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.
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
|1/18/2019||Great Falls, MT||Agriculture Appreciation Banquet|
|1/10/2019||Fort Collins, CO||Annual Conference|
|12/3/2018||Kingsport, TN||Company Christmas Party|
|11/10/2018||Greenwood, IN||Volunteer Appreciation Dinner|
|11/9/2018||New Albany, IN||Fundraiser|
|10/29/2018||Roanoke, WV||Annual Conference|
|10/18/2018||Appleton, WI||Department Conference|
|10/9/2018||Bowling Green, KY||Annual Conference|
|8/23/2018||Atlanta, GA||Team Building Event|
|8/16/2018||Orange Beach, AL||Manager's Meeting|
|8/9/2018||Indianapolis, IN||Supervisory Workshop|
|6/26/2018||Cary, NC||Member Event|
|5/21/2018||Elizabeth City, NC||Annual Meeting|
|5/11/2018||Avon, MA||Volunteer Banquet|
|5/10/2018||Crossville, TN||Comedy Night|
|5/9/2018||Germantown, TN||Membership Luncheon|
|5/8/2018||Nashville, TN||Management Conference|
|4/6/2018||Olive Branch, MS||Wild Game Dinner|
|3/28/2018||Auburn, AL||Test Track Conference|
|3/22/2018||Albert Lea, MN||Annual Meeting|
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Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Inc.
"This was the second time that Rik Roberts has performed for Alabama Farmers Cooperative. First he did his skit Mayberry skit. This time, he performed with singing and jokes. Both were top class."
"We thoroughly enjoyed our evening with Rik Roberts! His content and delivery was relevant, engaging and an appropriate atmosphere for all in attendance. The highlight of his show was his spot-on rendition of Barney Fife - I could have watched two hours of that performance alone! Rik's participation in our celebration evening for volunteers made this a night we will remember."
Fairfield Glade Resident Services
"Rik Roberts return performance was even funnier than the first time he entertained us. The Fairfield Glade Resident Services Comedy Night had a packed crowd and were laughing all evening. Rik’s clean comedy and presentation were outstanding. 'Barney Fife' joined the fun and his presence made for a delightful show. We would love to have Rik back again."
Collierville Chamber of Commerce
"Rik Roberts offers the perfect combination of education and entertainment. As the keynote speaker for our Chamber's general membership luncheon, Rik began by engaged the audience with his dead-on imperination of Deputy Barney Fife. After some interactive fun with a few key business and community leaders in the room, he segwayed into a fantastic presentation about eliminating distractions in the workplace through the "Mayberry Method". The audience loved him, and everyone left with takeaways that can be easily implemented to increase productivity in any organization. Rik was a pleasure to work with, and I highly recommend him!"
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
"We had Rik Roberts come in to present Game Winning Drive to our annual agency off site meeting. Rik really honed in on issues such as team work, unity, accountability, and owning your mistakes. He did it in a judgment-free way that gave us take-aways and connecting points we can take back to our home offices and apply. It was extremely well done, very professional and with plenty of laughs. Rik hit the nail on the head, and managed to not ruffle any feathers. He is an expert at people and it shows. I highly recommend him if you have similar event where you need to tune up your leadership, accountability and communication skills."
First Baptist Church
"Rik is hilarious! Good, clean comedy enjoyed by an audience of all ages.I would definitely recommend Rik for your event!"
National Center for Asphalt Technology
"Rik Roberts was exactly what our conference needed after two solid days of technical presentations and site tours. His "Mayberry Method" presentation had the right balance of information/strategies to combat wasteful work habits well blended with his wonderful sense of humor. Everyone had a great time with some great takeaways from his performance. He was an absolute professional and great to work with!"
Freeborn County Corn and Soybean Growers
"Rik Roberts put on an entertaining and educational show. The crowd seemed to be enjoying him and his style. Rik communicated very well to make sure the event would go smoothly."
Lawndale Baptist Church
"We just had Rik Roberts for our annual Family Valentine’s Banquet. What a fantastic entertainer! The whole crowd from 5 years old up to 99 loved him. You would be blessed to have Rik perform at your church."
Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
"Rik Roberts was exactly what we were hoping for at our event! He connected with the audience and everyone enjoyed his jokes, songs and impersonations. He was a pleasure to work with before, during and after our event. I highly recommend him to any group considering him."
New Mexico Hay Association
"Excellent! Rik Roberts had the whole crowd going with his impression of Barney Fife from the Andy Griffith show. He was great. Thank you again so much!"
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."
Where does Rik Roberts perform?
Rik Roberts has recently performed in: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, just to name a few.