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Release Date:
20 March 2002 (USA) See more »
Andy is a short story writer, who makes his living by working at a huge faceless company in present day Chicago... See more »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
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ANDY RICHTER IS THY LORD (initial reaction from a brother of the Church of Andy's Ass) See more (32 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 12)

Andy Richter ... Andy Richter (19 episodes, 2002-2004)

Paget Brewster ... Jessica Green (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Irene Molloy ... Wendy McKay (19 episodes, 2002-2004)

Jonathan Slavin ... Byron Togler (19 episodes, 2002-2004)

James Patrick Stuart ... Keith (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
John Bliss ... Mr. Pickering (14 episodes, 2002-2004)

Series Directed by
Andy Ackerman (12 episodes, 2002-2003)
John Fortenberry (3 episodes, 2002-2003)
Series Writing credits
Victor Fresco (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Michael A. Ross (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
Jim Bernstein (2 episodes, 2002)
Jennifer Celotta (2 episodes, 2002)
Michael Shipley (2 episodes, 2002)
Tommy Blacha (2 episodes, 2003)

Series Produced by
Marc Solakian .... producer (19 episodes, 2001-2004)
Andy Ackerman .... co-executive producer / executive producer (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Victor Fresco .... executive producer (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Andy Richter .... producer / supervising producer (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Jennifer Celotta .... producer / supervising producer (18 episodes, 2002-2004)
Michael A. Ross .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (18 episodes, 2002-2004)
Jim Bernstein .... producer / co-producer (17 episodes, 2002-2004)
Lisa Iannone .... co-producer / associate producer (17 episodes, 2002-2004)
Michael Shipley .... producer / co-producer (17 episodes, 2002-2004)
Steve Baldikoski .... producer (9 episodes, 2002-2004)
Bryan Behar .... producer (9 episodes, 2002-2004)
Tim Doyle .... co-executive producer (9 episodes, 2002-2004)
Jay Dyer .... producer (9 episodes, 2002-2004)
Will Gluck .... supervising producer (9 episodes, 2002-2004)
Dave Jeser .... co-producer (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Eric Kaplan .... supervising producer (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Matthew Silverstein .... co-producer (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Rob Ulin .... co-executive producer (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Matthew Weiner .... supervising producer (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Series Original Music by
Greg Burns (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Jeff Burns (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Brian Kirk (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Series Cinematography by
Stephen C. Confer (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Victor Hammer (7 episodes, 2002-2004)
Levie Isaacks (2 episodes, 2002)
Series Film Editing by
Skip Collector (5 episodes, 2002-2004)
Steven Sprung (5 episodes, 2002-2003)
Steven Rasch (4 episodes, 2002-2003)
David Rogers (4 episodes, 2002)
Series Casting by
Jill Anthony (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Julie Mossberg (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Series Production Design by
Wendell Johnson (17 episodes, 2002-2004)
Series Set Decoration by
Amy Feldman (18 episodes, 2002-2004)
Series Costume Design by
Nanrose Buchman (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Series Makeup Department
Tommy Cole .... makeup artist (18 episodes, 2002-2004)
Maxine Morris .... hair stylist (18 episodes, 2002-2004)
Series Production Management
Jeffrey M. Zeitlin .... unit production manager (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
Judy Oseransky .... post-production supervisor (9 episodes, 2002-2004)
John E. Vohlers .... production manager (9 episodes, 2002-2004)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa J. Bloch .... second assistant director (14 episodes, 2002-2004)
Mark Tobey .... first assistant director (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Daniel Silverberg .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 2002-2004)
John Pontrelli .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 2003)
Brenda Kalosh .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 2002-2003)

Libby Minarik .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Joe Murphy .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Tony Chavez .... propmaker (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
David Galvan .... paint foreman (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Timothy Sheehan .... on-set dresser (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Greg Benson .... construction coordinator (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
David Baker .... property master (7 episodes, 2002-2003)

Amber Haley .... assistant set decorator (unknown episodes)
Jessica McDonald .... assistant property master (unknown episodes)
Manuel Plank-Jorge .... illustrator (unknown episodes)
Craig Raiche .... assistant property master (unknown episodes)
Anthony C. Thorpe .... property master (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Todd Grace .... sound re-recording mixer (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Randal S. Thomas .... supervising sound editor (17 episodes, 2002-2004)
Ken McLaughlin .... production sound mixer (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
C. Darin Knight .... production sound mixer / production mixer (9 episodes, 2002-2004)
Rudy Pi .... sound re-recording mixer (4 episodes, 2002-2003)
Charles Hamilton .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2002)
John Asman .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 2002)
Bill Thiederman .... sound re-recording mixer / re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 2002)
Doug Davey .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 2003)

Noel Vought .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Joe Murphy .... stunt coordinator (13 episodes, 2002-2004)

Ken Clark .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Bracamonte .... dimmer board operator (18 episodes, 2002-2004)
Don Muirhead .... camera operator / steadicam operator (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
Robert Ruiz .... first assistant camera (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
John Magallon .... chief lighting technician (12 episodes, 2002-2004)
Bill Witthans .... key grip (12 episodes, 2002-2004)
Lance Dickinson .... lighting technician (6 episodes, 2002)
Steve Galvin .... lighting technician (6 episodes, 2002)
Chris Hathaway .... lighting technician (6 episodes, 2002)
Roy Heath .... best boy (6 episodes, 2002)
Rusty Davis .... grip (5 episodes, 2002)
Victor Hammer .... director of photography: additional photography / additional photographer (3 episodes, 2002)

Gina Degirolamo .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
David Gasperik .... additional camera operator (unknown episodes)
Ryan Pilon .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Stephen Sfetku .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Richard Stevens .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Steve Tacon .... digital imaging technician (unknown episodes)
R. Gern Trowbridge .... dimmer board operator (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Sheila Guthrie .... casting executive (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
Helen Mossler .... casting executive (12 episodes, 2002-2004)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Austin Myers .... costume supervisor (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Suzanne Flores .... costumer (18 episodes, 2002-2004)
Susan Roberts .... set costumer (6 episodes, 2002)
Series Editorial Department
Bill Missett .... on-line editor (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Marc Wielage .... HD colorist (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Elliot Greenberg .... post-production assistant / post-production coordinator (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
Michael Broome .... assistant editor (8 episodes, 2002-2004)
Daniel S. Russ .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2002-2003)
Paul Todisco .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2002-2003)
Nicole Bottcher .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2002)

Kristen Reardon .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Emily Craig Macrae .... music editor (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Diane DeLouise Wessel .... music supervisor (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Series Transportation Department
Steven Salzman .... transportation coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Rebecca Asher .... script supervisor (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Carey Goldstein .... stand-in (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Joanne Oboyski .... production coordinator (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Jeremiah Leibowitz .... assistant to producer (17 episodes, 2002-2004)
Michael Uppendahl .... assistant to producer (17 episodes, 2002-2004)
Ben Mandelker .... assistant to producer (16 episodes, 2002-2004)
Tricia Taylor .... assistant to producer (16 episodes, 2002-2004)
Sue Mutter .... set production assistant / assistant to producers / ... (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
Tommy Blacha .... story editor (12 episodes, 2002-2004)
Elliot Greenberg .... assistant to producer / assistant to producers (10 episodes, 2002-2004)
Sharif Crawford .... assistant to producer (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Joey Trbovich .... assistant to producers / assistant to producer (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Hugh Adair .... assistant to producer (8 episodes, 2002-2004)
Bob Ellison .... creative consultant (8 episodes, 2002-2004)
Gail Haller .... production coordinator (8 episodes, 2002-2004)
Ray Lancon .... assistant to producer (8 episodes, 2002-2004)
Lorena Mora .... assistant to producer (8 episodes, 2002-2004)
Michael Fitzpatrick .... assistant to producer / assistant to producers (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
David Harris .... assistant to producer / assistant to producers (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Corey Nickerson .... assistant to producer (7 episodes, 2002-2004)
Darren King .... production accountant (6 episodes, 2002-2003)

Matt Drumm .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Sorel Kaire .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Terry McConico .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Kerry Ray .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Katy Schlesinger .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)

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30 min
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According to Paget Brewster, she had to test for the role of Jessica Green 3 times (even though it was written for her) due to her reputation of being a 'show killer'.See more »
Wendy:I've been doing a lot of thinking...
Keith:She has!
Wendy:And, Andy, you were kinda right. I didn't succeed with my dream of being a singer. So, I'm going to go to my second dream, which is having a family. That's why, today, I asked Keith to think about where this relationship is really going.
Keith:Hear that? I have some thinking to do!
Wendy:All right, I have to go!
Andy:[narrating] Here's what Keith did.
[Keith stands up and starts strangling Andy]
Andy:All right, that's not what really happened.
Keith:Fix it.
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
ANDY RICHTER IS THY LORD (initial reaction from a brother of the Church of Andy's Ass), 20 March 2002
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

As I am an avid Conan O'Brian fan, I am also an avid Andy Richter fan. You can find my review for Late Night with Conan O'Brian on IMDb, written the night of Andy's final episode, where I admit that I teared up. That's pathetic, I know, but Conan and Andy (and the rest of the Late Night crew, Max, Joel, Robot on the Toilet, et al.) are like dear friends to me. I feel that I could walk up to any one of them and they'd be perfectly cordial.

When I heard about Andy Richter Controls the Universe, sometime in April or May of 2001, I couldn't wait. And then, a month or so ago, promos started to run on Fox (and during whatever other air time they could afford) constantly. It began to get annoying and, what was worse, the promos were not very funny. I was scared. Andy Richter needs (and, moreover, deserves) a hit show.

Fortunately, the show was funny, at least the first episode was. It's about a Chicagoan who writes manuals in a large office building. Office comedies aren't exactly original - heck, half the shows of the 1990s and this new decade seem to take place in offices. But Andy's coworkers are funny and interesting people, so no worries there. The premise of the show is a bit more ambitious: Andy's imagination runs wild and he is constantly reimagining his life. We see these reworkings and other fantasies, and they are quite funny. Still, there have been similar sit-coms in the past. I think there has been at least one that is dangerously close in its premise, but the closest I can think of offhand is the brilliant (and underrated) HBO sitcom Dream On. Where did that show go?

What makes this show (this episode, anyway) worthwhile is thy God, Andy Richter. Sure, I'm biased, but Andy's just hilarious. And charming. There's a nice tinge of pathos around him, which gives the show more weight than it otherwise would have. Another thing to be thankful for is that there are no laughtracks. I suppose we should thank Malcolm in the Middle especially for that. The creators of that show had to fight Fox in order to be rid of the manipulative recordings, and it paid off (though that show is already, in only, what, it's fourth year, past its prime). Let's hope that Andy Richter Controls My Universe stays as funny in subsequent episodes, and perhaps even get better.

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