Sam Richardson (actor)

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Sam Richardson
Born (1984-01-12) January 12, 1984 (age 35)
OccupationActor, writer, comedian
Years active2007–present
Notable work

Sam Richardson (born January 12, 1984)[1][2] is an American actor, writer, and comedian. He played Richard Splett in the series Veep and co-starred in Detroiters opposite Tim Robinson. In 2019, he portrayed Alf in the YouTube Premium series Champaign ILL.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Richardson was born and raised in Detroit.[1] His father is African American and his mother is from Ghana.[5][6] Once or twice a year, the family would travel to Ghana, where Richardson’s grandfather, W. A. Wiafe, was a chief and local political leader.[7] Richardson graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy in 2002[8] and studied theater at Wayne State University.[9] Early in his career, Richardson performed at the Second City sketch theatre group in Detroit and then in Chicago.[10] At Second City, Richardson was known for his range of characters, from sight gags to impressions of public figures.[3]


Following a move to Los Angeles, he received parts on television including appearing on six episodes, including the series finale of The Office and a season 4 episode of Arrested Development.[10] He has also appeared on episodes of Drunk History, New Girl, The Teachers, and six episodes of Harder Than It Looks. Richardson currently plays the role of Richard Splett on the HBO comedy Veep, first appearing in four episodes during season 3 as the handler for Selina Meyer during her Iowa book tour.[11] During season 4, Richardson was made a regular cast member of the show,[10][12][13] after his character received a job offer in President Meyer's administration as an assistant to the character Jonah.[14] He has also appeared in films including We're the Millers, Horrible Bosses 2, Spy,[11] Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and Ghostbusters.[15]


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.[16] 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."[17] Detroiters ran for two seasons before its cancellation by Comedy Central in 2018.[18]


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, and 2017 Screen Actor Guild Awards for his work on Veep, winning in 2018.


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Planning Lady Police Officer Short film
2010 Superman vs. The Office Sam Short film
2012 Harder Than It Looks Sam TV series; 6 episodes
2013 We're the Millers TSA Agent
The Rule of Threes Jeff Short film
Crash Site Ben Short film
Arrested Development TSA Agent Episode: "Flight of the Phoenix"
The Office Colin 6 episodes
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 The Producer
2014–2019 Veep Richard Splett Main role; 40 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2018)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2015-2017)
2015 Spy John
2015 The Night Is Young Sam
Drunk History Jim Brown 1 episode
The Sixth Lead Security Guard TV series (2 episodes)
The Second City Project Various 10 episodes
Also writer
Nominated – Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series
2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Eric Baiers
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Eric
Ghostbusters Basement Cop
Office Christmas Party Joel
Teachers Mr. Jackson Episode: "The Last Day"
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 The House Marty
2017–2018 Detroiters Sam Duvet TV series
2018 Game Over, Man! Donald
Ralph Breaks the Internet Lee The Office Nerd (voice)
Champaign ILL Alf 10 episodes
2018-2019 Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Muninn (voice) Main role
2019 Good Boys Officer Sacks
Super Intelligence Donahue
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson Various[19] 2 episodes
Archer Bort the Garj[20] 2 episodes
Human Discoveries Bog 9 episodes; voice
Room 104 Greg Episode: "Drywall Guys"
TBA Bailey and Darla Bailey
TBA Promising Young Woman Paul Post-production
TBA Ghost Draft Filming


  1. ^ a b "Sam Richardson (@SamRichardson)". Sam Richardson verified Twitter account. Archived from the original on November 9, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017. Born and raised in Detroit. ... Born January 12
  2. ^ Bazilian, Emma (June 21, 2016). "Veep Star Sam Richardson's New Comedy Central Show Is About Local Ad Guys in Detroit". Retrieved June 15, 2017. Age: 32
  3. ^ a b Chicago Tribune (30 April 2015). "Sam Richardson: from Second City to Veep - Chicago Tribune".
  4. ^ "Sam Richardson Keeps His Streak Alive with Champaign ILL". Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  5. ^ "Sam Richardson of 'Veep' is winning at comedy". Detroit Free Press. 12 March 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Sam Richardson Talks 'Veep' Season 4 & Growing Up in Ghana on 'White Guy Talk Show' - Fuse". Fuse.
  7. ^ "Veep's Sam Richardson on Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Getting Cut Out of Melissa McCarthy's 'Spy'". Playboy. 10 April 2015. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016.
  8. ^ "U of D Jesuit Highlights" (PDF). University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. Fall 2015. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  9. ^ Chicago Tribune (30 April 2015). "Sam Richardson: from Second City to Veep - Chicago Tribune". Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  10. ^ a b c "New 'Veep' co-star Sam Richardson is the chief of laughs". New York Post. 11 April 2015.
  11. ^ a b Nellie Andreeva (2014-09-17). "Sam Richardson Promoted To Regular On 'Veep' - Deadline". Deadline.
  12. ^ Harry Fletcher (18 September 2014). "Veep's Sam Richardson becomes regular". Digital Spy.
  13. ^ "Sam Richardson made 'Veep' series regular". Entertainment Weekly's
  14. ^ "Sam Richardson Talks 'Veep'". 9 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Sam Richardson Thinks The 2016 Election Is More Absurd Than 'Veep'". Huffington Post.
  16. ^ "Comedy Central Orders Detroiters Pilot".
  17. ^ "'Detroiters' sitcom will film in Detroit". Detroit Free Press. 21 January 2016.
  18. ^ "Seth Meyers Pleads to Save Canceled Comedy Central Series 'Detroiters'". 2018-12-15. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
  19. ^ "Sam Richardson".
  20. ^ "Sam Richardson".

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