| Actor, writer, comedian|
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Veep, Mike and Dave Need Wedding, Spy, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Horrible Bosses 2
Jake Szymanski, Alice Wetterlund, T J Miller, Randall Park, Vanessa Bayer
Sam Richardson is an American actor, writer, and comedian, known for playing Richard Splett in the TV series Veep.
Sam Richardson (actor) Wikipedia
Richardson was born in Detroit and raised in both Detroit and in Ghana, West Africa, as his father is American and his mother is Ghanaian. 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. Richardson 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 sketch theatre group in Detroit and then in Chicago. At Second City, Richardson was known for his range of characters, from sight gags to impressions of public figures.
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. 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. 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, 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 produce 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."
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 Screen Actor Guild awards for his work on Veep.