This article is from the Conan O'Brien FAQ, by Joseph Gebis firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Conan's sidekick is Andy Richter. He performs in many of the skits
and talks to Conan about many issues. Andy also takes an active role
in many of the interviews, although a lot of people think he is not active
Paul Andrew Richter was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 28,
1966. He was raised in Yorkville, Illinois. His parents are Glenda
Swanson (whose job is cabinet sales & design) and Larry Richter, a
Professor of Russian Language at Indiana University. He has 2 brothers
and a sister.
He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from
1984-1986 (his freshman and sophomore years). He was a journalism
major. Andy then attended Columbia College in Chicago, where he
studied film and video.
After that, he studied improvisation in Chicago with Del Close and
He then worked with in Chicago with improvisation groups, including
Annoyance Theater, Gambrinus King of Beer, Comedy Underground, and
Andy's first TV role was playing one of serial killer John Wayne
Gacey's victims in a "Hard Copy" re-enactment.
Andy also played Mike Brady in the NY and LA productions of "The
Real Live Brady Bunch." He met his wife on the set of this production. He
had a small role in the HBO movie "...Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom"
and acted in the movie "Cabin Boy." He was also in the play "Ayn Rand Gives
Me A Boner."
In a recent interview, Andy revealed that he and Conan first met at
Junior's Deli in California where Conan was immediately impressed by
Andy's bowl of borscht.
He worked for a month and a half writing at NBC before he
was asked to work as Conan's sidekick. He started out next to Conan
during the test episodes, and never left.
Andy Richter is 6'2". He is married to Sarah Thyre, an actress.
For the total Andy fan, be sure to check out Scott Erickson's
(email@example.com) Andy homepage: "Andy Richter: King of the Couch."
(See section 1.21)
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