“Heeere’s Johnny,” And Some Of The Best Sidekicks In Late-Night Television History

When it comes to late-night television, a host is only as good as the people they can bounce their jokes and discussions off, aka a sidekick. Whether it’s bouncing one-liners back and forth or just laughing for the sake of getting the audience involved, a sidekick has the ability to make or break a late-night show.

From Ed McMahon’s “heeere’s Johnny” opener to Guillermo Rodriguez dressing as a cowboy for a segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, good sidekicks are a must-have in late-night television. So strap on in because heeere’s a list of some of the best sidekicks in late-night history.

Andy Richter Was Conan O’Brien’s Sidekick For Seven Years

Originally, Andy Richter was hired as a writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien. But just weeks before the show first aired in 1993, the actor was promoted to being Conan O’Brien’s sidekick during the late-night show. Then, after seven years of funny quips and witty rapport, Richter said goodbye to the show.

Andy Richter Was Conan O'Brien's Sidekick For Seven Years
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While Richter and O’Brien had a great relationship working with one another, the former was getting itchy doing the same thing every night. During an interview, he explained his reason for leaving the late-night show, saying, “You should see how much you can stretch your good fortune. And I was curious.” Since moving TBS, Richter has returned to the role that made him famous.