Andrew Dice Clay
Andrew Dice Clay is back. The once-controversial comedian, who rose to prominence in the 1980s and early ’90s, only to drop off the radar for more than a decade, is on the upswing again. In some ways, he’s doing better than ever. When did he ever get good reviews for film acting the first time around? He’s enjoying that kind of success now for his performance in Woody Allen’s current movie, Blue Jasmine. Clay also is a judge and co-producer of The Big Big Show, a Gong Show-style talent show being filmed in Dallas and scheduled to air in national syndication in 2014. And he landed a deal to write his autobiography for Simon & Schuster. Clay talked last week while in Dallas about his career resurgence.
1What launched you on the comeback trail?
“When I got on Entourage [a five-episode gig in 2011], that was the beginning of fame again. I bumped into a guy who is now my manager at Starbucks. He asked, ‘Why have you never been on Entourage?’ I said, ‘They’ve got to ask you first.’ While we were talking, he was fiddling with his phone. Then he looked up and said, ‘Well, Doug Ellin [creator of Entourage] thinks you’re the greatest comic on earth and wants a meeting today.’ I said, ‘How do you know that?’ [He replies,] ‘Because we just emailed each other.’ The bottom line is, from getting that show, everything else followed: a Showtime special, the Woody Allen movie.”
2What was the highlight of working opposite Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine?
“She’s Hollywood royalty, but she’s got a great sense of humor. One day, I was doing an impression of her from the movie The Aviator. Then Cate said, ‘Hey, I can be Dice, too.’ And she starts stalking across the stage doing a Dice imitation. I was like, ‘This is really happening?’”
3What were you doing during the down period of your career?
“I went through a bad divorce. After that, I chose to spend most of my time bringing up my two sons. They live with me and I’m trying to guide them the right way. Max is 23. Dylan is 19.”
4Your sons are also in show business, aren’t they?
“They’re becoming hot now with their band, called L.A. Rocks. They just opened for Dizzy Reed, who was with Guns N’ Roses, at the Whisky in L.A. and they’re starting to do bigger concerts. A year from now, they’ll be so big they’ll stop traffic. They’re talented and good-looking. Girls go crazy over my boys.”
5Does The Big Big Show bring back fond memories of doing stand-up comedy in Dallas?
“Dallas is the first place I headlined clubs. There was a place called The Comedy Corner. It was my first job headlining. I became a local favorite here. I came five or six times a year for two weeks at a clip. This was before I was ever known, but I would draw heavy here. It was amazing because I’m from Brooklyn, but the people of Dallas understood where I was coming from. I might have a Brooklyn accent, but my comedy is universal.”
— David Martindale, Special to the Star-Telegram