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|Andrew Dice Clay|
||Andrew Clay Silverstein|
||September 29, 1957 (1957-09-29) |
Brownsville, New York, U.S.
||Stand-up, television, film|
||1978 – present|
||Character comedy, black comedy, satire, insult comedy|
||human sexuality, sexism, race|
||Redd Foxx, Lenny Bruce, Rocky Marciano, John Travolta, Henry Winkler, George Clinton|
||Jim Florentine, Jeff Duran, Artie Lange, Keith Malley|
|Notable works and roles
||The Day the Laughter Died|
Ford Fairlane in The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
Andrew Dice Clay (born Andrew Clay Silverstein; September 29, 1957) is an American comedian. He is known for a style of comedy that has sparked controversy and much media coverage. He is loved by some and reviled by others, who feel that his act is crude, misogynistic, and degrading. Clay has been widely opposed by female rights groups and he has been banned from many radio and television shows for his explicit language and politically incorrect humor.
He has been in a number of radio fights with established names such as Howard Stern and been pronounced "finished" many times, but as he approaches his 25th year as a comedian, he is still doing Las Vegas on a daily basis. He has been in more than 15 movies and has put out 7 stand-up albums, including the triple-album Filth. He is the only comedian in history to sell out Madison Square Garden two nights in a row, a feat he accomplished in 1990. The performance was later released on the album Dice Rules.
His act is usually about fellatio, sex, masturbation and intolerance to basically everybody (women in particular). Traditionally, fans in the front row are grossly abused by the "Diceman" during his act, and he almost always picks out a woman or two from the audience in order to speak of the size of her breasts and her general physical appearance. During his earlier years, people regularly walked out on him, which only seemed to encourage Dice on stage (much to the delight of the other fans present). On The Day the Laughter Died, he enters arguments with several people as they exit the place, and at the end of The Day the Laughter Died, Part II, he picks a fight with a guy in the audience. The album ends just as Dice leaves the stage and threatens to get physical with the guy.
One of the things that made Clay famous was the "nursery rhymes". Dice would take a well known children's limerick and rewrite it into something dirty such as "Hickory dickory dock, some chick was sucking my c*ck!". The rhymes went on for years during his early career and quickly became Dice's trademark. At the time he filled up Madison Square Garden in 1990, the audience clearly knew all of the poems. On Dice Rules, you can hear the audience shout along as Dice does his rhymes.
Another trademark of Dice is smoking. Up until 2000, Dice still smoked and began most of his acts by simply standing on the stage, smoking, without saying a word. Even after quitting smoking in 2000, he still holds a cigarette in his hand during his act.
Another opinion splitting part of Dice's act is his completely unashamed reference to masturbation and how natural it is ("It's like the other day I'm sitting at home, jerking off. All of a sudden ..."). He also refers to almost every male he doesn't like as "Jerk-off". On all 7 of his albums, the topic of masturbation is brought up regularly.
Clay was born in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, the son of Doris and Fred Silverstein, who worked in real estate sales. Clay was doing impressions and entertaining his family in the living room by the time he was 5. He was a fairly proficient drummer at James Madison High School, and played bar mitzvahs and casual dates as "Clay Silvers."
In 1978, he auditioned at Pips, a local comedy club in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, doing comedic impressions, then headlined there the following week as "Andrew Clay." His act at the time included an impression of John Travolta in Grease and Jerry Lewis as The Nutty Professor. Clay graduated to the major Manhattan comedy clubs, including Budd Friedman's Improv, Catch a Rising Star and Rodney Dangerfield's. His move to Los Angeles came in 1980. He was "adopted" there by Mitzi Shore, owner of the famed Comedy Store. His work at the Store led to sitcom appearances on M*A*S*H and Diff'rent Strokes. He later landed roles in movies such as Making the Grade (1984), Pretty In Pink (1986).
He had a regular role on Crime Story from 1986 – 1988. That was followed by a series of less-notable films. He eventually turned from acting to pursue a career in stand-up comedy, focusing on the character "Dice" from Pretty in Pink. His big break came in 1988 when he did a 7 minute set at Dangerfield's during the Rodney Dangerfield special "Nothing Goes Right." It was there that he met his agent Dennis Arfa and later got his first HBO Special.
In 1989, Clay performed his first HBO Special in Philadelphia called The Diceman Cometh.
Clay's first starring role in a feature film was as the title character in 1990's The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. That same year, he released the comedy album The Day the Laughter Died.
A stand-up performance at Madison Square Garden was given movie release as Dice Rules in 1991 but many movie theaters refused to show it. It was given an NC-17 rating.
In 1992, Clay released 40 Too Long. He came out with another HBO special, For Ladies Only.
His 1993 album The Day The Laughter Died, Part 2 was recorded in front of a small audience at Dangerfield's in New York.
Also in 1993, Clay did a pay-per-view special, No Apologies.
Clay again retreated from the media spotlight for a couple of years. 1995 saw him try to reclaim his fame with the broadcast of the HBO special Assume the Position. Although a great success for Clay and the network, the special failed to reignite Clay's career.
In 1998, Clay released the triple-live album "Filth" via the internet. Not long after, Clay aligned himself with New York City-based talk program The Opie and Anthony Show.
To coincide with the release of 2000's "Face Down, Ass Up," Opie and Anthony teamed up with Clay to allow him to perform at Madison Square Garden.
In 2002, he divorced his wife and focused in part on raising his two sons.
In 2005, Clay signed a deal with Sirius to produce and broadcast his own show, Out of the Cage.
In 2007, he staged a comeback with the reality TV series Dice: Undisputed.
He appeared as a part of NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice 2 and was the first celebrity to be fired, after he openly entertained the idea of quitting while in Donald Trump's presence. On The Howard Stern Show, Clay stated that the show was edited to exclude situations where Trump treated Clay poorly based on his comic treatment of women rather than his accomplishments. Throughout the season, each celebrity was raising money for a charity of their choice; Clay had selected StandUp For Kids.
Recordings featuring Andrew Dice Clay samples