For kamikaze comedians, theres a split-second just before impact when the laugh track gets so crazy that it sounds like someones screaming. Too often in cases such as Lenny Bruce, John Belushi, or Sam Kinison theres no time left to bail. But now and again, some drugged-out joker miraculously survives. And, last summer, that lucky exception was 42-year-old man-child Andy Dick. After more than a decade packed with DUIs, indecent exposure, and public urination, Dicks laugh-scream moment came during his booze- and Xanax-fueled freakout of July 2008. By most accounts, he hit rock bottom somewhere near Murieta, California, getting arrested for among other things tearing the tank top off a teenage girl. Then, following a plea deal in October, the comic was equipped with an alcohol-monitoring anklet; a drink means jail.
Now, fresh off a stint with VH1s reality show Sober House, a rehabilitated Mr. Dick is touring his one-man show about the trials and tribulations of addiction. But even clean, theres bound to be raunch, and ironically, the Improv's sticking to its two-drink minimum rule.
Thu., March 19, 8:30 p.m., 2009