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Andrew Dice Clay

                   
Andrew Dice Clay
Pseudonym "Dice," "Diceman"
Birth name Andrew Clay Silverstein
Born (1957-09-29) September 29, 1957 (age 54)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, Television, Film
Nationality American
Years active 1978–present
Genres Character comedy, Black comedy, Political satire, Insult comedy
Spouse Kathleen Swanson (1984–1986) (divorced)
Kathleen Monica (1992–2002) (divorced) 2 children
Valerie Vasquez (2010–present)
Notable works and roles The Day the Laughter Died
Ford Fairlane in The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
Website andrewdiceclay.com

Andrew Dice Clay (born Andrew Clay Silverstein; September 29, 1957) is an American comedian and actor[1] who played the lead role in the film The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.[2]

Clay has been in several movies and has released a number of stand-up albums. He is the only comedian in history to sell out Madison Square Garden two nights in a row, a feat he accomplished in 1990.[3][4][5]

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  Early life

Clay was born in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, the son of Doris and Fred Silverstein, who worked in real estate sales.[6] Clay is of Jewish heritage.[7][8][9] 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."

  Career

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 The Improv, Catch a Rising Star and 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) and Pretty in Pink (1986).[10]

He had a regular role on Crime Story from 19861988.[11] He eventually turned from acting to pursue a career in stand-up comedy, focusing on the character "Dice" from Making the Grade. His big break came in 1988 when he did a seven-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.[12]

  Later works

Clay retreated from the media spotlight for several years. For several years he ran a fitness gym in Brooklyn. 1995 saw him try to reclaim his fame with the broadcast of the HBO special Assume the Position. The special failed to reignite Clay's career.

In 1998, Clay released the triple-live album "Filth" via the Internet. Soon afterward, 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 2005, Clay signed a deal with Sirius to produce and broadcast his own show, Out of the Cage.

In 2007, he attempted a comeback with the reality TV series Dice: Undisputed on VH1, which lasted seven episodes.[13]

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.[14] Clay deserves credit for goading Trump into bringing snacks into the War Room. Throughout the season, each celebrity was raising money for a charity of their choice; Clay had selected StandUp For Kids.[15]

In July 2011, Clay was featured in the eighth and final season of Entourage as Johnny Drama's co-star in the fictional program Johnny's Bananas.[16] He also appeared in an episode of Raising Hope as himself which aired on November 29, 2011

In May of 2012, Clay appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. He also did a set at The Bamboozle festival in Asbury Park, being the only comedian to be invited to the show.

  Controversy

Clay 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, racist, homophobic and degrading. Clay has been widely opposed by women's rights groups and he has been banned from many radio and television shows for his explicit language and socially and politically charged humor. MTV banned him for life in 1989 for reciting what he called "adult nursery rhymes" during the annual Video Music Awards ceremony (September 6, 1989).[17] In 2011, he was unbanned by MTV. The Biography Channel refuses to produce a biography of him.[18]

In 1990, Clay was invited to guest host the weekly comedy TV show, Saturday Night Live. Cast member Nora Dunn declared her refusal to ever appear on the same broadcast as Clay and did not participate in the episode of his guest appearance (May 12). Invited musical guest Sinéad O'Connor also boycotted Clay's appearance.[19]

  Personal life

In 2002, he divorced his wife and focused in part on raising his two sons.[20] One of his sons, Max, has since followed his father into stand-up comedy,[21] and occasionally opens for him on tour.[22]

  Discography

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  Filmography

  References

  1. ^ Andrew Dice Clay – About This Person – Movies & TV – NYTimes.com. Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved on 2011-03-19.
  2. ^ Review/Film; Showcase of One-Liners For a Rock Detective – New York Times. Nytimes.com (1990-07-11). Retrieved on 2011-03-19.
  3. ^ Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Andrew Dice Clay. Post-gazette.com (2009-04-20). Retrieved on 2011-03-19.
  4. ^ Show Business: X Rated. TIME (1990-05-07). Retrieved on 2011-03-19.
  5. ^ Review/Film; Andrew Dice Clay Essence: Misogyny, Insult and Sex – New York Times. Nytimes.com (1991-05-18). Retrieved on 2011-03-19.
  6. ^ Andrew Dice Clay Biography (1957–). Filmreference.com. Retrieved on 2011-03-19.
  7. ^ [brooklynpaper.com/stories/30/12/30_12diceclay.html]
  8. ^ [letmypeoplegrow.org/2011/07/jews-news-mina-kunis-emanuelle-chriqui-ed-miliband/]
  9. ^ www.americascomedy.com/andrew-dice-clay-on-charlie-sheen-no-description-needed
  10. ^ Andrew Dice Clay – Filmography – Movies & TV – NYTimes.com. Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved on 2011-03-19.
  11. ^ Crime Story | TV. EW.com (2001-07-20). Retrieved on 2011-03-19.
  12. ^ TELEVISION REVIEW;The 'Dice' Is Back, And So Is the Act – New York Times. Nytimes.com (1996-05-15). Retrieved on 2011-03-19.
  13. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (March 3, 2007). "Once Notorious, Now Just Trying Not to Be Invisible". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/03/arts/television/03dice.html. 
  14. ^ http://siriushowardstern.blogspot.com/2009/03/andrew-dice-clay-talk-celebrity.html
  15. ^ Breaking News – NBC Announces the 16 All-Star Celebrities Ready to Take on Donald Trump in the Boardroom When 'The Celebrity Apprentice' Premieres Sunday, March 1 (9 p.m. ET). TheFutonCritic.com (2009-01-08). Retrieved on 2011-03-19.
  16. ^ Ng, Philiana (2011-03-28). "'Entourage' Books Andrew Dice Clay for Final Season". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/entourage-books-andrew-dice-clay-171935. 
  17. ^ MTV.com, "1989 Video Music Awards"
  18. ^ http://www.adamcarolla.com/ACPBlog/2011/09/05/andrew-dice-clay/
  19. ^ Review/Television; 'Saturday Night Live,' With Andrew Dice Clay – New York Times. Nytimes.com (1990-05-14). Retrieved on 2011-03-19.
  20. ^ Cruz, Aceli (2009). "Interview: Andrew "Dice" Clay". The Village Voice. http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/archives/2009/01/interview_andre.php. 
  21. ^ "Interview: Andrew Dice Clay/ Max Silverstein". WTF with Marc Maron Podcast. 2011. http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_197_-_andrew_dice_clay_max_silverstein. 
  22. ^ "Interview: Andrew Dice Clay". Awkward Silence 2.1, Vegas Video Network. 2011. http://www.vegasvideonetwork.com/awkward-silence-2-1-009-comedian-andrew-dice-clay/. 
  23. ^ www.discogs.com/artist/Andrew+"Dice"+Clay

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