Andrew Dice Clay is set to give television another try. Showtime has given the green light for a new series from the controversial comic to be titled simply “Dice.”
The semi-autobiographical show has been given a six episode order and will premiere in 2016. It will follow Clay as he basically plays himself performing in places like Las Vegas. Playing himself is basically what Clay has always done in his movies and television shows.
The 57 year old comedian and actor was born Andrew Clay Silverstein in Brooklyn to a Jewish family. He grew up in Sheepshead Bay.
It’s been a long time since Clay’s heyday in the early 1990s. Audiences loved him and loved hating him for his sexist and homophobic stand up acts. He was one of the few hosts to ever get heckled during his opening monologue on Saturday Night Live.
But then his attempt at a breakout film in 1990, “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, ” was a flop at the box office. This was followed by a string of failed attempts at new television shows throughout the 1990s.
Recently Clay began a comeback of sorts, appearing in movies like Woody Allen’s Oscar Winning “Blue Jasmine.”
Gary Levine, Showtime’s exec VP of original programming, said, “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.”
The new show will be produced by Fox 21 Studios; even though, Showtime is affiliated with Paramount.
“We realized there was a lot of humor and heart in the story of a once-superstar comedian having to crawl back to have a career — a true second act, ” said Fox 21 TV Studios president Bert Salke. “Sean, Bryan and Richard immediately saw the potential for a series, and we so believed in it that we asked Scot Armstrong to write and direct a homemade presentation — which David and Gary loved so much they ordered it straight to series.”