Andy Richter

Alumni Newsletter: September 26, 2011

  • Tig Notaro was on Conan last week. Missed it? We've got your back.
  • Over at the AV Club, Louis C.K. is rewarding devoted fans with with an amazingly detailed summary of how he went about making each episode in the second season of Louie.
  • Chris Hardwick is all over your television. Last weekend was the premiere of his show The Nerdist on BBC America. His guests were a geeky dream team of Jonah Ray, Matt Mira, Mike Phirman, Craig Ferguson and even Doctor Who’s Matt Smith! If you missed it, you can grab the first episode from itunes. And starting October 16, Hardwick will be hosting a new show for AMC called Talking Dead. It will be a live show that airs immediately after episodes of The Walking Dead. Hardwick will recap the most recent Walking Dead episode while talking to fans, actors and producers.
  • I’m excited to check out the first episode of The Dead Authors Podcast. It features time-traveling writer H.G. Wells (portrayed by alum Paul F. Tompkins) as he welcomes long-lost literary heroes to his show at L.A.’s Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater. Sounds smart and funny, right? Not sold yet? How about this: the first episode features Andy Richter as Emily Dickinson. Boom. Can’t miss.
  • Ira Glass will be touring Australia in January with a show called "Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass." He will be performing in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. You can find the dates and ticket information here. Unrelated: there are some rather delightful stories circulating about Ira's recent performance in The Drunk Show at the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. Here he is talking about the experience with Marc Maron.

If you want to see highlights from the show that Ira doesn't remember, Brooklyn Vegan has some terrific photos of the evening (taken by David Andrako) that feature Mr. Glass arm wrestling on the floor with Leo Allen and forming a human pyramid with John Hodgman, Eugene Mirman and others.

Top Ten Fake Movie Trailers


We were all there: yawning a little from already having watched "Planet Terror", but soon to be awakened by the intermission entertainment during Quentin Tarantino's "Grindhouse". There we were again: popcorn on shirt, dying of laughter during the first twenty minutes of Ben Stiller's "Tropic Thunder". Fake movie trailers. We couldn't get home fast enough to watch a slew of them on YouTube. Now they're coming to you.

Red Hour Digital, a recent branch of Stiller's own Red Hour Productions, has recently let the world know of The Fake Trailer Project, a twelve-part web series to be launched later this fall that will consist entirely of fake movie trailers. Its success seems nearly assured by Stiller's decision to recruit some top comedy talent for the project including Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant of "Reno 911!" and Amy Heckerling, director of "Clueless", "European Vacation", and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High".

There are two schools of thought in the fake-movie-trailer universe. In the first, you've got your re-cut trailers that mix clips from the actual production with new voice-overs and music to present the film as an upcoming release in an entirely different genre. Prime example below: "The Shining" re-packaged as a romantic comedy. In the second camp are fabricated story lines for non-existent films such as those in "Grindhouse" and "Tropic Thunder". No matter which you prefer, however, these pretend previews have made a name for themselves.

Click here to watch ten of the best so far.

Andy Richter Gets a Sidekick: Jimmy Pardo!


Our pal Jimmy Pardo joins our pal Andy Richter as Andy's sidekick!

Tidbits from Past Guests: October 14, 2010


Here's what some past guests of The Sound are up to:

  • Longtime ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne's Emmy-nominated web series, Mayne Street, returns for a fourth season. The show is a spoof on his persona and career at ESPN.

  • Writer Elmore Leonard's new novel Djibouti has a documentary filmmaker grappling with Somali pirates on the high seas.

  • The Trailer Park Boys kick off their Drunk, High, and Unemployed Tour tonight in Detroit.

  • Tim and Eric show up at Jimmy Kimmel Live in their Las Vegas finest to talk about their upcoming "Chrimbus" special and U.S. tour. Parts One and Two here.

  • And Team Coco announced a joyful reunion: Andy Richter will be joining Conan on his new show on TBS, airing in a little less than a month.

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 135: Excerpts from the MaxFunMarathon with Andy Richter, Sarah Thyre, Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer

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Andy Richter
Sarah Thyre
Rob Huebel
Paul Scheer
Dave Shumka

Two selections from the MaxFunMarathon comprise this week's Jordan Jesse Go. Jordan and Jesse are joined by Dave Shumka from Stop Podcasting Yourself, plus special guests Andy Richter, Sarah Thyre, Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer

Andy Richter Interview on The Sound of Young America

Andy Richter

Andy Richter is best known as sidekick to Conan O'Brien, on both Late Night and The Tonight Show. He's also a successful comic writer and actor. His acclaimed series Andy Barker, PI and Andy Richter Controls the Universe are both available on DVD. He's also headed out on tour with Conan O'Brien's "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television" tour, which begins April 12th in Eugene, Oregon.

Andy talked with us about his early days, touring with The Real Brady Bunch and eventually falling into the sidekick's chair on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He talks about why he left that show, and why he rejoined Conan for The Tonight Show, and about what it was like to man a sinking ship after the staff of Tonight found out they were being pulled from the air.

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