Andrew Dice Clay: back on TV and turning heads

Fri Aug 5, 2011 4:32pm EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Around 20 years ago, Andrew Dice Clay was a major star on Hollywood's comedy radar with chart-topping CDs, large audiences on TV and sold-out venues as big as Madison Square Garden, but it all came crashing down.

The brash style of the "Diceman" with his raunchy, adult-oriented rhymes and sexually-charged jokes, made numerous audiences laugh but offended others. He was banned from MTV, and his stardom began to fade in the mid-1990s.

The Brooklyn-born comedian with bushy sideburns and leather jacket made some half-hearted comeback tries in the 2000s, but for the most part stayed out of the limelight. He worked through a bad divorce and raised his sons, Max and Dillon.

Now he's back, at age 53, playing himself on the comeback trail in the new season of HBO comedy "Entourage," and that fictional show has sparked what "Dice" hopes is a real-life return to stardom. His biggest episode yet airs on Sunday, and he spoke with Reuters recently about the show and his career.

Q: What have you been doing all these years?

A: "The kind of gigs I was doing were more or less in Las Vegas clubs. I didn't have management. I didn't have agents. I'd do anything to pay my mortgage. After having a failed marriage, it was just more important to me to bring up my kids. That to me is the greatest accomplishment ever...I'm sure I could have pushed and pushed, but it was really more about being home and raising my kids, making a few dollars."

Q: The inclination for people, I'm sure, is to say, "He must have been down on his luck" or "not doing well" only able to play clubs to 100 or 200 people. Is that right?

A: "It wasn't about that. I do live in a pretty big home. For me, I'm broke in that I've got a pretty big nut (monthly expenses) to crack, but I'm not down and out...I never cared about that. I don't even read most of my press. Years ago when people were coming after me, it bothered me then, but I figured out that I don't even know these people who are coming after me, so why should I bother about it."   Continued...