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Andy Richter is rejoining Conan on The Tonight Show

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 24th 2009 2:46PM
Andy Richter and Conan O'BrienHere's some good news for people who have missed Andy Richter since he stopped being Conan O'Brien's sidekick nine years ago: NBC just announced that he's signed on to be the announcer of The Tonight Show when Conan takes it over in June.

Now, this doesn't mean that we'll see Andy on the couch next to Conan, as he was in Late Night's early years. He's the announcer; think of what John Melendez does for Leno and add the fact that, you know, Andy actually has comedic talent. Richter will announce the show and participate in both live and pre-taped comedy bits.

For fans of Andy Richter the actor, though, this isn't good news. After starring in two very funny failed sitcoms, Andy Richter Controls the Universe and Andy Barker, P.I., it seems like his returning to the daily Conan fold would preclude him from starring in another one anytime soon. But that also means he won't star in another Quintuplets, either, so maybe this is a good idea.

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Pingles

I like Andy Richter's stuff but I still think that he and Conan have a very uncomfortable chemistry.

I'd prefer if Andy went off and did his own thing.

February 26 2009 at 11:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

Conan was clearly happy to have Richter back on his final show. Much happier than was obvious to me would be the case. Conan must really feel a strong connection to Richter, so good for Richter for securing a well-paying regular gig!

February 25 2009 at 2:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
deebopalula

Thank you for reminding me about "Andy Barker, P.I." - I loved that show! Just found it on Hulu. Gotta go watch me some "Three Days of The Chicken"!

February 25 2009 at 9:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gazzoo

I wonder if Goddard is staying with
"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"...

February 24 2009 at 7:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Thaddeus Collins

Stewartwallace, If it is true what you said about "Andy Richter Controls the Universe being released on DVD, you just made my year!!! This is my second favorite show of all time, besides Arrested Development. March 24th is my birthday!!! I have to check this out!! I'm so excited!!

February 24 2009 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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stewartwallace

It's true, teenagertc. MSRP is $39.98, but Amazom has it available for pre-order at $27.99 with free shipping:

http://www.amazon.com/Andy-Richter-Controls-Universe-Complete/dp/B001PKHS6I/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I3OE8MOTSKIDWW&colid=879FBXOSWNWT

February 24 2009 at 4:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jax Maxton

I don't think this is bad news for Andy Richter fans who want to see him act again. In fact, it could be great news. It once again puts him in a spotlight where he can be noticed again. If he does well and the Tonight Show with Conan does well, Andy may get a ton more acting jobs. After all, now that the show is in L.A., Andy can carry 2 jobs if need be. And, seriously, I always thought Andy may be great as a C character on something like "The Office" rather than having to carry a show.

February 24 2009 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jay

This is absolutely great news, and bad news at the same time.

Just by mentioning Andy Richter's name, The Tonight Show will, far and away, have the funniest announcer in the history of Late Night talk shows.

But have you heard Andy's voice? Can you imagine him saying "Its the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien!!!" in his nasal tone?

February 24 2009 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joel Keller

Is it any worse than Stuttering John and his Long Island accent?

February 24 2009 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1iPete

Yay for Andy but what about Joel Goddard?

February 24 2009 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Gill

He said thanks to to Godard in the finale last week so presumably he wont be making the trip to LA. Despite the claims that Conan wont "grow up" on the Tonight Show, I dont think the sexual bits that involved Joel would probably not play well with the 11:30 sponsors.

February 24 2009 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stewartwallace

"Andy Richter Controls the Universe" is coming to DVD March 24, complete with five unaired episodes.

February 24 2009 at 3:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dukrous

I got both Andy Barker, PI and Andy Richter Controls the Universe permanently stored in iTunes...the puppy suit always puts a smile on my face, no matter the day I've had.

February 24 2009 at 3:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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