Funnyman D.L. Hughley is still in last place on the "Dancing With the Stars" leaderboard heading into Tuesday night’s first elimination show, but the funnyman won a victory of sorts Monday with his much-improved quickstep with pro partner Cheryl Burke.
After their dance, Hughley joked to co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet that he and Cheryl "were doing our Whitney (Houston) and Bobby (Brown) imitation for a little while," referring to the duo’s tense spat that was shown in the pre-taped video segment shown before their dance.
Did Hughley plan the remark about the late pop singer’s reported tumultuous relationship with her ex -- or did it hit him in the moment?
"Of course, it was spontaneous," Hughley told The Clicker after taping. "Let’s be realistic -- I’m a comedian. Even if I danced the quickstep to perfection, people aren’t ever going to watch me do it (outside of this show). They want me to try hard while I’m here."
So Hughley’s remark begs the question -- who’s the Bobby and who’s the Whitney in their dynamic?
"I’m ‘Bobby,’" quipped Burke, hastening to add that the tension shown in the video package was a mere few moments of a week-long rehearsal. "D.L. did an amazing job. You can’t even compare his performance from last week. He put so much time into rehearsals and he worked so hard."
"I feel exactly the same way,” Hughley added. “I know if I work hard, I’ll keep improving."
Still, going into Tuesday night’s elimination with a mere 28 points means Hughley could be going home. But no one can take away his improvement from Monday night.
"No matter what happens, I didn’t let the bully take my lunch money," he said.
Hughley wasn’t the only star to get improved comments (if not improved-enough scores) from the judges. Actor-comedian Andy Dick (who had the support from former cast members of his sitcom "Less Than Perfect" in the audience Monday) recalled getting a rise out of judge Len Goodman during his Mad Hatter-themed jazz dance.
"I saw Len biting his lips so he wouldn’t laugh," Dick said. "We (actually) made him laugh."
Dick’s partner, Sharna Burgess, seemed to be handling her role as Dick’s pro partner, therapist and BFF like a seasoned pro -- not someone brand new to the show.
"Yeah, I’ve been in the industry for a long time," she told The Clicker. "I’ve been on Broadway and made my mark as a dancer. This is about being here for Andy’s journey."
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