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Emmys Opening Musical Number: Did Jane Lynch or Jimmy Fallon Do It Better? (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 18th 2011 9:05PM
Jane Lynch Emmys openerJane Lynch kicked off the 2011 Emmy Awards with a musical number filled with celebrity cameos (Leonard Nimoy!), which, coincidentally, is how Jimmy Fallon kicked off the 2010 ceremony.

So, how did the two compare?

Well, Fallon went big with a 'Glee' tribute and Bruce Springsteen cover, while Lynch took the solo route with an original number about the magic of television and how everyone on TV lives in the same building.

Both recruited a ton of celebs to help out, but Fallon had the stars sing along with him while Lynch dropped into different show sets. Both included a requisite 'Dancing With the Stars' dig, though.

Who nabbed the bigger stars?

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Andy Richter Is a Sexually Frustrated Priest on 'Glory Daze' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 1st 2010 10:40AM
Andy Richter Plays a Priest on 'Glory Daze'On 'Glory Daze' (Tue., 10PM ET on TBS), Joel feels guilty about his crush on Christie. It's distracting him from his pre-med studies. Like any good Catholic schoolboy, he visits the university's priest. He (Andy Richter) gives the lad some unconventional advice, shaped by his own (celibacy-related) unhappiness.

He asks Joel if his crush has large breasts because "I have taken a vow of celibacy, and sometimes I need a little bit more description to get an accurate picture of how much moral jeopardy we're in." Joel, feeling confused and uncomfortable, eventually answers the question.

Later the priest advises: "Count your blessings, Joel. This campus is crawling with beautiful, vibrant young women, supple and so full of life -- and so willing."

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Best Andy Richter Moments

by Ryan McKee, posted Nov 1st 2010 3:00PM
Countdown to 'Conan': Get ready for Conan O'Brien's TBS talk show debut on Nov. 8

Andy Richter never meant to become a sidekick.

When Conan O'Brien took over 'Late Night,' head writer Robert Smigel hired Richter to be a writer. But in the weeks leading up to the new show's premiere, it became obvious O'Brien was nervous on camera (it was actually obvious the first few seasons), so Smigel told Richter to go on stage during a practice run-through, just to calm the host down. Their rapport was so strong Richter became the permanent sidekick.

Seven years later, Richter left 'Late Night With Conan O'Brien' on good terms to pursue acting. His exit gave us the cult favorites 'Andy Richter Controls The Universe' and 'Andy Barker, P.I.', but we missed his quick, deadpan one-liners and ability to play O'Brien's folly. He balanced O'Brien's hyper personae as the host tried to find the show's voice.

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Conan O'Brien to NBC: Sue Me

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 27th 2010 12:55PM
Conan O'BrienNothing's going to stop Conan O'Brien from bringing the beloved Masturbating Bear to his new TBS show -- not even the legal wrath of NBC.

"If there's something we did for a long time that we've established as ours, we'll figure out a way to do it. I won't be denied my Masturbating Bear," O'Brien said in a new Rolling Stone profile, due out Friday.

Conan would even be willing to get the American legal system involved in the fight. "What I really wanna do is be sued over the bear and then appear in court with the Masturbating Bear," he said. "'Your Honor, this bear can't help himself!'"

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It's Official: Andy Richter Joins 'Conan'

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 12th 2010 11:30AM
Andy RichterMax Weinberg may not be joining Conan O'Brien on the comedian's new TBS talk show, but Coco's other sidekick will sit loyally by his side when 'Conan' premieres on Nov. 8.

TBS announced today that Andy Richter will, in fact, join his best bud Conan on 'Conan.'

"I'm thrilled to be going back to work with Conan, and very excited to start a whole new venture on TBS,'" Richter said in a press release. "However, I am mostly looking forward to getting out of the house again."

For his part, O'Brien announced that "This decision was made without my authority. I will get to the bottom of this."

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Andy Richter Nearing Deal to Host 'Pyramid' Reboot

by Allison Waldman, posted May 28th 2010 8:30AM
andy_richter_nbc_late_showAccording to the LA Times, funnyman Andy Richter is finalizing a deal to host an updated version of the classic game show 'Pyramid.' CBS is expected to slot the reboot in daytime, possibly in October after 'As the World Turns' ends its run.

This is the latest attempt by CBS to resurrect the long-running series. Two pilots were previously shot -- one with Dean McCain and another with Tim Vincent -- but failed to capture the spirit of the original series.

CBS also tried in vain to entice 'Deal or No Deal's' Howie Mandel, as well as Emmy-winning actor Brad Garrett.

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Andy Richter, Conan Writers Planning TBS Special

by Andrew Scott, posted May 26th 2010 7:17PM
Andy RichterConan O'Brien is headed to TBS a bit sooner than planned -- well, sort of.

According to the AP, Andy Richter and O'Brien's writers will star in a one-hour special, tentatively titled 'Team Coco presents Conan's Writers Live,' designed to give viewers a taste of what to expect when O'Brien's new late-night talk show premieres in November.

Richter will host the special, which will tape June 17 during the second annual Just for Laughs comedy festival in Chicago and air Thu., Jun. 27 at 10PM ET on TBS.

As previously reported, O'Brien struck a deal with TBS following his widely reported fallout with NBC and current 'Tonight Show' host Jay Leno. O'Brien's untitled talk show kicks off Mon., Nov. 8, and will air Mondays through Thursdays.

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Conan's Tour Kicks Off in Eugene, Oregon

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 13th 2010 7:05PM
Conan O'Brien on tour in Eugene, Oregon
Conan O'Brien's 'Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television' Tour might be a once-in-a-lifetime event, but that doesn't mean it isn't bound by the laws of concert tours.

Those are the unspoken laws of live entertainment physics that affect every staged entertainment venue across the globe. And just like actual physics, they are cruel mistresses with no pity for people who dare to challenge them or go outside their boundaries of motion, inertia and box office receipts.

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Tour Dates Announced For Conan's Live Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 11th 2010 12:02PM
ConanAfter being just a rumor and then unofficially officially announced, it's now officially official: Conan O'Brien is going on tour. It's going to be called the "Legally Prohibited From Being On Television Tour" and it starts April 12 in Eugene, OR. Andy Richter and members of the band will go with him and they're actually hitting a lot of cities (30 in all). Tickets will be available at TeamCoco.com or through TicketMaster.

Here's the complete list of cities. The most interesting part of the tour? He's going to play both Universal City (where he did 'The Tonight Show' for seven months) and 30 Rock (where he did 'Late Night' for years).

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Andy Richter Tells All To Kelly Ripa (Reege is on Vacation)

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 9th 2010 3:15PM
Andy RichterNo one closely involved in the Conan O'Brien/NBC chaos has spoken out on the matter, at least anyone close to Conan's side. Jeff Zucker did give an interview to Charlie Rose and Jay Leno sat down with Oprah, but Conan hasn't given an interview (he's busy on Twitter though!) so we don't know his side of things, aside from his statement that was released before everything was decided. But sidekick Andy Richter is talking, and he actually said a lot while sitting in for Regis this morning on 'Live with Regis & Kelly.'

Richter says that Conan isn't allowed on TV for a while but he's not under the same restriction (in fact, he's still under contract with NBC) so that's why he co-hosted today. You can tell Richter isn't happy with the way things went down (in fact he says he does have bad feelings towards the network and/or Leno), and a lot of the feelings we assumed he and Conan had about this seem to be pretty accurate.

I was especially happy that Richter mentioned that, yeah, the ratings for Conan's 'Tonight Show' weren't great, but that's because they had Leno as a lead-in. "It's not like the local news suddenly got worse," Richter said.

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Andy Richter Has Ill Will Toward NBC and Jay Leno (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 9th 2010 1:00PM
Andy Richter had plenty to say today about NBC's late-night talk show debacle on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated). The former 'Tonight Show' announcer pulled no punches and blamed NBC execs for not honoring their commitment to Conan O'Brien and 'The Jay Leno Show' for failing to command ratings and provide a strong lead-in.

When asked by Kelly Ripa whether Richter harbors ill will toward the network or Leno for the shake-up which put Leno back in the 'Tonight Show' seat and resulted in O'Brien's ouster, Richter replied, "Yes. Yes, I do. Well, why wouldn't I? I mean, my god, I'd be like some sort of self-hater."

Watch the video after the jump.

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'The Late Shift 2': Who Should Play Whom?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 15th 2010 11:06AM
News that New York Times reporter Bill Carter is working on a pseudo-sequel to his groundbreaking book The Late Shift' made a smile creep across my face. I haven't yet read the book, but the buzz it caused and the weird stories that came out of it just by word of mouth gave it an aura of mysterious wonder that made the television industry infinitely more fascinating than it already was.

It also spawned a pretty decent made-for-TV HBO movie. Now I don't know what kind of craziness "Round Two" has to offer, but the players involved are definitely going to have all sorts of wild secrets revealed from Carter's work and when it does, HBO is going to want the movie rights. So here's who should play who in this new tragic merry-go-round of television programming hilarity that shall be called 'The Late Shift 2'.

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Conan O'Brien's most awesome offer yet

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 25th 2010 2:02PM
Conan O'Brien is one lucky son of a bitch. He may have lost one of the greatest jobs in the history of show business but he's got more awesome offers on his plate right now than Anthony Bourdain at an all-you-can-eat exotic animal buffet.

He's gotten an offer to appear on next season's Sons of Anarchy as an IRA tough guy. A station in Fargo, North Dakota wants him to be the sidekick on their wacky morning zoo show. He's been offered his own starring role in a porno film. That last one doesn't say if they'll also get Andy Richter as a "package" deal (insert "bow-chika-wow-wow" music here).

This one may just be the most awesome of them all. The Washington Generals have offered both Conan and Andy a starting spot on this season's team against the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. Conan, if you don't take this offer, I WILL.

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Andy Richter Curses the Universe

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 25th 2010 11:00AM
Did Conan O'Brien's 'Tonight Show' fail because of an Andy Richter curse?

Actually, it probably failed because of a Jeff Zucker curse. But still, what of poor Andy? He seems to have been operating under a perpetual cloud ever since he left Conan's side the first time, when he quit his job as sidekick on 'Late Night With Conan O'Brien' in 2000 for a Hollywood career. He's worked consistently since then, but his list of credits over the last decade consists largely of box office flops and short-lived TV series. To which we can now add 'The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien.'

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Conan's perfect ending

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 23rd 2010 2:10AM
Conan O'Brien final Tonight ShowI grew up watching Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. I saw George Carlin, Joan Rivers, and countless other comedians on the show, oftentimes my first exposure to comics I would later devote most of my adult life to covering in print (or virtual print). There is no questioning how important Carson's Tonight Show was for me.

But it was always the late night guys that got me. I loved Carson's show, but I identified much more with the sheer lunacy and sometimes brutal quality that Letterman created. And when I got to college, there was this new guy, Conan O'Brien, in Letterman's spot.

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