Andy Richter to Join Conan O'Brien on Tonight Show

February 24, 2009 By:
Andy Richter to Join Conan O'Brien on Tonight Show

It’s going to be strange for the first few weeks to call it The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien. But with Conan transitioning into Jay Leno’s late night spot in LA, at least he’ll have a familiar face by his side.

Conan’s friend and former sidekick Andy Richter has been named the announcer for the Tonight Show when Conan takes over, which is a role Ed McMahon once held. The two will be replacing Jay and his crew on June 1st.

We loved it when Andy was a part of Conan from 1993-2000. They were hysterical together, and were able to really bounce jokes off each other. This transition will be a tough one in the beginning, so it’s nice that Andy will be there to help. Conan says, “Andy is one of the funniest people I know, and we’ve maintained a close friendship since he left ‘Late Night’. We have a proven chemistry that will be an incredible asset to ‘The Tonight Show.’”

And always one to throw a joke in there, Conan said, “Another reason I’m bringing Andy on is because he owes me $300.”

How do you think Conan will compare with Jay Leno in the Tonight Show spot?