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Andy Richter To Serve As

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Andy Richter, longtime sidekick on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" before he fled to Los Angeles, will now be sitting in the Ed McMahon chain on the L.A.-headquartered "Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien." Press release!
NBC ANNOUNCES THAT ANDY RICHTER WILL REUNITE WITH CONAN O'BRIEN WHEN HE RETURNS FOR NEW 'THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O’BRIEN' O'Brien and Richter to Work Together for First Time on a Daily Basis in Almost Nine Years as He Rejoins Late-Night Television as The Announcer on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” Beginning June 1 in Los Angeles UNIVERSAL CITY, CA. – February 24, 2009 – Conan O'Brien will have a familiar face when he begins his new "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" on NBC where he will reunite with Andy Richter ("Late Night with Conan O'Brien") -- for the first time on a daily basis in almost nine years -- as the network announced that Richter will return to its late-night lineup as the announcer for the new show that begins June 1. In addition to his announcing duties, Richter will participate in comedic pieces. Few performers enjoy the chemistry that Richter and O'Brien developed over their seven years together on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." Richter will join O'Brien for the first time on a daily basis since May 26, 2000. "Andy is one of the funniest people I know and we've maintained a close friendship since he left "Late Night," said O'Brien. "We have a proven chemistry that will be an incredible asset to "The Tonight Show." I'm looking forward to working with Andy on a daily basis again, particularly since he owes me $300." Actor and writer Andy Richter rose to fame while having the best seat in the house on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" as O'Brien's sidekick since its premiere on September 13, 1993. Since his departure from the show in 2000, Richter starred in the Emmy nominated "Andy Richter Controls the Universe" for the Fox network, and most recently starred in the series "Andy Barker, P.I." for NBC. Richter has been very active in the feature film world as well. His many appearances include such films as Robert Altman's "Dr. T and the Women" and "Scary Movie 2", "Elf" and "Madagascar: (both 1 and 2), "Talladega Nights", "Blades of Glory" and "Semi-Pro". This summer, he can be seen in the Fox feature "They Came From Upstairs". Richter attended the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign and Columbia College, where he studied film and video. "The Tonight Show" continues to be the most dominant late-night institution in television history. Since it first premiered on September 27, 1954 with Steve Allen, "The Tonight Show" has had just four permanent hosts, including Leno. Allen, host of the then titled "Tonight," eventually left late night to start his own primetime variety series on NBC. Jack Paar premiered on July 29, 1957. On October 1, 1962, Johnny Carson stepped on stage for day one of his tenure as host of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." Leno, who began guest-hosting "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in September 1987, became host of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on May 25, 1992. O'Brien joined NBC as a writer on "Saturday Night Live" in 1988 and premiered as host of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on September 13, 1993. O'Brien becomes the fifth host of "The Tonight Show" on June 1, 2009. "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" will originate from Stage 1 at Universal Studios and will be produced by Universal Media Studios. Jeff Ross is the executive producer.

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  • Feb. 24, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    First to say...

    by Blanket-Man

    THIS is cool news!

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    So Joel the announcer is gone?

    by DerLanghaarige

    Not that I'm complaining about the return of Andy.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    Hell yeah! I was wondering if that was going to happen.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    yeah he is gone and so is Max Weinberg he did not want to move to LA.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Oh I take that back

    by eric haislar

    Looks like he decided to come after all.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST

    He can't possibly be better than Stuttering John!

    by Keeper Of Chimps

    What's John's job other than to sit in the back and laugh at Jay's jokes? Why is this show number 1? Good riddance to Jay Leno.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST


    by Hamtaro Hentai


  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST


    by IamTheSisko

    This is the BEST news I've heard all year! FINALLY!

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Max Weinberg is coming out to L.A.

    by Hercules

    this was announced on-air.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Hell yeah!

    by Sulla

    For hardcore Conan fans like myself this is GREAT fucking news! You rule Andy!

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:10 p.m. CST

    I am sad to see Joel go...

    by IamTheSisko

    But Andy and Conan had a chemistry unmatched! The Late Night Show was never the same without Andy! Are YOU Maladjusted?

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST


    by CatVutt

    That's FANTASTIC.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST

    I called it, bitches!


    Go read the talkback from last Friday.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    I KNEW IT!!!

    by thecomedian

    As soon as they announced that they were giving Conan The Tonight Show I knew Richter was gonna come back. I mean that was the whole point of Conan and Andy was to pay homage to Johnny and Ed. Richter's had his shot solo and after a few failed sitcoms I'm sure he'd rather be back with Conan than only having to look forward to creepy guest villain roles on "Chuck". <br><br> That means all the classic old bits are back. The Staring Contest, The REAL "In the year 2000". This news is awesome. Conan's OK on his own but they're sooooo much better together.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by HapaPapa72

    Some good news for a change. Let the staring contests begin!!!

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by jaylerd

    I don't like Andy as a guest and didn't watch / fall in love with Conan until long after he left so ... eeeeeeh. Don't really care for him professionally, either, but I'm sure he'll win me over.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Andy and Conan togetther=comedy gold

    by zacdilone

    It's a shame Andy's awesome TV shows didn't pan out, but it's to the Tonight Show's benefit.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by ChildOfMen

    Although I think that losing Andy probably did make Conan have to grow, I think it's undeniable that they had a great chemistry together. And I think Andy Richter is funnier/better than the various bit characters/etc. that Conan played off of instead. I'm sort of sorry that Andy's solo career didn't work out like I am sure he hoped, but it seems pretty clear people weren't really able to accept him as someone to carry as how. This is great to see him coming back and forming a great comedy pairing with Conan again.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST


    by toshiro-solo

    This IS cool news!

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST


    by Stuntcock Mike

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Joel will be missed

    by Savage Lucy

    I was wondering how they would deal with his taste for young Filipino men on the Tonight Show.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST

    That does suck for Joel though...Unless....

    by thecomedian

    He's gonna announce for Fallon. Which would be a really smart move in NBC's part to build on Conan's audience. They could even do a funny sketch where Fallon finds Joel in the janitor's closet.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    They're gonna be without Max for the first 3 months,


    so this was an absolute necessity for them. This is a little weird though because I'm pretty sure Conan said Joel was going with them. Maybe he'll be their new Abe Vigoda, showing up occasionally for bit parts.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    I have but three words to say...

    by TheContrarian

    Lincoln Money-shot Channel.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST


    by damagedinc

    SO awesome!

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    I love Joel ...

    by papawapa

    But he's getting up there in years, maybe he was ready to retire and not uproot his entire life this late in the game. I just hope the show doesn't become too tame now that it's on earlier. I know Conan stated that it wouldn't be less childish, but I still worry NBC execs may dick around with his formula.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Richter has been having some fun solo though

    by terry1978

    Even if it's been random parts and appearances, he's not exactly starving. But it'll be good to see him back on being the deadpan snarker to Conan's occasional goofiness.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Wow... I actually said "Yippee" outloud...

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    I'm no better than Jake Lloyd now. For shame. <p> Seriously, that is some really great news. I so cannot wait for their first Tonight Show together.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    HELL YES!!!!!

    by HB_Dad

    HELL YES!!!!!

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Cool news!

    by theBigE

    Andy was always such a huge part of the show in those beginning years. Great news!

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST

    what, are they renaming the show

    by punto

    to "ANDY RICHTER On the Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien and his inseparable pal, ANDY RICHTER"? <p> Did he get fired from "According to Jim (WITH ANDY RICHTER)"?

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    I'm absolutely happy that he's back, but...

    by toshiro-solo

    Doesn't he seem like an odd announcer? He doesn't have an announcerey voice, really. He's a great foil for Conando, though, so - like I said, I'm totally happy that he'll be around.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST


    by Wrecks

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST


    by White Goodman

    I will be watching this show every night.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Awws, I wish it was Joel AND Andy

    by Bass Ackwards

    Oh well, we still got Dave and Big Red.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST


    by jarjarmessiah

    and now a message from Alpo......

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Again, the announcer thing is a throwback...

    by thecomedian

    To Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon. As long as Andy doesn't say heeeeeeeere's Conan. Then they're trying too hard.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    The Masturbating Bear

    by gusborwig

    I know Conan probably can show that character on The Tonight Show, but it would be hilarious if Conan decided to stick it to NBC on occasion by bringing him out. Also since Al Roker is stuck in New York, who would make a good back-up guest? It would also be funny if Conan started sending Andy to other NBC shows naked like when made Andy think a door leading to the Today Show was a turkish bath.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST

    I bet andy won't even announce

    by logicalnoise01

    he'll probably just find interesting ways of presenting conan. Like the first show will be andy just saying: "ok's conan o'brien"

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Andy Richter Controls the Universe was fantastic!

    by Bass Ackwards

    Andy PI was alright too.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Ain't that some cool news!

    by Helpful Electronic Lab Partner Robot

    I was sad to see Late Night (or at least, Late Night with Conan) end, but I cannot wait for this!

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    He got shafted on the last episode.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Good timing, it`s all about 90s nostalgia right now.

    by Flim Springfield

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Cool beans

    by CherryValance

    I was hoping this would happen.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    Great news

    by RobFromBackEast

    Love O Brien, but Letterman is still the man.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST


    by DeweyOxburger

    I love Andy & this is great news, but Alan Kalter is the funniest character on TV right now.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Best news I've heard all day

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    <p>This is fantastic news. I was heartbroken that Conan was leaving NY (being a long time NY native and only watching him live once), but if Conan taking over the Tonight Show means the return of Andy Richter, then I'm perfectly satisfied.</p> <p>Although I'm kind of saddened that Richter's solo career never panned out. Andy Barker, PI was actually a pretty solid show. If only NBC had given it more leeway. *sigh*</p>

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Too bad they have to move it out to L.A. but...

    by YackBacker

    It makes sense, given the fact that Hollywood types are lazy and prefer to do the show in-between bowel movements. Andy made that show an extra level of brilliant back in the day- I've had a hard time stomaching solo Conan- this is a great move.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by snowpuff

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    That's a big GET for NBC

    by snowpuff


  • Feb. 24, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST

    AVATAR can fuck my eyeballs, then I can go home...

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    ...and have my eyeballs fucked even further by this!!!

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Richter FTW

    by Eats_sandwich_gets_laid.

    oh wait, we're already over ftw? why doesn't anyone tell me these things?

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST

    I had to check my calendar...

    by sapno_krei make sure this wasn't some cruel April Fool's joke. Kudos to you, Andy, for having the good sense to come back. You were sorely missed!

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST

    ANDY BARKER, PI is still shown...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    all the time on UNIVERSAL HD. All SIX episodes.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Great news!

    by Eyegore

    I'm looking forward to seeing this a lot more now.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST


    by electricjones

    It was such a great moment to have them back together for the Late Night finale...I was slightly disappointed at the time because Andy just kind of sat there while they showed the clips, that there was no bit or even much of a conversation between them aside from the moment he was introduced. Better than not having him on at all of course, but naturally I was left wanting more, wishing Conan might have had him on for the whole week. BUT THIS REDEEMS EVERYTHINGGGGGGGGG

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    So how do we know it's not one of the other quintuplets?

    by drewlicious

    It could be the one who's a stuntman for all we know.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST

    This Makes Me Very Happy


    Happy just for the fact that Andy will have a steady job again. I've missed him.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    I was wondering how Conan would transition

    by Hikaru Ichijo

    This is some good TV news

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    As papawapa says, Joel's getting up in years. Why would he want to uproot himself in this, what is likely the last decade of his life, just to announce a show and make a bunch of gay jokes? And may I say, this is beyond great news. Curious they didn't announce it last Friday; perhaps it wasn't a done deal then? At any rate, if this isn't the perfect antidote to an LA-centric, watered-down Conan, I don't know what is. Man, never thought I'd see the day. Consider me sold, NBC. And Mr. Idioteque, what is this you say about Max not showing up for the first 3 months?

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 6:54 p.m. CST


    by Timahh

    I was there i concurred with your assesment...cant help but wonder why they didnt announce on air.....i cant frickin wait for conan to take over now.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 6:54 p.m. CST

    I had a feeling it would happen

    by DigitalDong

    It had too. Conan's good all on his own, but with Andy it's pure genius. And with Jeff Ross still producing I'm pretty sure this will just be like Late Night, only in LA. Also I might be out of the loop, but is Conan bringing the Green Ford Taurus SHO? I know Leno has a good car collection, but nothing compares to the Green Taurus.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST


    by champvinyl

    now i reallly can't wait for june.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST


    by billypilgrimisunstuck

    Either this, or a new spin off about the identical brothers he played on Arrested.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Back to the future

    by banditmania

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 7:23 p.m. CST


    by TheBLIGHT

    Good to see the little guy will have years of employment to come on the new Tonight Show... Go get 'em guys, I will tune in now, for certain...

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Excellent! Smithers, give that man a raise!

    by future help

    so happy

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST


    by arzt go boom

    that is awesome fucking news! i have always looked back on andy's period on the show as the golden age of conan. i've been a fan of conan's from early on, and missed the hell out of him for the past 9 years. it was great to see him back next to conan on the finale friday. can't wait to watch conan in LA. love jay, but it's just not my style of show

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 7:56 p.m. CST


    by blackhole4140

    this is the coolest news in late night tv ever.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 7:59 p.m. CST


    by LordEnigma

    Reason alone for Conan to take over the Tonight Show. BRINGING ANDY RICHTER BACK! FUCK YEAH! I got a reason to watch late night again.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Back From 2nd Banana Heaven!!!

    by micturatingbenjamin

    YAY!<p>I bet he got sick of playing canasta with TV's Frank and Torgo.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 8:36 p.m. CST

    by CGI_Pants

    Andy went to the same college as me. I never knew this.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 9 p.m. CST

    Good News!

    by The Funketeer

    I would have preferred the kept Joel on and made Andy the sidekick again but I'll take what I can get. I have to admit, I was hoping that the move to LA and Andy's failed attempts to get his own show going would reunite the two of them.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 9:01 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Conan and Andy were good for each other. Andy didn't fare too well on his own, though. (I don't blame him for the cancellations, but I suspect a lot of Hollywood types are now sure he can't carry a show on his own.) <br> <br> What with Conan's move to the big show, Andy can return to sidekick and feel like it's an historical gig rather than feel like he's crawling back, plus he gets a base in LA where he can do occasional film and TV roles on the side.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Conan won't have to grow up

    by MC Satan

    The talk show shuffle is a way for the network to keep up with aging audiences without changing formulas. Leno's core audience can go to bed even earlier, Conan's core fans get to trim an hour off their bed time by tuning it at 11:30, Fallon supposedly will appeal to a younger group at 12:30, and Carson Daly stays at 1:30 because that slot must not be attractive enough to draw infomercials. At least that's the way it looks to me.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Cool news?

    by CoursinLarry

    This is the BEST fucking news. For the love of god, I want him sitting on that couch next to Conan. That needs to happen.

  • Feb. 24, 2009, 9:41 p.m. CST

    This is only good news if Conan doesn't grow up

    by Jor-El23

    He promised on Friday to not grow up, he better keep his promise.

  • Feb. 25, 2009, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Who says Andy has to be the announcer?

    by Droogie Alex

    He wasn't on Late Night, so who cares?

  • Feb. 25, 2009, 1:02 a.m. CST

    And he was on CHUCK

    by Razorback

    But of course AICN only runs stories that skip that part.

  • Feb. 25, 2009, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Abe Vigoda

    by deadboy1313

    But it will all be meaningless without Abe Vigoda. There's just something about him that has always brought a smile to my face. Hey, after Late Night with Jimmy Fallon how about........Insomnia with Abe Vigoda! Or at least how about a DVD release of Fish? I can't get enough Abe......he just always makes me laugh. What a great actor!

  • Feb. 25, 2009, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Only the most privileged will understand this

    by thegreatwhatzit

    parallel: compare the Andy/Conan reunion with SCTV's William B. (John Candy)/Sammy Maudlin. William B. exiled himself from Sammy's talk show ("I'm bringin' down the ratings") but had no choice other than to replay his role as Sammy's second banana.

  • Feb. 25, 2009, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Andy back yay. Losing Joel nay.

    by TallBoy66

    Get back on the couch, Andy, give Joel his rightful place back. (Conan called him "Da da comedy" on his final show which was fantastic.)

  • Feb. 25, 2009, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Fallon's co-host?

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Bet the farm on Horatio Sanz (recurrent rumor: High Pitch Eric will play the equivalent of Larry "Bud" Melman. Completely Unconfirmed).

  • Feb. 25, 2009, 5:02 a.m. CST

    I like that Richter is back

    by smackfu

    but I don't like the idea of losing Joel the demented announcer...

  • Feb. 25, 2009, 7:46 a.m. CST


    by champvinyl

    Although there are some that think abe vigoda is a cyborg, I'm pretty sure he just wants to retire... And not move to L.A. Also i think he works for NBC not specifically for conan.

  • Feb. 25, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

    ok..I may watch an episode or two with thsi news

    by Jugdish

    As long as Kimmel isn't on at the same time- you may have my eyes on this show

  • Feb. 25, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST


    by lowman

    This just went from me watching a few times a week to every night. I love Andy!

  • Feb. 25, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Just wishful thinking...

    by OfficerJunior

    ... wouldn't it be cool if conan did some skit work with UCB LA? I know when ucb only had the theater in New York, they showed up all the time. It'd be even cooler to have Amy Poehler revive her character as Andy's little sister who has a massive crush on conan. Geekgasm

  • Feb. 25, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by Tacom

    Seriously as much as I wish that "Andy Richter Controls The Universe" had been successful I'm glad to see him back with Conan just to do the "Staring Contest" bits again. That bit was fucking hilarious.

  • Feb. 25, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST

    I love Joel

    by haggardatbest

    but during the last few shows, every time they showed him it looked like he was always on the verge of tears. I want him on the new show, but I knew he wouldn't be coming along. I'll definitely miss him, but I'm very glad Andy is back.

  • Feb. 25, 2009, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Thank you NBC...

    by AgentArchangel I can switch over full time to Craig Ferguson at 12:30, right after I watch Conan! Fuck Fallon.

  • Feb. 25, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Can we get Amy Poehler in a Little sister

    by Phategod2

    sketch those were funny as hell.

  • Feb. 26, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Well, I mean...

    by Kid Z

    ...guy hasn't been doing much besides being in a contest with Nathan Fillion for "Most Failed Series" for the last 8 years. Good for him!

  • Feb. 26, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    They should make him the "Ed McMahon" instead of the announcer

    by HerbWestAustin

    That's a step down. Did Conan also make Andy his new gardener?