Sam Richardson (born January 12, 1984) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known for playing Richard Splett in the HBO political comedy series Veep (2012–2019), co-creating and co-starring in the Comedy Central comedy series Detroiters (2017–2018) alongside Tim Robinson, and playing various characters in the Netflix sketch show I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (2019–present), and co-starring in the Apple TV+ series The Afterparty (2022). In 2022, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance in Ted Lasso.
|Born||January 12, 1984|
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Richardson was born in Detroit on January 12, 1984, the son of a Ghanaian mother and an African-American father. His aunt was Barbara-Rose Collins (née Richardson), who in 1990 became the first black woman from Michigan to be elected to United States Congress. Once or twice a year, Richardson would travel with his parents to Ghana, where his grandfather was a chief and local political leader. He graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy in 2002, and studied theater at Wayne State University.
Early in his career, Richardson performed at the Second City in Detroit and then in Chicago. At Second City, he was known for a wide range of characters, from sight gags to impressions of public figures.
Following a move to Los Angeles, Richardson appeared in six episodes (including the series finale) of The Office and a season 4 episode of Arrested Development. He has also appeared on episodes of Drunk History, New Girl, Teachers, and six episodes of Harder Than It Looks. He played Richard Splett on the HBO political comedy series Veep, first appearing in four episodes during season 3 as the handler for Selina Meyer during her Iowa book tour. During season 4, Richardson was made a regular cast member of the show, after his character received a job offer in President Meyer's administration as an assistant to the character Jonah. He has also appeared in films including We're the Millers, Horrible Bosses 2, Spy, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and Ghostbusters.
In 2015, Comedy Central ordered a pilot for the series Detroiters, created by Richardson and Tim Robinson. The show stars Richardson and Robinson, who also co-wrote and co-executive produced the series with others. Comedy Central then ordered ten episodes of the series, which began shooting in the Detroit area in 2016. According to Detroit Free Press, "In the series, Richardson and Robinson play struggling advertising men in Detroit who make local TV commercials. The plot was inspired partly by the classic Detroit ads they grew up watching, including the Mel Farr Superstar and Gordy from ABC Warehouse campaigns." Detroiters ran for two seasons before its cancellation by Comedy Central in 2018.
In 2016, Richardson was nominated for the Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble) award at the Canadian Screen Awards for his work on The Second City Project. He was also nominated for the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at the 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards for his work on Veep, winning the last one. In 2018, he began playing Alf in the YouTube Premium series Champaign ILL. Since 2019, he has played various characters in the Netflix sketch show I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson.
|2007||The Planning Lady||Police Officer||Short film|
|2010||Superman vs. The Office||Sam||Short film|
|2013||We're the Millers||TSA Agent|
|2013||The Rule of Threes||Jeff||Short film|
|2013||Crash Site||Ben||Short film|
|2014||Horrible Bosses 2||The Producer|
|2015||The Night Is Young||Sam|
|2016||Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising||Eric Baiers|
|2016||Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates||Eric Huddle|
|2016||Office Christmas Party||Joel|
|2018||Game Over, Man!||Donald|
|2018||Ralph Breaks the Internet||Lee the Office Nerd (voice)|
|2019||Good Boys||Officer Sacks|
|2020||Promising Young Woman||Paul|
|2020||Superintelligence||Agent John Donahue|
|2020||Hooking Up||Bailey Brighton|
|2021||Werewolves Within||Finn Wheeler||Also producer|
|2021||The Tomorrow War||Charlie|
|2022||Family Squares||Alex||Also V Camera Operator|
|2022||Senior Year||Seth Novacelik|
|2022||Hocus Pocus 2||Filming|
|2012||Harder Than It Looks||Sam||6 episodes|
|2013||Arrested Development||TSA Agent||Episode: "Flight of the Phoenix"|
|2013||The Office||Colin||6 episodes|
|2014–2019||Veep||Richard Splett||40 episodes|
|2015||Drunk History||Jim Brown||Episode: "Cleveland"|
|2015||The Sixth Lead||Security Guard||2 episodes|
|2015||The Second City Project||Various||10 episodes; Also writer|
|2016||Teachers||Mr. Jackson||Episode: "The Last Day"|
|2016||Son of Zorn||Businessman||Episode: "Return to Orange County"|
|2016||Lip Sync Battle||Himself||Episode: "Sam Richardson vs. T.J. Miller"|
|2016, 2018||New Girl||Dunston||Episodes: "The Apartment" and "Where The Road Goes"|
|2017||Portlandia||Amore Rep||Episode: "Amore"|
|2017–2018||Detroiters||Sam Duvet||20 episodes; also writer and executive producer|
|2017||The Comedy Jam||Himself||Episode: "Sam Richardson/Jesse Tyler Ferguson/Awkwafina"|
|2018||Champaign ILL||Alf||10 episodes; also executive producer|
|2018–2019||Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Muninn||Voice; Main role|
|2018||Dessert Island||Sandor||Voice; Unknown episodes|
|2018||Ghosted||Sam||Episode: "The Wire"|
|2019||Relics and Rarities||Ionis Leatherfoot||Episode: "The Trial of the Hidden Ones"|
|2019-2021||I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson||Various||3 episodes|
|2019||Archer||Bort the Garj||Voice; 2 episodes|
|2019||Human Discoveries||Bog||Voice; 9 episodes|
|2019||Room 104||Greg||Episode: "Drywall Guys"|
|2019–2020||BoJack Horseman||Dr. Champ||Voice; 5 episodes|
|2019||Conan Without Borders||Himself||Episode: "Ghana"|
|2020||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Will Cooper||Episode: "The Spite Store"|
|2020||Star Trek: Lower Decks||Vendome||Voice; Episode: "Temporal Edict"|
|2020||Dream Corp, LLC||Patient 44||Episode: "Tricky Ricky"|
|2020–2021||The Fungies!||Cool James/Mr. Mayor||Voice; Recurring roles|
|2020||Hoops||Marcus||Voice; Recurring role|
|2020||Woke||Toast||Voice; 3 episodes|
|2021||M.O.D.O.K.||Garfield "Gary" Garoldson||Voice; Main role|
|2021||HouseBroken||Chico||Voice; Main role|
|2021||Q-Force||Greg||Voice; 3 episodes|
|2021||Nailed It!||Himself||Episode: "Paranormal Pastries"|
|2021||Ted Lasso||Edwin Akufo||2 episodes|
|2022||The Afterparty||Aniq||Main role|
|2022||Harley Quinn||Swamp Thing||Voice; Episode: "It's a Swamp Thing"|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2015||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Veep||Nominated|
|2022||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Ted Lasso||Pending|||
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Born and raised in Detroit. ... Born January 12
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- "Sam Richardson Thinks The 2016 Election Is More Absurd Than 'Veep'". Huffington Post. 5 May 2016.
- "Comedy Central Orders Detroiters Pilot". pastemagazine.com.
- "'Detroiters' sitcom will film in Detroit". Detroit Free Press. 21 January 2016.
- "Seth Meyers Pleads to Save Canceled Comedy Central Series 'Detroiters'". www.thewrap.com. 2018-12-15. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
- "Sam Richardson Keeps His Streak Alive with Champaign ILL". pastemagazine.com. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
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- Wright, Megh (June 14, 2019). "Conan to film show in Haiti in response to Trump's 's---hole' comments". Vulture. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
- "Nominees / Winners 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards". Emmy Awards. Retrieved July 31, 2022.