Louie Anderson to make a splash at McCurdy's in Sarasota

June 13, 2013 

Louie Anderson's off the couch.

In January, the famously girthy comic got a call inviting him to be on a celebrity diving show on ABC called "Splash." It was, as they say, out of his comfort zone, but he decided to get off the couch and do it.

"That's what I was doing, I was sitting on the couch, so I said, y'know, 'Why not?' " Anderson said in a phone interview from Denver, were he's staying with friends while he's working on some new projects.

As it turned out, he got hurt pretty badly when he dove incorrectly and hit the water hard.

"I think everybody got hurt here and there," he said. "I'm all better now," he said. "Every once in a while my stomach hurts, but I think it's psychosomatic."

Still, the experience, led him to start a "get off the couch" movement, aimed at getting overweight people to start doing just a bit of exercise, even just walking little bit.

He's getting exercise himself, working on a book and he has a reality TV show in the works "about living in a 400-pound body."

And he'll be at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre in Sarasota this weekend for four shows.

His stand-up routine, he said, is full of F-words.

"Family, food, fat and over 50," he said. "I do all the F-words. And I talk about 'Splash' too, because people seem to like to hear that story."

Details: June 14-15, McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 3333 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Show times: 7 and 9:15 p.m. Tickets: $26-$34, Information: 941-925-3869, www.mccurdyscomedy.com.

-- Marty Clear

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