One of the more divisive comedians during the rise of stand-up in the 1980s was Andrew Dice Clay. Even though his fame has faded over time, it looks like he might be on the verge of a comeback.
After having a key role in Blue Jasmine in 2013, not to mention a stint on the final season of “Entourage” in 2011, Variety reports “The Dice” is now getting his own series on Showtime. The cable network has just ordered six episodes of a half-hour, semi-autobiographical series aptly called “Dice” that will begin airing in 2016.
The new series will follow Dice living in Las Vegas as he works to become the stand-up comedian everyone used to know. The difference now, though, is that he has a family, along with an ex-wife and an ex-fiancée. The show will shoot on location in Vegas with a script from The Hangover II scribe Scot Armstrong, who will also executive produce the series with Dice, Sean Furst, Bryan Furst, Richard Shepard and Bruce Rubenstein
Dice became well known in the 80s for being raunchy and offensive, and not just for the decade, because some of his material is still salty even today. He’s perhaps best known for being banned for life from MTV after delivering a particularly infamous, dirty comedy routine on MTV’s Video Music Awards in 1989. After that, he made some bad movies, terrible TV shows and simply fell out of the limelight.
Even so, this is exactly the kind of series that could reinvigorate his career. I’m not sure if anyone is clamoring for a Dice comeback, but Showtime has faith enough to at least try out the show. Gary Levine, Showtime’s exec VP of original programming says:
“Love him or hate him, Dice is a true original, and Dice is always funny. After a career full of ups and downs, he’s hotter today than ever. Plus, we were looking to do a semi-autobiographical comedy about a one-named icon and Cher was busy.”
In addition, Dice will also have a brand new comedy special, which just so happens to be coming to Showtime, called “Andrew Dice Clay Presents the Blue Show” on April 25th. So expect that to be just as dirty as Dice has always been. If you need a taste of Dice’s comedy style, have a gander (NSFW):
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