Comedian Andy Dick is as well known for his embarrassing scrapes with the law as he is for his work on Comedy Central and the TV shows “NewsRadio” and “Less Than Perfect.” For years, Andy’s bad behavior was no laughing matter, as he piled up bizarre public intoxication, indecent exposure, drug possession, and groping incidents.
But now, Andy hopes to change his image on the new season of “Dancing with the Stars.” The funnyman, who is partnered with one of the ABC show’s new pro dancers, Sharna Burgess, recently told xfinitTV how far he’s come to be able to give the ballroom a try.
Why did you decide to do “DWTS”?
Well, I don’t know if you know, but they asked me to do it [for the] first season and I said, “Please don’t ask me again.” It was too scary; I wasn’t ready. I’m not a dancer. And 16 seasons later, and I’ve been saying, 13 rehabs later, I’m ready! And it’s a good thing. I need this in my life and I’m excited. And I have the best dance partner ever, Sharna. She’s new [to "DWTS"] and just look at her!
What previous dance experience have you had?
A tap class when I was 15 but that’s also when I started drinking. And look which one took over! [Laughs]
Since then, have you danced at parties?
Yeah. I could do some freestyle. But there is no category called ‘Napoleon Dynamite.’ That’s what I look like.
What other skills will you bring to “DWTS”?
My strength in the dancing category is literally Sharna. Sharna is an amazing dancer and also, she’s one of the choreographers on the show and so, I know the man is supposed to lead in the dancing, but right now I’m leaning all on her!
How would you describe the controversies in your life?
Horrible. That’s just not me. I want to let America to see the real me — and rediscover it for myself.
What changed in your life the past couple of years that made you ready for this?
I don’t know, but I do know I’ve been struggling ever since I picked up a drink and then life got super hard in my 20s, especially my late 20s, when a lot of my friends started dying and then my go-to thing was alcohol. It’s either you keep drinking and die, or you stop, and I’ve been stopping over and over and over for awhile, and I’m done with that. I’m 47 years old; pardon the expression, but it’s time to crap or get off the pot. Let’s do this.
Are you concerned about the physical challenges of “DWTS”?
That’s why I have Sharna. Sharna keeps saying, “Balance, Andy, balance,” and they don’t let us rehearse for more than five hours during the first week, which is great, because I’m very excessive. It came into play when I was drinking, and now I don’t want to overdo it and rip something because then you’re out of the game. You can’t do any waltz with crutches. Have they done that?
Will your kids be in your rooting section?
I have a 24-year-old son, an 18-year-old son, and a 15-year-old daughter. They will be there for every show. We’re very close!
Season 16 of “Dancing with the Stars” premieres Monday, March 18 at 8/7c on ABC.