Louie Anderson, whose funny, wrenching1991 best-seller, Dear Dad: Letters from an Adult Child became a touchstone for countless readers coping with alcoholic, abusive parents, is in discussions to bring the work to the stage.
“That’s something no one knows about yet,” reveals Anderson. It would likely be a one-man show in which he’d “read the letters, perform the comedy, make it current,” he tells us.
The lingering impact of the emotion-charged Dear Dad is such that “as recently as yesterday someone wrote me on Twitter and said how much it had helped them.” But, he notes, it would be nice to present the material in a new and different way.
Tonight (3/5) Anderson unveils his “Louie Anderson: Big Baby Boomer” standup special on CMT. “It’s my best work in a long time. I felt 25 again when I was doing it,” he says of the show — in which he takes on some of the absurdities of his (and many people’s) relationship with food. “It’s kind of the drug of the new century,” he finds. “What I try to do is not trivialize it, but talk about what lengths I go to, trying to be a healthier person with less results than I like,” he says.
He feels right at home on CMT, where, he points out, “They have a lot of great comedy. Jeff Foxwortthy, Larry the Cable Guy — all the Blue Collar stuff. The group of people who like them are also my fans. I’m just really thankful that, probably since the beginning of my career I’ve had a lot of country fans, because I have a completely clean show. My first gigs were with Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Glen Campbell, because I had a clean, family-friendly show. It’s just my style, what I’m comfortable doing,” says Louie, who is the comic in residence at Las Vegas’ Palace Station Hotel.
“I mean, on the rest of the menu of comedy, there’s so much to choose from, you can get your fill of naughty, nasty and ‘Oh, my God, did he say that?!’ It’s just not in my wheelhouse to do that,” he says with a shrug. “I want you to be able to watch with your kids, your mom and dad, your grandma, those people you know. You’ve heard a lot of talk lately about how television has gotten nastier. I still think there’s as big an audience for people who want family-friendly TV.”