Rik grew up in Kentucky working on tobacco farms with his father. When the crop was in the barn, he would moonlight working with Thoroughbreds on some of the most beautiful land in the world. Whether in the field, on a tractor, or working out the horses, the rural way of living has always been in his blood.
After graduating from Bethany College in West Virginia, he worked for Simon & Schuster publishing company. But the cubicle life was not for this country boy. He has now been performing for over 24 years. At last count, he had taken stage over 5600 times, including 45 states, 3 countries and several times on the back of a flatbed truck!
His uncanny impersonation of Don Knotts as "Barney Fife" will take your group back to the days of good clean fun. His humor resonates with folks who work hard and want to have a great time. He’s been featured on several TV shows including CMT's 20 Greatest Redneck Moments, The Henry Cho Show, Laugh Out Loud, and Tennessee Crossroads. He also had his own episode of the Emmy® Award winning Bananas Family Comedy. Rik is a regular on Blue Collar Radio and Laugh USA. His six CD's have been featured on countless syndicated radio shows such as Bob & Tom, John Boy and Billy, Rick and Bubba and NPR's Car Talk.
Rik has developed a reputation as a presenter who can take even the toughest of crowds and bring them together for a truly unforgettable event. Using his down home demeanor and love of the simple life, he quickly forms a bond with the audience and takes them on a laugh-filled journey.
Rik is a proud father of two, husband to one, and resides in Nashville, TN. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and Christian Comedy Association.
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Available Presentations Include:
It's Funny Now
Dynamic comedy show funny enough to headline comedy clubs across the country and clean enough to bring your grandkids or grandparents to see. It's family-friendly and full of fun, easy to relate to material.More About this Presentation
The Mayberry Method
Increase Productivity By Nipping Distractions In The Bud! Imagine your attendees surprised by America’s Favorite Deputy Barney Fife blowing a whistle as he enters the conference room. Next, he pulls out a few “citations” that he has written up on members of your group. The group belly laughs as the “harmless offenses” are revealed. Once the group is engaged, Rik steps out of character and delivers a speech about 1) Increasing productivity by eliminating distractions, 2) Managing time more effectively, and 3) Setting clearer goals.More About this Presentation
Listen UP – Laugh it UP
Strengthen team building through laughter and improvisation. Learn the benefits of laughter and explore how to better listen to customer, co-workers and clients. You will be on your feet practicing active listening exercises. These methods will change the way you go about “hearing” what your customers have to say.More About this Presentation
|9/14/2018||Orlando, FL||Annual Meeting|
|8/16/2018||Orange Beach, AL||Manager's Meeting|
|3/2/2018||Holly Springs, NC||HSCC Concert|
|2/11/2018||Greensboro, NC||Valentine Banquet|
|2/10/2018||Springfield, IL||Valentine's Celebration|
|1/18/2018||Ruidoso, NM||Southwest Hay and Forage Conference|
|12/2/2017||Jacksonville, TX||Company Christmas Party|
|12/1/2017||Anderson, IN||Christmas Comedy Night|
|11/9/2017||Louisville, KY||Annual Conference|
|10/30/2017||Nashville, TN||Regional Conference|
|10/26/2017||Hickory, PA||Community Outreach|
|10/9/2017||Manhattan, KS||Employee Training Day|
|10/3/2017||Davenport, IA||Ercolina International Sales Meeting|
|9/19/2017||Jay, VT||75th Annual Meeting|
|8/17/2017||Orange Beach, AL||Manager's Meeting|
|7/12/2017||Blue Springs, MO||Mid-Year Conference|
|6/20/2017||Cleveland, OH||Annual Recognition and Training Meeting|
|5/18/2017||Scottsdale, AZ||Annual Conference|
|5/9/2017||Detroit, MI||Sales Rep Conference|
|4/28/2017||Mount Carmel, IL||Diesel Club Reunion|
Texas National Bank
"Rik Roberts was the best comedian we've had. My boss said Rik hit it out of the park. We have such a variety of age groups, and Rik made them all laugh. He was very cordial to our staff. If you are looking for clean comedy Rik is my pick."
Kentucky Association of Counties
"The feedback that we received on Rik Roberts was overwhelmingly positive. Our large group appreciated his clean humor. When in Louisville it’s hard to compete with 4th Street Live entertainment. However, Rik managed to keep everyone in their seats during the hour long performance. It was a pleasure working with him and we look forward to working with Rik again in the future."
Riley County Clerk's Office
"Rik Roberts presented to our group the "Mayberry Method". He was very well received by all level of employees. Not one person, in the audience of 190, lost interest during the 90 minutes he "entertained" and educated our group. We even had an added bonus of unexpected interaction of an official Kansas Highway Patrol Officer that assisted in his great message of how to react/respond when in an unusual or difficult situation. Many employees have requested to have him back again!"
CML USA, Inc.
"Rik Roberts (aka Barney Fife) spoke for CML USA, Inc. at our International Sales Meeting. We had representatives from Italy, Canada, Portugal and the U.S. After a full day of being served very technical information, our representatives enjoyed being able to relax and enjoy his performance. Rik's business message was clear and on point, and his very entertaining comedy routine had everyone in stitches from beginning to end. We wanted something light and entertaining yet informative for our sales professionals. From fun "citations" a the beginning to allowing photos to be taken with Barney, Rik Roberts provided exactly what we were looking for!"
Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Inc.
"Rik Roberts performed at Alabama Farmers Cooperative's manager's meeting and did an outstanding job. From his impersonation of Barney Fife during hospitality to his stand-up after dinner, his performance was just what we needed. His humor was very appropriate for our group. From the comments I have received, everyone enjoyed Rik's performance. We would definitely recommend him for any group."
Missouri Association Of Mutual Insurance Companies
"I'd like to express our sincere appreciation to Rik Roberts for a job well done at our annual Mid-Year Conference. His portrayal of Barney Fife was "right on" and was very funny with some real life lessons to be learned by those in attendance. I've heard nothing but positive remarks regarding his presentation from our attendees."
Columbia Marking Tools
"Rik Roberts was the spotlight for our bi-annual sales event. His humor was well received by our diverse crowd of sales people from all over the US and Canada. I was concerned about hiring a special person from out of state, but he was worth it. He kept the audience laughing from the beginning until the end."
Prairie Health Ventures
"After a string of meetings Rik Roberts showed up with a sense of humor that had us laughing for an hour straight. Not only are his jokes and observations funny, his interactions with the audience - all spontaneous - were just as funny if not funnier. This is the second time we've hired Rik and both times he was just super - and so easy to work with! 5 stars all around!!"
Grace Christian Fellowship
"Rik Roberts was a real joy to have! He was right on time, kept in constant communication with us, and even showed up early to hang out with our folks (as Barney Fife!). He was very funny, very clean, and really had our folks locked in. It was a blast!"
Cameron Mutual Insurance Company
"Rik Roberts provided our group great entertainment at our event. He was very personable and entertaining and kept everyone smiling and engaged the whole time. We would highly recommend Rik!"
North Shore Church
"Rik Roberts nailed it! We wanted a fun and funny night for our annual Spring Fling and he made it happen. Glad we invited him to come."
Whiteside County Cattlemen's Association
"Thanks to Rik Roberts for entertaining at our Cattlemens Spring Banquet. We have had a lot of positive feedback on his program. The audience interaction was quite entertaining and got people involved, including Mark singing - that was priceless. I believe he would go on tour with Rik. Thanks again."
Where does Rik Roberts perform?
Rik Roberts has recently performed in: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, just to name a few.