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 Mick Napier.
He then worked with in Chicago with improvisation groups, including Annoyance Theater, Gambrinus King of Beer, Comedy Underground, and Improvolympia.
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 31, and 6'2". He recently married Sarah Thyre, an actress.