Controversial comedian catches second wind
By Jack Houston
Look out, world, Andrew Dice Clay is on the comeback trail and he’s aiming for you, in the front row, or perhaps you, over there in the corner. You might think it’s 1990 all over again the way the notoriously foul-mouthed comedian is commanding crowds these days. Of course, much of that is due to his career-resurrecting role in the final season of Entourage, where he played second banana to Johnny Drama in a fictional cartoon series. You might even call his role a stretch since, onstage and off, Dice rarely plays second banana to anyone.
But the Entourage Dice never approached the onstage Dice, who rolls through four-letter words, epithets and sexual braggadocio like a man on a mission to offend. While, on the surface, it might seem that Dice has mellowed—after all, he turns 55 this year—the Dice you get onstage is the same chain-smoking, leather jacket-wearing firestarter he’s always been, whether he’s talking about vagina lifts or reciting his infamous nursery rhymes. It almost seems like he’s riffing off the top of his head, the way he moves from one audience member to the next, verbally assaulting the crowd until there’s no room to breathe.
The spontaneous nature of his shtick makes for great repeat business, a reason why, two decades into his career, the self-proclaimed “undisputed heavyweight comedy king” is as hilarious and relevant as ever.