ANDY DICK: "I Know What Sober Is..;" He Played in Series with Word in the Title, Now It's For Real

by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
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  HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) – A comedian, whose screen career has an ironic blend of animated family friendly “voice of” roles along with the provocative dysfunctional characters such as Coach Rick Vice in the upcoming “Division III: America’s Finest,” faced arraignment on felony charges in Cabell County Circuit Court Friday morning, July 29.

Andy Dick has pushed the edge on stage and screen , as well as his personal life blemished by drug and assault charges.

The Huntington, WV charges stem from an incident at a bar across the street after an appearance at the now closed Funny Bone Comedy Club. He has been charged with groping two mens genitals, both felonies. Dick’s attorneys maintain he was joking.

A bartender and a club patron , including witnesses, allege Dick “engaged in unwanted and uninvited groping of the two victims genital area,” according to the Jan 23, 2010 incident report by the Huntington Police Department. The incident occurred at Rumrunners.

A grand jury has indicted him on two felony counts of sexual assault.

Known for alcohol and drug problems, Cabell Circuit Judge Paul Ferrell, a former federal prosecutor, warned the comedian about drug testing as part of the conditions that he remain free on $50,000 bond. Judge Ferrell indicated that a urine sample would be taken Friday, but gave him a break on today’s sample, inferring he may test positive.

Scene VH-1's "Sober House"
Scene VH-1's "Sober House"
Ferrell expects him to pass alcohol and drug testing on September 29, the day set for a pre-trial conference. If he flunk the urine test on the date of the pre-trial hearing, he will be immediately incarcerated, Ferrell said.

“I know what sober is,” Dick responded.

Dick has entered a not guilty plea. The case is scheduled for trial in January 2012.

Prior to entering the courthouse, Dick was served with court papers from a Texas case. The complaint stems from a claim that Dick exposed his genitals at a Dallas performance.

Dick in 2008 pleaded guilty to drug and battery charges in California. He has been charged with drunk and disorderly conduct in May of this year at a California restaurant.

The blonde, glasses-wearing comedian is best remembered for a part on NBC’s long running “NewsRadio” and the role of Owen Kronsky in the “Less Than Perfect” series which ran 2002-2006 and “Clone High” 2002-2003. On MTV, he hosted a one season run of “The Andy Dick Show.”

"House Arrest with Andy Dick" from Comedy Central
"House Arrest with Andy Dick" from Comedy Central
In 2010, he played a pharmacist in the “Kissing Strangers” independent movie with his son, Lucas. . He has played a stand up comic on “Live Nude Comedy,” appeared in an episode of “Sober House.” and the 2009, “House Arrest with Andy Dick.” You can watch scenes from the Comedy Central show by clicking: http://www.atom.com/channel/channel_andy_dick. Or click here for clips of post-celebrity rehab,"Sober House." http://blog.vh1.com/2008-12-19/sober-house-coming-soon-to-vh1.

On the big screen, he was the voice of Boingo the Bunny in “Hoodwinked Too: Hood v. Evil,” Olga in “Zoolander,” the voice of Nuka in “Lion King II: Simba’s Pride,” and the voice of Mambo in “Happily N ‘Ever After.” He also appeared in “Blonde Ambition,” “The Comebacks,” “Employee of the Month,” “Not Another High School Show,” “Old School,” and “Dude, Where’s My Car.”

Editor's Note: "House Arrest" and "Sober House" were shot prior to Mr. Dick's Huntington charges. Thus, the content does not reflect any commentary on the WV incident.

Poster, "Kissing Strangers"
Poster, "Kissing Strangers"

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