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Photo of Rich Ross dressed as Santa Claus submerged in the Steinhart Aquarium's main tank Rich Ross and Scott Meltzer formed Monkey Wrench - The Comedy Explosion in 1991 and for the next decade years they travelled the country honing the act. They performed in every venue from street shows to comedy clubs to television to cooperate events. Rich says he’s most proud of the time they performed at both Disneyland and Folsom State Prison on the same day.

Rich has been a Main Stage Company member of San Francisco’s BATS Improv. He’s a founding member of Start Trekkin’, an improv troupe parodying the original Star Trek universe, and an actor with the award winning improv group True Fiction Magazine. Rich has also taught performing and improv workshops all around the country

Now, when not on the road with Comedy Industries, Rich works as Senior Biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium in the California Academy of Sciences where he manages the ambitious 212,000 gallon reef tank. At the Academy (and in his Secret Home Lab) Rich grows coral, breeds cephalopods, and studies the behavior of rare fish, publishing journal papers and keeping his hands wet. In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious Aquarist of the Year award. His work has been covered by National Geographic, NPR’s Science Friday, Fox News, The Discovery Channel, and Penn’s Sunday School. You can learn more about his work and his popular Skeptical Reefkeeping series at

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