Andy Richter rejoins Conan O'Brien on new Tonight Show
Welcome as it is to see a funny voice like Richter's return to TV, it's a puzzling move for O'Brien, who really seemed to come into his own when Richter left the show in 2000 after seven years.
In a way, its a back-to-the-future move that may make the new Tonight Show stand out. These days, none of the competing network TV talk shows actually has a sidekick -- either bandleaders serve that function (David Letterman, O'Brien and Jay Leno), or, as with Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson, the guy makes up his own cast of characters.
Over on CBS, Ferguson will meet the late-night challenge by starring in a host of short sketches airing during prime time next week touting his interview with Paris Hilton on Monday and an appearance by Big Bang Theory co-star Jim Parsons. Not-so-coincidentally, Monday is also the first day Ferguson's competition, Jimmy Fallon, starts his new late-night talk show.
Ferguson's boss, David Letterman, is already featuring rockers U2 every night next week in hopes of building up a good lead-in to combat Fallon. Wonder what these guys will do when O'Brien finally unveils his new tonight Show on June 1?
Click below to read NBC's release on it all.
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.