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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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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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Andy Richter: The TV Squad Interview

by Nick Zaino, posted Nov 23rd 2009 11:08AM
Andy Barker P.I. If you never managed to catch Andy Barker, P.I. when it originally aired two years ago, try not to beat yourself up. Though the show had an impressive cast, led by Andy Richter as a CPA-turned-private-investigator, and including Harve Presnell, Tony Hale, Marshall Manesh, and Clea Lewis. It was also created by Conan O'Brien and Jonathan Groff. But it only lasted six episodes, and didn't seem to get much push from NBC. Watching it on the newly released DVD, Andy Barker, P.I.: The Complete Series, it's hard not to feel the show could have had legs if given the chance.

All's well that ends well, though, and Richter is happier than ever, paired again with Conan O'Brien on The Tonight Show, getting to do what he calls a "silly little comedy show" without dealing with the backwards world of the sitcom. I spoke with Richter earlier this week about Barker and being back with Conan.

Do you think Andy Barker, P.I. got a fair shake when it was first out?

Oh, certainly not. Absolutely not. It was sort of just, you know, shoved on TV and meant to go away.

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Our Favorite TV Sidekicks: They're the True Stars of the Talk Shows

by Liane Bonin, posted Nov 18th 2009 4:14PM
On June 23, 2009, the trademark laugh of the greatest sidekick of all time was silenced as Ed McMahon floated up to the great sidekick couch on the sky. While Publisher's Clearing House commercials and 'Star Search' reruns will never be the same, the good news is that McMahon, who rose up in the wake of some pretty stellar sidekicks himself, set the bar high for those to follow.

Perhaps he set it too high, though, as newcomers to the talk show field like Jimmy Fallon and Craig Ferguson have chosen to fly solo on their talk shows. And that's a shame. Like wine in a box and BBC America series, these straight men of the chat circuit are all too often underappreciated and overshadowed but consistently, inconspicuously deliver the goods.

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The Office: season five DVD review

by Kona Gallagher, posted Sep 23rd 2009 10:00AM
Office Season 5
When I received my copy of The Office season five DVD in the mail, the first thing I noticed was that there may or may not be a Golden Ticket enclosed that would win me a trip to Hollywood. I tore into the packaging, and saw that I had not, in fact, won. So, this DVD set sucks. THE END.

...Okay, I've been informed that I won't get paid unless I tell you about what's actually on the DVDs. So, let's get to that.

The short version of the story is, the folks who make The Office DVDs do so with fans in mind. They are not creating merely a collection of episodes: They chock the DVDs full of enough extras and other goodies to make buying the DVDs preferable to say, buying a season pass on iTunes or just not erasing the season's episodes off of your DVR.

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Gone Too Soon: Andy Richter Controls the Universe

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 7th 2009 11:03AM
Andy Richter Controls the Universe
When Andy Richter left Late Night With Conan O'Brien to establish his own career in acting, nobody knew that he'd come full circle and rejoin O'Brien years later. At the same time, nobody knew that creator Victor Fresco would do much the same thing.

Andy Richter Controls the Universe was one of those quirky shows that most people, who enjoy a dash of nonsense in their comedy, really dug. It was a very playful show about a guy working in a massive company. It featured a small ensemble with great chemistry on-screen, and had a unique look at big corporations.

A few years later, Fresco tapped that well again, and we got Better Off Ted, another comedy with absurdist tendencies set in a massive corporation with a small cast. Like Andy, it eked out a second season based more on critical acclaim than ratings. As someone who enjoys both shows, I find myself worrying that Ted will share Andy's ultimate fate, cancellation after the second season.

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DVD cover art and release date for Andy Barker, P.I.

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 30th 2009 2:10PM
shout factory, dvd, andy barker p.i.I love Andy Richter, but he seems awfully stiff every time I watch him on The Tonight Show. I prefer to remember the guy from his early days on Late Night, his short-lived show Andy Richter Controls the Universe, and his other short-lived show, the hilarious Andy Barker, P.I.

Like Danny reported back in May, Andy Barker, P.I. is finally coming to DVD. Shout! Factory will release the entire series on Nov. 17. The two-disc set will include all six episodes, some with commentary by Richter and producer Conan O'Brien, plus a retrospective feature and a doc about the show's amazing writers, including Jonathan Groff (How I Met Your Mother), Josh Bycel (Psych), and Jane Espenson (Buffy, BSG). Click through for a better look at the DVD cover art.

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Conan O'Brien wants to pimp-slap your ride

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 4th 2009 1:02PM
The Mythbusters blow up a car and Adam burns his lips on the exhaustDoes your ride lack a certain something that all good cars should possess, like brakes?

When you drive to work, do the ambulances and fire trucks pull over to the shoulder to let you pass?

Is your vehicle so old that Jesus co-signed the lease?

Maybe it's time you traded that clunker in, not for a bounced government check or another clunker some guy in a $1,000 suit conned you into buying. Maybe it's time you traded it in for two pounds of C4 and 30 spools of Primacord.

Conan O'Brien premiered on last night's Tonight Show the funniest car related sweepstakes since AMC tried to give away a Pacer: one lucky American will get to blow up their car on national television.

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Tonight Show test shows new show is just like the old show

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 29th 2009 11:07AM
Andy Richter and Conan O'Brien doing a little desk drivingHave you been anxiously awaiting the return of Conan O'Brien and company to late night television? Are you tossing and turning each night because you are lacking your nightly dose of string dancing? Do you find it impossible to get through the day without knowing if Conzie will return to television as the Conzie we all know and love and are thinking of seeking professional help?

Thankfully, I've got the cure. Seek professional help. Make sure he prescribes some strong brain juice for you too, something you have to inject with a syringe.

A recent Ain't It Cool News report says that test shows of Conan's new Tonight Show are underway this week. And the reviews are overwhelmingly positive if you're a big fan of Conan's old Late Night show.

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Andy Barker P.I. coming to DVD

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 1st 2009 11:03AM
Andy Richter in Andy Barker P.I.The DVD shelves have become a heaven of forgotten shows that barely saw the light of day.

Get ready to welcome one that got less sunlight than your goth cousin gets in a year.

The Late Night Insider blog
, the underground blog of the former Late Night with Conan O'Brien, reported that O'Brien and former and returning sidekick Andy Richter are recording commentary tracks for a new Andy Barker P.I. DVD.

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 13th 2009 12:10PM
cinematicalThe folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:
  • I have Verizon FiOS at home, and when I watch any On Demand ABC show, they play the same trailer of Race to Witch Mountain during every commercial break. It has made me hate the idea of this movie more than anything. You can see if it's actually any good by checking out Cinematical's review of Race to Witch Mountain.
  • I don't really like the idea of movies being turned into Broadway musicals, so I don't know what to think about Heathers getting the musical treatment. It could be the worst idea ever, but on the other hand, putting "I love my dead gay son" to music? May be brilliant.
  • Hey, Watchmen nerds; you should appreciate this: A round-up of Watchmen-related humor.
  • Well, they said that this Andy Richter car commercial would probably be better suited for TV Squad, so here you go.
  • Some of these were funny, but some just made me sick for no reason. Cinematical Seven looks at the most pointlessly disgusting scenes in movies.

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