Andy Richter reunites with Conan for ‘The Tonight Show’

02.24.09 9 years ago


Andy Richter and Conan O’Brien are together again.

NBC announced on Tuesday (Feb. 24) that Richter will serve as announcer for “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” when it premieres on June 1. 

In addition to announcing, Richter will also appear in comedic pieces on the show.

No, Richter won’t be returning to his position as O’Brien’s regular sidekick, but given his busy acting career, this is probably the next best thing.

“Andy is one of the funniest people I know and we’ve maintained a close friendship since he left “Late Night,” O’Brien says in an NBC statement. “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.” 

Richter served as O’Brien’s able assistant and comic foil for seven seasons of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” beginning with the show’s premiere in September 1993. His last regular appearance on the show was May 26, 2000.

Since going out on his own, Richter has starred in a number of critically admired, but short-lived, comedies including “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” and “Andy Barker, P.I.” He’s most recently popped up as a guest star on FOX’s “Bones” and NBC’s “Chuck.”

For those of you trying to keep up with NBC’s busy late night turnover, Conan completed his “Late Night” run last Friday (Feb. 20). Jimmy Fallon will take over the “Late Night” desk next week. Jay Leno will continue with “The Tonight Show” until May 29 and will pause briefly before engulfing five hours of NBC’s weekly primetime schedule beginning next fall.

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