Andrew Dice Clay

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Andrew Dice Clay

Born

9/29/1957, Brooklyn, NY

Birth Name

Andrew Clay Silverstein

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Andrew Clay, Dice Man
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Biography

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Andrew Clay Silverstein, named so after the $20 bill -- no, I'm just kidding, he was named after President Andrew Clay Jackson whose portrait is on the bill -- was born on September 29, 1957 in the tough Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn, New York. From the age…more

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  • Trivia

    • One of Dice's trademarks is wearing a bejeweled leather jacket with his name spelled out in studs on the back.

    • He has recently given up smoking.

    • Andrew used a 'plant' in the audience of his stand-up routines to heckle him. Ed 'The Machine' Regine would start an attack on Dice, and they would engage in a mock argument. Ed would later go on to open for him on tour.

    • Andrew says that his biggest regret is that he ever started his raunchy nursery rhymes. He is constantly asked to perform them, and he hates them.

    • Andrew tried to go mainstream in a television sitcom, in 1995. He dropped the 'Dice' from his name and lost the raunchy persona. He took the role of a caring family man in the CBS sitcom Bless This House. CBS was less than pleased with his attitude and performance, alleging that he was terrible to work with, and refused to learn his lines. The show was dropped.

    • Andrew took two years off, away from the spotlight after his 1993 album The Day The Laughter Died Pt2 bombed.

    • Andrew tried to mimic the success of his previous live album, so he taped his stand-up performance at Madison Square Garden, to release as a full length concert film. Dice Rules was boycoted by many theaters, due to the NC-17 rating, the film flopped.

    • Andrew is ranked #95 on Comedy Centrals 'List of 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of all time'.

    • Andrew was married twice before, and has two children with his second wife. He is again engaged to Elanor Kerrigan, a former pro-wrestler from 'Women of Wrestling' who went by the name 'EZ Rider'.

    • Andrew has been managed by his father, Fred Silverstein for most of his career.

    • Andrew's two set CD The Day The Laughter Died hit the top 40 album chart. The concept of the act was to perform 'the worst show possible', by going in front of the auidence with no planned material and insulting them as individuals and as a whole for two hours. Many of the audience members couldn't take the abuse and hostility, so they walked out. The entire concert was then released without edits.

    • Andrew hosted Saturday Night Live, and cast member Nora Dunn joined musical guest Sinead O'Conner in refusing to appear on the program. The ladies were protesting his misogynistic persona. He donated his salary for the performance to charity.

    • Andrew would perform his version of traditional nursery rhymes in his stand-up acts, by taking them from child-friendly rhymes and twisting them into raunchy limericks.

    • Andrew earned a 'Lifetime Ban' barring him from ever appearing on MTV again in 1989. He is the only performer in history to be banned from the Music Television station. The ban has since been lifted.

    • Andrew tried to be a leading man on the big screen with The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, in 1990. The film was a failure at the box office.

    • Andrew's album Dice was sampled and used on tracks by gangsta rap artist Ice Cube, and pop-rockers EMF.

    • Andrew was discovered by Def American Records agent Rick Rubin, and was offered a contract. His debut album, Dice was a huge commercial success.

    • Andrew's look as 'The Dice Man' included a black leather jacket, greased hair, sunglasses, and a cigarette.

    • Andrew played the part of an Italian up on stage, but is in fact a Jewish man.

    • Andrew adopted the 'Dice' persona and name after reading the Luke Rhinehart novel The Dice Man. The street-wise Brooklyn guy was highly controversial, homophobic, racist, and a full-fledged woman hater.

    • Andrew made a few appearances on sitcom television in the mid 1980s as 'Andrew Clay'. He guest starred on M*A*S*H and Diff'rent Strokes. Sensing that prime time comedy wasn't his calling, he started to design a stand-up act like no other.

    • Andrew is a stand-up comedian and actor, known for his incredibly offensive, raunchy comedy and antics.

    • Andrew started his career in entertainment as a drummer in 1978, under the name Clay Silvers in Catskills, New York.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Andrew Dice Clay....what I think! From a woman, entreprenuer and author who firmly believes in the spirit of America and living the American Dream.

    10
    Thank God for America, Thank God for free speech, Thank God for the freedom we have in the USA to express ourselves. There are very few people in this world that are real and have the guts to not be politically correct all of the time. While it is an act, it takes a lot of guts to do what he does and at the end of the day, he is providing for his family and giving most of us a laugh. When a man focuses on women this much, he has to have more respect and admiration than most lame guys who have no guts to stand up to mood swings and dominate the room like the dice man. After all, isn't it good to have a laugh every now and then and be challenged to think about what you believe in? Even if that belief system doesn't change, you can at least confirm or deny your "normal and respectable" way of thinking. Also to ask yourself if you have the guts to be real even some of the time!



    Guaranteed that by listening to his act you will at least laugh once, if you are a woman, you will blush, get mad and be turned on at the same time. If you are a man, you will laugh the whole performance unless your wife is next to you and be relived to hear that you are not insane and that woman have issues, we all have issues, but who loves and appreciates the female anatomy more, no holds barred? The Dice man has set records that will go down in the history books, he has done more than most could ever imagine to include living and non living legends. It is sad that legends are not appreciated or recognized for their talent and accomplishments as much while they are alive due to our scrutiny, judgments and criticisms. The Dice Man respects and can relate to most people more than our so called "leaders" and people that we blindly follow in life.

    He has raised two of the most grounded, talented and respectable teenage boys that are also musicians and actually open for his act...check them out! LA Rocks and so do you Dice Man!

    Have a little fun, let down your barriers and appreciate his performance. From one Entrepreneur to another....thanks for inspiring others and living the American Dream!moreless
  • Andrew Dice Clay is one of the BEST standup comics in the business. Say what you want but the man was once the highest paid and most quoted comics in the world. I hope he does sell out Giants Stadium!!moreless

    9.2
    Love the show. I have missed the "Dice Man"!!! We need someone who will tell it like it is instead of being a politically correct ass wipe!! God speed and if you come to Jacksonville, FL I will be at the show!! He did more for comedy and comics in general during his rien then most other comics could ever think to do. His show is real (never stolen material) and funny. He is the American Dream which is starting from nothing, working hard and making millions with everyone repeating his bits to being so politically incorrect that he was banned from MTV and SNL. I give him props for trying to go for it again we need someone to make us laugh and tells it like it is. From one Broklyn boy to another, I wish him all the luck in the world and support his efforts totally!!!! Keep the shows coming!!!moreless