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The Diceman returneth: 'Entourage' gives comedian second chance



Andrew Dice Clay/publicity photoAndrew Dice Clay hasn't been on MTV since he was banned from the network for life in 1989. That's okay. We haven't watched MTV since 1989. But with his reappearance on the upcoming season of HBO's Entourage, Clay is making the media rounds again. Can MTV be far behind? 

Clay was one of the toughest interviews I had to do for Stuck in the '80s. He came through Tampa Bay in 2007 for a series of sold-out stand-up gigs and scheduled a phone chat with me. Then it was canceled. Then rescheduled. Then canceled. I lost interest. Then suddenly the phone rang early in the evening one night and it was his agent, giving it one last shot. If I wanted to talk to the Diceman, he was available. Right that second. I gathered up my notes and gave it all that I had (which wasn't much since we'd just interviewed AC/DC's Brian Johnson earlier in the day.) I remember asking if Dice was going to be in character. "He's not a character," the agent said. "That's just who is is." Interesting.

The Diceman didn't want to talk about his acting that night. (That's a rough start, since half my questions were about his roles on MASH, Pretty in Pink and Casual Sex.) What did we talk about? I scarcely remember, though I do remember I was allowed to leave in most of his F-bombs. ("So long as he doesn't use it as a verb," my boss stipulated.) You can still listen to it online here -- but I warn you the language is NSFW.

Through it all, I stayed a fan of Andrew Dice Clay. The world is full of odd-sized pegs, and he's just one of them. Bless his Brooklyn heart.

These days, the Diceman is giving far-less profane interviews, like this one to the Los Angeles Times. Here are a couple highlights: 

ON RAISING HIS SONS ALONE: "I'm from Brooklyn, and people who are from where I'm from are very grounded. I never wanted a divorce, so when it happened, you know, I was like, if I don't accomplish bringing up good sons, then I've done nothing with my life."

ON HIS ENTOURAGE AUDITION: "I walked away thinking it's going to be a little walk-on, which is great. But then they make an offer for a lot of the season. It was a whole character arc. I play myself."

ON BEING REVILED: "It was rough. It's like being put in a wood chipper. But when I think of the history I created comedically as a stand-up, I took it to a rock-star level. I was doing like 100,000 people a week in concert. The rock-star image was never done as a comedian."

Read the full LA Times interview here.

[Last modified: Monday, July 18, 2011 10:01am]


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