Andrew Dice Clay
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2003-09-21
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 stations Music Awards in 1989. But whats 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 hes also appeared in a number of films including 1990s The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane, the 1995 comedy Jury Duty and One Night At McCools 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; hes currently the main attraction at the Stardust hotel, located on the citys 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 hes 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. Im a family man in my personal life, he says.