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:
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
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
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
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|5/10/2018||Crossville, TN||Comedy Night|
|4/6/2018||Olive Branch, MS||Wild Game Dinner|
|3/28/2018||Auburn, AL||Test Track Conference|
|3/22/2018||Albert Lea, MN||Annual Banquet|
|3/2/2018||Holly Springs, NC||HSCC Concert|
|2/11/2018||Greensboro, NC||Valentine Banquet|
|2/10/2018||Springfield, IL||Valentine's Day Dinner|
|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|
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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."
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."
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."
Sunset Retirement Communities
"Rik Roberts understood our audience. He worked the room as "Fife" and raised the level of engagement and participation from everyone. Rik's material is genuinely funny and appropriate for all ages. We are glad we found him."
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!"
"Rik Roberts kept the audience laughing and engaged throughout his entire preformance. He made our annual Ag luncheon a success! We were very pleased and would highly recommend Rik!"
Bank of Atchison
"Rik Roberts was a huge success at the Bank's annual Ag conference which has approximately 250 clients attend. He was on time (came early), very professional, and most importantly, very entertaining. I would highly recommend Rik."
Hiawatha Implement Company
"Rik Roberts was very professional, but also personable. He is a fun guy off stage, too. His Barney imitation was a hit and entering the audience area in an old Cop car let everyone know he arrived. During his stage performance, many folks laughed non-stop. He was a HIT. Later in the show, Rik started some audience participation which was hilarious. We were very well pleased and would recommend Rik for very clean comedy."
"Rik Roberts was FANTASTIC! He brought so much positive energy to our group early in the morning. The entire group enjoyed him and will definitely refer him to anyone looking for a motivational speaker who combines clean comedy in their routine."
Florida Farm Bureau Insurance
"We were pleased to have Rik Roberts as one of the key note speakers at our annual meeting. He was the absolute best with his humorous presentation and his character of Barney Fife was spot on. We were celebrating the 75th Anniversary of our charter and Rik provided the laughter, levity and fun for all in attendance. His early morning presentation was clean, enjoyable and set the positive tone for the entire day. Rik was the perfect speaker for our event and a genuine gentlemen with whom to work."
Where does Rik Roberts perform?
Rik Roberts has recently performed in: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, just to name a few.