When the Season 16 cast of “Dancing with the Stars” was revealed last week and Andy Dick was named as one of the contestants, everyone was thinking, “Are they crazy?”
Including Andy Dick.
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The unpredictable comedian, who’s perhaps more known for his wild antics and arrest record than his professional resume these days, admits that including him on one of TV’s top shows (and a family friendly one at that) was a risky decision on behalf of the “DWTS” producers.
“THE Andy Dick is a very risky guy,” the comedian told “Entertainment Tonight.” “You know what you’re signing up for.”
Watch Andy Dick Candidly Discuss His Casting on “DWTS” Below:
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“DWTS” host Tom Bergeron has already warned us about the inevitable “Dick” jokes to come this season, but puns on Andy Dick’s name is likely the least of their worries.
Clearly, the producers were worried about the potential for “Dancing” disaster by unleashing Andy Dick in the ballroom on live TV, something that could make the legendary, zany Cloris Leachman look tame.
“I had to have a meeting with them,” Andy explains of how he ended up on the show. “And I think they basically just wanted me to show up … not drunk. Isn’t that sad?”
Although he claims he’s gotten his life together recently, “ET” asked the question that’s on everyone’s mind: Is Andy worried about maintaining his sobriety? The rigors of competing on “DWTS” are notoriously grueling.
“Everybody seems concerned,” Andy admits. “In fact, later on today I have a meeting with my therapist, and I have a case manager, believe it or not – there’s no case, which is weird, it’s just the case of Andy and alcohol – there’s no legal thing,” he explains.
The comedian’s personal troubles stem from his battle with addiction that has led to multiple arrests. Andy’s rap sheet dates back to 1999 and includes a variety of charges, including drug possession, public intoxication, sexual abuse and sexual battery. His most recent arrest took place on May 3, 2011, when he was arrested on a misdemeanor of public intoxication at a restaurant in Temecula, Calif.
Certainly having a therapist and handler around should help, but if anybody is going to keep the wild man in line, it’s Andy’s pro partner, “DWTS” newcomer Sharna Burgess.
“I am going to push him hard,” Sharna says to “ET.” “This is a competition, and I know he’s a competitive person, so I think he can handle it.”
“Choreographically, I’m still trying to figure out what he’s capable of,” she says, “but as far as the hours of working and perfecting what we do, there is going to be no give on that.”
While the Australian dancer surely sounds like a force to reckon with — watch Andy’s reaction to her comments in the clip above — the Vegas oddsmakers put Andy Dick at the very bottom of the list for his chances of winning the mirror ball trophy, with 35 to 1 odds.
The new season of “DWTS” premieres Monday, March 18 at 8/7c on ABC.