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Holiday laughs of all varieties at Andy Dick's Stocking Stuffer show

Brian Gaar
Andy Dick

Andy Dick isn't at all how I'd imagined him.

On the phone, he's low-key and friendly. Even apologized when he had to take another call, and promised to call me back.

Isn't this the guy with the well-publicized issues, the guy who gets arrested during gigs and dragged off the stage on Jimmy Kimmel?

What sort of show can we expect, then, when Dick comes to Emo's on Saturday? (I mean, besides "adults only.")

Dick's answer was even a bit unexpected. The show, he said, will be "multi-layered."

For starters, there will be music from Whiskey Dick, then some standup comedy from Austin stalwarts JT Habersaat and Mack Lindsay.

And Dick's 22-year-old son, Lucas Dick, will also perform. Wait, Andy Dick's son does standup?

Wait, Andy dick has a son?

"I tried to discourage him (from standup)," Dick said. "I really did."

But Dick's own performance won't be traditional standup comedy at all. Instead, there will be lots of storytelling and some characters, he said. And then there's music. Dick will perform with his comedy band, "Andy Dick and the Bitches of the Century." (To hear him tell it, the 15-year-old band sounds like mostly Dick, with some local pickup performers.)

"I'm actually dusting off some old Christmas songs" from the group's back catalog, he said.

Like what?

Like "Gassy Jesus," he said.

What?

It's about a "little baby Christ child, who is a little colicky," he said.

Oh.

There's also a possibility that he'll bring out his "Daphne Aguilera" character, a pseudo relation to Christina who is "quite vile," he said.

The swing through Austin is part of a mini-Texas tour of Dick's show that also includes Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

It's a show that ran into some trouble earlier this year, when Dick was performing in West Virginia. Reports at the time said Dick was arrested after groping people. Dick told me that he kissed a male patron, his girlfriend got upset, and the cops got involved.

After a brief stint in jail, some of Dick's subsequent shows were performed with police officers around the stage.

Cops around the stage? That sounds like The Doors, circa late-'60s.

Dick agreed. Coincidentally, one of his friends calls him the "Lizard King."

"I only agree, in that we've both gone to jail for doing shows," Dick said. "I'm not Jim Morrison at all, and we're not the Doors."

Andy Dick's Stocking Stuffer show