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Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay

by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2003-09-21

Andrew

The Diceman

In the late 80s and early 90s, Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay made a name for himself as one of the most controversial US comedians around.

Not only was he renowned for his ‘adult’ nursery rhymes and close-to-the-bone humour, he also achieved the feat of being banned from music video channel MTV for life after unleashing a stream of swear words at the station’s Music Awards in 1989. But what’s he up to these days?

Well, New York native Clay, who was born plain old Andrew Silverstein in 1958, has spent the last decade dividing his time between stage and screen. As well as continuing the stand-up comedy he’s also appeared in a number of films including 1990’s The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane, the 1995 comedy Jury Duty and One Night At McCool’s in 2001 (which saw him playing twin brothers, co-starring with Matt Dillon, John Goodman and Liv Tyler).

Visitors to Las Vegas, meanwhile, have the chance to see his controversial act for themselves; he’s currently the main attraction at the Stardust hotel, located on the city’s main strip. Vegas to me was someplace I always wanted to headline because I just find the place extremely exciting”, he admits. Not bad going for someone who began his career drumming in Bar Mitzvah bands. “I was known as Andrew Clay Silver then,” he recalls, “And then when I went into comedy I went under the name Andrew Clay. The ‘Dice’ thing just happened”.

When he’s not entertaining the casino crowds, he lives in New Jersey with his second wife Kathleen Monica, mother of his two sons Max and Dylan, and confesses to leaving the crude humour behind when he goes home. “I’m a family man in my personal life,” he says.