Andrew Dice Clay

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Andrew Dice Clay
Andrew Dice Clay Indestructible 12 lolflix.jpg
Clay in 2012
Birth nameAndrew Clay Silverstein
Born(1957-09-29) September 29, 1957 (age 56)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
MediumStand-up, Television, Film
Years active1978–present
GenresCharacter comedy, Observational comedy, Black comedy, Political satire, Insult comedy, Blue comedy
SpouseKathy Swanson (1984–1986) Kathleen Monica (1992–2002; 2 children)
Valerie Vasquez (2010–2014)
Notable works and rolesThe Day the Laughter Died
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
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Andrew Dice Clay
Andrew Dice Clay Indestructible 12 lolflix.jpg
Clay in 2012
Birth nameAndrew Clay Silverstein
Born(1957-09-29) September 29, 1957 (age 56)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
MediumStand-up, Television, Film
Years active1978–present
GenresCharacter comedy, Observational comedy, Black comedy, Political satire, Insult comedy, Blue comedy
SpouseKathy Swanson (1984–1986) Kathleen Monica (1992–2002; 2 children)
Valerie Vasquez (2010–2014)
Notable works and rolesThe Day the Laughter Died
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

Andrew Dice Clay (born Andrew Clay Silverstein; September 29, 1957)[1] is an American comedian and actor. He played the lead role in the 1990 film The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.

Clay has been in several movies and has released a number of stand-up comedy albums. He was the first comedian in history to sell out Madison Square Garden two nights in a row.[2] As of at least 2009, only five other comedians have achieved this: George Carlin, Eddie Murphy, Dane Cook, Chris Rock, and Kevin Hart.[3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Clay was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in the neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay, in a Jewish family.[6] His parents are Jacqueline and Fred Silverstein. His father worked in real estate sales and also as a boxer.[7][8][9] Clay was doing impressions and entertaining his family in his living room by age 5. He played the drums at James Madison High School, attended Kingsborough College and later worked as a drummer in the Catskills in the late 1970s.[7]


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), Pretty in Pink (1986) and Casual Sex? (1988).

He had a regular role on Crime Story from 1986 to 1988.[10] 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, which led to his first HBO special, and ultimately his starring role in the 1990 film The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.[11]

Later works[edit]

In 1995, Clay released an HBO special Assume the Position. That same year, he signed a development deal with CBS and producer Bruce Helford, resulting in his starring role on the sitcom Bless This House. Clay attempted to clean up his image in the sitcom, working with more pedestrian material than he was known for using in his stand-up; he also dropped the "Dice" from his name on the series. Despite clean scripts, Clay's character was ultimately portrayed as a sarcastic, lazy father and husband (to co-star Cathy Moriarty) who made attempts to move his family out of a working-class area of Queens.[citation needed] Bless This House was not a success, and CBS cancelled it midway through the 1995–96 season after 16 episodes.[citation needed]

In 1997, Clay attempted another sitcom starring vehicle in the UPN series Hitz, in which he played a manic record producing mogul, the character of which was more reminiscent of Clay's stand-up persona. The series was pulled after 10 episodes.[citation needed]

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 2000, Clay released I'm Over Here Now and Banned for Life.[12][13]

To coincide with the release of 2000's Face Down, Ass Up, Opie and Anthony teamed up with Clay to allow him to perform at Madison Square Garden.

In 2005, Clay signed a deal with Sirius to produce and broadcast his own show, Out of the Cage.

In 2007, he attempted a comeback with the reality TV series Dice: Undisputed on VH1, which lasted seven episodes.[14]

Andrew Dice Clay (2012)

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.[15] Throughout the season, each celebrity was raising money for a charity of their choice; Clay had selected StandUp For Kids.[16]

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.[17] He also appeared in an episode of Raising Hope as himself which aired on November 29, 2011.

In 2011, Clay placed number 14 in Complex Magazine's "The 15 Worst Stand-Up Comedians".[18]

In May 2012, Clay appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast and also did a set at The Bamboozle festival in Asbury Park. In December 2012, Clay had a stand-up comedy special on Showtime entitled Indestructible.

In May 2013, Clay started a weekly podcast: Rollin' with Dice and Wheels.

Clay appeared with Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, which opened on July 26, 2013.[19] In an interview with Good Day L.A., Clay stated that, as he had not been in a movie in twelve years, "It was a thrill to do something dramatic, something I've always wanted to do."[20] His performance was critically praised.[21]

In July 2013, Clay signed a book deal with Simon and Schuster for a memoir entitled The Filthy Truth with co-author David Ritz.[22]


Clay is known for a style of comedy that has sparked controversy and much media coverage. Clay has been opposed by women's rights groups and has been banned from many radio and television shows for his explicit language and sexist humor. MTV banned him for life for reciting what he called "adult nursery rhymes" during the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.[23] In 2011 the ban was lifted by MTV.

In 1990, Clay was invited to guest host the weekly comedy TV show Saturday Night Live. Cast member Nora Dunn declared her refusal to appear on the same broadcast as Clay and did not participate in the episode of his guest appearance.[24] Invited musical guest Sinéad O'Connor also boycotted Clay's appearance on Saturday Night Live.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Clay was married to Kathy Swanson from 1984 until their divorce in 1986.[8] He married Kathleen "Trini" Monica, a waitress, in 1992,[8] with whom he broke up in 2002 and subsequently divorced.[26] He and Monica had two sons, Maxwell Lee and Dillon Scott.[8] The name Dillon[27] sometimes appears in print as Dylan.[28] Clay married Valerie Vasquez in Las Vegas on February 14, 2010,[29] and separated in Los Angeles a little over 4 years later on March 18, 2014 announcing the following month they were divorcing but maintaining a relationship.[30]

One of his sons, Max, has since followed his father into stand-up comedy,[31] and occasionally opens for him on tour.[32]




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  10. ^ Crime Story | TV. (2001-07-20). Retrieved on 2011-03-19.
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  29. ^ "Andrew Dice Clay weds Valerie Vasquez in Las Vegas". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  30. ^ Breuer, Howard (April 7, 2014). "Andrew Dice Clay Files for Divorce". People. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  31. ^ "Interview: Andrew Dice Clay/ Max Silverstein". WTF with Marc Maron Podcast. 2011. 
  32. ^ "Interview: Andrew Dice Clay". Awkward Silence 2.1, Vegas Video Network. 2011. 
  33. ^ "Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine". Sony Pictures. January 8, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 

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