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.
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 Check Availability
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 Check Availability
"Rik Roberts was amazing at our annual Christmas Dinner. He was extremely professional, prompt and played along well with our crowd. We laughed until we cried and I have heard nothing but positive comments from our employees. Many saying he is the best entertainer we've ever had! Thank you."
- Human Resource Manager, Company Christmas Party in Kingsport, TN
"Rik Roberts was really fun and kept us laughing for the whole hour. Highly recommend for good clean humor and really connecting with the audience."
- Director of Information Technology, IT Fall Conference in Appleton, WI
"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."
- Special Assistant, Management Conference in Nashville, TN
"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."
- Vice President, Company Christmas Party in Jacksonville, TX
"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!"
- Human Resource Manager, Employee Training Day in Manhattan, KS
"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!"
- Graphic Design & Marketing, Ercolina International Sales Meeting in Davenport, IA
"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."
- President, Sales Rep Conference in Detroit, MI
"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!!"
- Director, Acute Care Services, Material Manager's Retreat in Nebraska City, NE
"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."
- Product Support, Customer Appreciation Event in Hiawatha, KS
"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."
- Event Coordinator, National Sales Meeting in Memphis, TN
"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."
- State Sales Manager, Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL
"Rik Roberts was great. He arrived very promptly and his presentations was exactly what I had hoped it would be. He was entertaining, but with a message. Immediately after the session I had several faculty members come to me and let me know how much they enjoyed the day."
- Supervisor of Instruction, County-Wide Inservice Day in Lafayette, TN
|9/27/2019||Frankenmuth, MI||Client Appreciation Event|
|9/13/2019||Orlando, FL||Annual Meeting|
|8/8/2019||Centre, AL||Annual Meeting|
|4/25/2019||Biloxi, MS||Annual Conference|
|4/12/2019||Evansville, IN||Employee Appreciation Dinner|
|3/19/2019||Columbus, WI||Annual Banquet|
|3/2/2019||Melbourne, FL||Annual Winter Banquet|
|2/27/2019||St. George, UT||Annual Conference|
|1/28/2019||Metropolis, IL||Farmer's Appreciation Dinner|
|1/18/2019||Great Falls, MT||Agriculture Appreciation Banquet|
|1/10/2019||Fort Collins, CO||Annual Conference|
|12/18/2018||Cullman, AL||Company Christmas Party|
|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||IT Fall 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|
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, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, just to name a few.