Image Credit: Barry Brecheisen/WireImage.comWith former Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien still legally prohibited from being funny on television, TBS has done the next best thing by giving Coco’s writers and sidekick Andy Richter an hour-long special to showcase their comedic stylings. When we caught up with Richter 10 days before Team Coco Presents: Conan’s Writers Live taped at this month’s Just for Laughs festival in Chicago, he was still on the road with O’Brien and admitted he had no idea what the writers were planning. “I doubt you’re gonna see a lot of cutting political satire,” he said. “You’ll probably just see more ‘odd men acting oddly.’” Let’s see what other questions Andy couldn’t answer!
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve said the special [which premieres June 27, 10 p.m. ET on TBS] will give us a taste of what we can expect when Conan’s late-night show debuts on TBS in November. What will the new show taste like?
ANDY RICHTER: I don’t know. We’ve been out on this tour the last couple of months, so we haven’t been really thinking about the show we’re gonna put on in November; we’ve been thinking about the show we’re doing right now. Whatever we’re gonna do on the TBS show, it’s not gonna be a huge surprise. It’s not gonna end up being all hip-hop cooking demonstrations. There’s gonna be some jokes. There’s gonna be a desk. There’s gonna be me sometimes not paying very close attention to what’s going on and getting caught.
Your special airs right after Ellen’s Somewhat Special Special, which, according to the press release, includes a magician, a “vertical-pole performer,” and the Japanese group Kabuki Expert performing their viral-video sensation Matrix Ping Pong. How will you compete with that? READ FULL STORY »