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Richard Ross is not your ordinary comedy juggler.

Using a combination of awe inspiring feats and phenomenal comic expertise, he does things with pogo sticks, ping pong balls, balance boards, forks, mousetraps, knives, and fire torches that will leave you breathless, laughing and wanting more. Rich is so good that The Smothers Brothers said that "Mom would have liked him best".

Cutting his teeth on the San Francisco street performing scene, Richard quickly moved on to bigger things. He's performed at comedy clubs, colleges, Disneyland and Folsom State Prison. He's opened for superstars like John "Cougar" Mellencamp, Charlie Daniels and Weird Al. He has performed for corporate giants like Microsoft, Dryer's Ice Cream and the National Hockey League. Rich also appeared on the nationally syndicated Children's Miracle Network Telethon, Good Morning America and is featured in Primus' Mr. Krinkle video on MTV.

Richard Ross and Scott Meltzer formed Monkey Wrench - the comedy explosion! in 1991. Together they have performed all over the country at dozens of colleges and comedy clubs and performed literally thousands of shows together. Now as part of Comedy Industries, Richard is one of the most energetic performers you will ever see.

Richard performs/directs/teaches classes acting and improvisation with Bay Area TheatreSports in San Francisco. He has also performed improv with Fratelli Bailing and True Fiction Magazine. He is also a founding member of Start Trekkin' - an improvised parody of the original Star Trek universe. In his spare time he blows glass. No, really, he does. Check his stuff out at the Atomic Glass website.


Custom Script Writing

Richard can write and perform a custom script to fit any event from Trade Show presentations and Custom tailored Sales meetings to private parties and after dinner shows.

Corporate Presenting

Richard has presented product information at too many trade shows to count. He has also presented internal company messages at sales meetings, breakout sessions and product launchings.


Everything that Richard has excelled at he has eventually taught: Juggling, Comedy, Physical Comedy, Glass Blowing, Improvisation, Desk Top Publishing, Reptile Husbandry, Public Presentation, and Team Building.


Balls, clubs, rings, battle axes, knives, fire torches, battery operated hedge clippers, mouse traps, cigar boxes, shaker cups, beach balls, devil sticks, diablo, bounce juggling, and more.

Comedy Writing

Richard has been writing comedy for 10 years, performed comedy for 10 years and been asked to teach comedy workshops at International Juggling festivals.


Richard is a member of Bay Area TheatreSports where he teaches classes, performs, directs, and produces improvisational theater. He is also active in other improv groups like The Traveler's, and Start Trekkin' - an improvised parody of the original Star Trek Universe.

Emcee Work

Richard can host any event in a friendly, easygoing, open manner. He is highly flexible and will keep the show going and entertaining.

Balance Skills

Balance Board, Rope Walking, Pogo Stick, Stilt walking, Unicycle

Bizarre Skills

Straight Jacket escape, Ping Pong Ball spitting, Fire eating, Standing balancing, While balanced on a 5 foot balance board Richard drops a fork from his mouth into the mouth of a teammate while said teammate is lying on their back...

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"Mom would have liked Rich best"

The Smothers Brothers

"If I would have bought them a half hour of Network TV time, I would have won"

Ross Perot

"I've got to follow you?!?"

Weird Al

"Lunch was good"

Charlie Daniels

"They must eat silly putty for breakfast because they are so darn funny"

Rich Little

"Y'all good"

Tanya Tucker

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Opening Act For

The Smothers Brothers, Beach Blanket Babylon, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Drifters, Tanya Tucker, Sawyer Brown, John "Cougar" Mellencamp, Weird Al...


Good Morning America - ABC, Fox Kids Club - FOX, Children's Miracle Network Telethon - Nationally Syndicated, Music Video: Primus/Mr. Krinkle - MTV...

Comedy Clubs

Cobbs' Comedy Club - San Francisco, CA, Comedy Circuit - Salt Lake City, UT, The Metro - Sacramento, CA...

Corporate Clients

Amdahl, Apple, Bay Networks, Clorox, Compaq, Digital, Dryer's Grand Ice Cream, Fireman's Fund, France Telecom, Fujitsu, Fuji-Xerox, FutureSoft, Hoffman Brown, IBM, Lawyers Mutual, Legget & Platt, Marriott Lodging, Microsoft, National Hockey League, Network General, Oracle, Seagate, Segate Software, Sun Microsystems, Xerox...

Trade Shows & Industry Expositions

American Hospital Association, ASIS, COMDEX, CSI, Client/ServerWorld, DBExpo, DBWorld, DECUS, DAC, ECC, GTC, HDI, IGA, Networld + InterOP, National Television and Cable Association, , ObjectWorld, Seybold, SunWorld, Uniforum, UnixReseller, UNIXExpo, Western Cable Show...


Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Fresno State University, Hayward State University, Navajo Community College, San Francisco State University, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Davis, University of California at San Francisco, Utah State College, Weaver State College, Yava Pi University...


TheatreSports: San Francisco, CA, Ventura, CA, Edmonton, Alberta, Calgary, Alberta, Micetro: San Francisco, CA, Ventura, CA; Gorilla Theatre - with Fratelli Bailing , San Francisco, CA; Start Trekkin - an Improvised Parody of the original Star Trek Universe, The Travelers- San Francisco, CA...


Alameda County, California State, Cloverdale Citrus, Edmonton's Klondike Days, Gold Country, Los Angeles County, Oklahoma State, Orange County, Regina Buffalo Days, San Mateo County, Sonoma-Marin, Santa Clara County, Shasta Trinity, Siskiyou Golden, Sonoma Marin County, Stanislaus County, Utah State...


Harrah's Casino Hotel - Lake Tahoe, NV...

Shopping Malls

Pier 39 - San Francisco, CA, The Cannery - San Francisco, CA, Ghiradelli Square - San Francisco, CA, 280 Metro Center - Daily City, CA, The Anchorage - San Francisco, CA, Universal Citywalk - Universal City, CA...


Paramount Theater - Oakland, CA, Fox Warfield Theater - San Francisco, CA, Concord Pavilion - Concord, CA, Kimball's East - Emeryville, CA...

Theme Parks

Universal Studios Hollywood - Hollywood, CA, Disneyland - Anaheim, CA...


Folsom State - Folsom, CA, San Quentin - Marin, CA, Vacaville State Prison - Vacaville, CA...

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