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|Andrew Dice Clay|
|Birth name||Andrew Clay Silverstein|
September 29, 1957 |
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, Television, Film|
|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
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.
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 is of Jewish heritage. 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 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).
He had a regular role on Crime Story from 1986 – 1988. 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.
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.
In 2005, Clay signed a deal with Sirius to produce and broadcast his own show, Out of the Cage.
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. 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.
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. He also appeared in an episode of Raising Hope as himself which aired on November 29, 2011
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). In 2011, he was unbanned by MTV. The Biography Channel refuses to produce a biography of him.
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.
In 2002, he divorced his wife and focused in part on raising his two sons. One of his sons, Max, has since followed his father into stand-up comedy, and occasionally opens for him on tour.
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