico
    Key & Peele, MADtv, Saturday Night Live
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Writer Biography - Rich Talarico

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 “The Key & Peele Super Bowl Special”, “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,” plus “NBC New Year’s Eve Special” and “Red Nose Day.” Rich also produced and wrote “Frank TV” for TBS and “The Sketch Pad” for HBO. Rich served as an improv coach on the first “Anchorman” film and did punch-ups on “Mean Girls” and the Oscar-winning “Get Out.”
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 worked extensively 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 also studied with renowned writing teacher Robert McKee.
On camera, Rich has appeared in numerous 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 workshops in sketch comedy writing and long- form improvisation in Los Angeles and around the US. Rich plays chess and drums.

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In the mid 1980s, I grew up in Frankfort, NY, about 90 miles east of Auburn, NY where Annie Edson-Taylor grew up (in the mid 1800’s) . 90 miles west of Auburn, is Niagara Falls, NY. I visited the Falls on school trips where I first heard about Annie’s incredible story. This is an intergenerational comedy. On tone: if you turned the volume down, you might not know it was a comedy. The story takes place between 1897 and 1921. It’s a fun time period, I enjoyed dwelling in it and I think the audience will too. A wild ride based (mostly) on the incredible true story. – RT