From Andrew Dice Clay, the “Undisputed Heavyweight Comedy King,” comes the unapologetic and uncensored autobiography fans have been waiting for.
Andrew Dice Clay’s raw and uncensored stand-up comedy has shocked and entertained audiences for decades and continues to do so to this day. When he released his debut album, Dice, in 1989, the parental advisory label simply read “Warning: This album is offensive.” His material stretched the boundaries of decency and good taste to their breaking point, and in turn he became the biggest stand-up comic in the world.
But Dice’s meteoric rise and spectacular fame brought on a furious backlash from the media and critics. By the mid-nineties, though still playing to packed audiences, the turmoil in his personal life, plus attacks from every activist group imaginable, led him to make the decision to step out of the spotlight and put the focus on raising his boys.
The Diceman was knocked down, but not out. Taking inspiration from what Frank Sinatra once told him—“You work for your fans, not the media. The media gets their tickets for free”—Dice has bounced back with critically acclaimed roles and is once again playing to sold-out audiences.
Filled with no-holds-barred humor and honesty, The Filthy Truth sets the record straight and gives fans plenty of never-before-shared stories from his career and his friendships with Howard Stern, Sam Kinison, Mickey Rourke, Sylvester Stallone, Axl Rose, and countless others.
Clay rocketed to stand-up comedy stardom in the late 1980s on the back of his "Diceman" persona a loutish, leather-clad loudmouth talking trash about women and gays to fans who, Clay says, knew he "was gonna be raunchy and funny and not give a fuck who I offended." Those fans will be more than satisfied with Clay's pedestrian rags-to-riches narrative, starting with his youth in Brooklyn and moving through his professional peak in 1990, when he sold out Madison Square Garden and controversially hosted Saturday Night Live. Clay describes in detail almost every sexual encounter in his life, and includes many of his most popular stage bits, such as his dirty nursery rhymes ("Little Boy Blue, he needed the money"). But Clay, writing with Ritz (who's coauthored books with Don Rickles, Cornel West, and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry), doesn't do much to rein in his enormous ego in his description of a scene in the film Pretty in Pink in which he wraps his arm around his head to light a cigarette, he says that the gesture "that turned me into a cult favorite of comedy film fans and became one of my most beloved signature moves." The result is a one-note, self-congratulatory account of a one-note career.
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The Dice Man
Looking forward to reading your book. I have seen your movies and as any fan would do I saw you in Norwalk CT. Your amazingly funny!! Saw you the other night on tv and loved the glasses does remind me of Elvis. They looked good on you. Much Faith and Fortune in your future!
Make no mistake, I like Dice or I wouldn't have paid for the book. But the 300 pages of self-congratulatory, "look at me, I'm so awesome", just defies belief.
Sure, this is the story of his life, told in first-person form. And it's an amusing tale. But too often I was left with an "I call BS" feeling, as if Dice took over the writing from Andrew. Which left me feeling a little hollow.
Maybe his life has worked out as well as he says and in the manner in which he says it. Maybe it's irrelevant and we should just take the book as a work of creative non-fiction.
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I'm over here now! Counting the days until I can read the legends book. Only 336 pages though? A thousand wouldn't be enough. Hopefully this is just part one and then next 100 parts will come out soon.