02.25.09 9 years ago 5 Comments

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Awesome news in the world of late-night TV, as Andy Richter — in case you missed the headline — will join “The Tonight Show” as Conan O’Brien’s announcer.

Mr. Richter and Mr. O’Brien entered the pop culture landscape together in 1993, with Mr. Richter serving as sidekick to Mr. O’Brien when Mr. O’Brien took over from David Letterman as host of NBC’s “Late Night.” Mr. Richter left “Late Night” in 2000 to focus on acting.

On “Tonight,” Mr. Richter will not be a nightly desk-side presence as he was on “Late Night.” He will, however, participate in both live and pre-taped comedy bits.

Excellent, excellent news.  And I’m glad they’re not gonna have Andy just sitting next to Conan as his sidekick.  As funny as they are together, Andy’s a grown man and deserves a better title than “sidekick.”  No one should be a sidekick in his 40s.  Or 30s.  Or 20s.  It’s really a job for teenage wards of superheroes.  Gay, gay superheroes.

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