Friday, December 21, 2007
Happy Birthday to the Little Angel Clown Who... That Cried
Andy Dick turns 42 today. Andy, as you probably know, is one of the greatest sketch comedians of our day, first on the much-missed "Ben Stiller Show," then on his own MTV show. The extended centerpiece of the premiere of that MTV series, a mock autobiography called "The Little Angel Clown Who... That Cried," is one of the most brilliant comedic pieces I've ever seen.
Of course, no one much respects sketch comedy, which is most often seen as a gateway to a sitcom or second-rate movies, unless you're on "Saturday Night Live," or even sometimes then. Andy was great on "NewsRadio," but I don't think he's really cut out to have a whole sitcom built around him. What he needs is another "Ben Stiller Show," but he's not going to get it.
The other day I posted a Legends of Springsteen sketch starring Janeane Garofalo; Andy Dick did one, too, and it's maybe even funnier than Janeane's. One of the fun things to do with this one is to try to place the setting given Andy's accent; I'm guessing Galesburg, Illinois.