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The Chicago Comedy Film Festival has announced the decision to pull the Andy Dick documentary Everybody Has An Andy Dick Story from festival programming following allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct on two separate films.
“With the accusations being investigated we do not feel it is appropriate to showcase the documentary and have him attend our event,” comments Artistic Director Jessica Hardy. “This goes beyond Andy Dick. Society and the film industry has been dealing with a black cloud of harassment and silence for too long. Chicago has had numerous allegations in our comedy community recently come to the surface with little public recognition. There are too many victims asking to be heard. Our festival does not want to be part of perpetuating or silencing this negative culture.
Comedy is often revered as an art form where you can cross the line. Andy Dick was known for doing just this. Blurring lines and pushing boundaries can be funny. But sexual harassment is not, and never has or will be, funny.
Now is the time to start expecting more integrity in entertainment, comedy, and society. Our festival’s mission since day one has been to ‘champion comedy as a vital art form,’ and we will continue to do that.”
Dick moved to Chicago in 1979, attended Columbia College Chicago, joined Second City and studied improv at iO Chicago. In 1992 Dick joined THE BEN STILLER SHOW followed by numerous TV appearances before developing THE ANDY DICK SHOW with MTV in 2001. He was roasted on THE HOWARD STERN SHOW in 2007 and has since bounced from reality series to reality series, including DANCING WITH THE STARS and CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP.
Information on programming to replace the film’s November 11th screening will be announced shortly.