Series: Andy Richter Controls The Universe
Andy Richter Controls the Universe was a 2002-2003 Fox Work Com series from Victor Fresco, who later made Better Off Ted. A total of 19 episodes in two seasons. It was the first series to star Andy Richter since his departure from Late Night with Conan O Brien.
This show provides examples of:
- Air-Vent Passageway: Andy liquors up Jessica's cat, causing it to run wild and enter the vents, causing Andy to go in after her. A segment of the vents collapses under Andy.
- Better as Friends: Andy and Jessica. They get along so well they tried dating in the backstory, but there was no flame.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Conan O'Brien has a guest role as the new owner of the company, whom people assume is an eccentric genius, but it soon turns out he's full on crazy.
- Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: When Byron has to abstain from sex for three months for a religious ritual, suddenly a beautiful woman is throwing herself at him.
- Imagine Spot: Very common.
- Lemony Narrator: Andy, an aspiring writer, sometimes embellishes his narration to make things sound more interesting than they are.
- Mistaken for Gay: After accidentally winding up in Byron's bed during a hotel trip, everyone thinks Andy is gay. He winds up sleeping with an Abhorrent Admirer in order to get people to think he's straight again.
- Mistaken for Racist: After Andy launches into a minor tirade against the Irish, Andy's black coworker reveals he's Irish and takes it up with their boss. When the boss learns that the complaint is about the Irish, not blacks, their boss responds with a resounding "... so what?" This process repeats until one of the bosses is an Irishman.
- Name's the Same: A major character on the show is Keith Richards.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: Keith has been able to cruise through life on his looks.
- Scylla and Charybdis: After being Mistaken for Racist and going to mandatory therapy, Andy no longer saw people in terms of race. This led to him being criticized for not celebrating everyone's differences. This leads to the Spoof Aesop "you have to celebrate everyone's differences, while ignoring them at the same time."
- Twofer Token Minority: "We're all the name, but Different" has the main cast competing to find someone to fill a job opening, with the reward of a $5000 finders fee. Knowing they're looking for diversity, they try to one-up each other, culminating in Keith Richards having found a one armed, gay, native American little person (... who sadly wasn't a technical writer, but still).
- Twin Switch: One episode has a pair of twins both dating Jessica. However, in a twist, she secretly knows about it and takes advantage of it since one is brilliant and engaging, but worthless in bed, while the other is a sexual dynamo, but dumb as a rock.
- Unrequited Love: Andy for Wendy, at least in the beginning of the series.
- You Know I'm Black, Right?: Done by Andy's black co-worker, although in this case he was letting Andy know he's Irish.
- Values Dissonance: In-universe, Andy has imaginary arguments with the Gilded Age-era founder of his company based on this trope.