November 19, 2009 4:20am EST
Tonight Show sidekick Andy Richter recently had some choice words for New York magazine's Vulture blog on the subject of NBC and TV comedy in general.
The chat coincided with the DVD release of Andy Barker, P.I., created by Conan O'Brien and Jonathan Groff and starring Richter.
Regarding any future projects, Richter told Vulture, "Well, you know, I'm the announcer on The Tonight Show. That's enough for a while. Who knows what's gonna happen. Good God, with the network, and what's happening. I feel like there's storms brewing and we're just clinging to our little Tonight Show buoy trying to put on a funny show and trying to see how it all shakes down. But there's so much with the network getting sold and ratings turmoil. We just keep doing it, and until that calms down, I'm not going to be thinking about game shows I can be producing."
With a deal expected between Comcast and GE that would see the former take a 51% ownership stake in NBC Universal, Richter spoke of certain concerns. "The direction that the network is in right now, and the choices that they've made, have been made by a current regime. And if the network is sold and you have brand-new owners, you don't know whether that regime is the same. You don't know anything...It's not necessarily insecure, but everything's a variable."
He does allow, "If it's for the better, then great," then adds, "Because things at the network are not in good shape."
On his choice to go back to work with O'Brien, Richter notes "how shitty it is just trying to develop comedy right now. How dumb ideas are seeming to be rewarded. How a lot of the networks seem to have basically thrown in the towel on comedy and said 'We just basically don't know what we're doing or what works.'"
Andy Barker is a hard working CPA, but when his failing accounting business is mistaken for retired-private-detective Lew Staziak's, he welcomes the twist of fate and begins his double life as both private investigator and accountant. After witnessing a change in Andy's confidence, wife Jen becomes a little more supportive of his risky new venture. Andy's first case involves a hot-grieving wife, a missing husband and the Russian mafia.
Episode 2. Fairway My Lovely
(AIR DATE 03/22/2007)
A client of Andy's dies unexpectedly during a round of golf. The client's wife hires Andy to investigate the murder. After looking in to his former client's death, Andy is shocked to discover that the fat, rude, and at times obnoxious guy had been the object of desire for many women. Simon, Wally, Lew and Andy's wife Jen, lend him a hand with the case. Meanwhile, Simon falls for Andy's assistant.
Episode 3. Three Days of the Chicken
(AIR DATE 03/29/2007)
When Wally, owner of the falafel restaurant is being scammed and forced to serve tainted chicken, Andy and Simon begin to investigate the chicken processing plant. Lew gives Andy and Simon important information about the chicken industry. Meanwhile, in an attempt to impress her new coworkers, Jenny hosts a barbecue at the house but Andy crashes Jenny's party when he suspects the chicken she is serving could be tainted.
Episode 4. Dial M for Laptop
(AIR DATE 04/05/2007)
Lew forgets to warn Andy about a specific case, Andy's laptop is stolen before he can send in his father-in-law's tax return. Andy races against the clock to file the return and expose a credit card scam involving Loretta Crispin. Simon and Wally help Andy investigate.
Episode 5. The Big No Sleep
(AIR DATE 04/14/2007)
Lew enlists Andy's help to investigate a dishonest doctor and his involvement with several of his attractive married patients. Meanwhile, Andy and Jenny lose sleep when their daughter misplaces her favorite toy. Andy and Simon go on a quest to investigate the doctor and locate the missing baby toy.
Episode 6. The Lady Varnishes
(AIR DATE 04/14/2007)
Andy tries to prove that Lew's old flame, Rita Spaulding is innocent after she has spent the past 40 years in prison. While trying to solve the crime, Andy runs up against Lew's corrupt former LAPD partner, Mickey. Simon helps Andy gather evidence he needs to solve the 40 year old crime.