From the Archives: Unmasked With Andrew Dice Clay

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“I was just so confident about what I wanted to do with my life.  And it wasn’t necessarily doing impressions. It was just, I loved show business from a very early age. “

“I remember telling my mother, ‘Ma, spend your money, I’m going to handle everything.’ And she goes ‘how you gonna take care of it?’ I go ‘Ma, I got the face. I’m a star, Ma. I got your looks, Ma, what are you worried about?’ And she goes ‘Freddy, he’s such a moron.’ But I meant it. That was what was nuts. Cause somewhere in me, and it’s hard to explain, I can’t really write in the book. It’s a feeling. Almost that it was written that I’m going to do what I’m doing.”

“I would watch all the great comics, , , Louie Anderson, Garry Shandling. But with a lot of comics what I noticed when they were on stage is, as great as their material might be, they don’t know too much about performance. And I grew up performing. I grew up studying Elvis and Buddy Rich as a drummer and Gene Krupa and the Beatles and everything from James Dean to Brando, and by my teens it was Stallone and Travolta. I knew that image was done in film, on TV as Fonzie, in music as Elvis, but never as a comic. I go there’s never been the Elvis of Comedy.”

As part of our new podcast sharing select archival episodes of ’s epic interview series Unmasked, this week we return to 2014 to share a brilliant hour:  Unmasked with Andrew Dice Clay.

The Unmasked series which began in 2008 with an amazing hour with Patrice O’Neal has taped nearly 200 episodes since, documenting the careers of the most interesting comedy writers, directors, filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, satirists, political comedians, comedic musicians and of course, stand up comedians in the business. It is a veritable archive of the greatest comedy of our time. Past Unmasked guests have included , Bob Newhart, , Dan Aykroyd, Simon Pegg, , Jim Jefferies, Gilbert Gottfried, Bobcat Goldthwait, Louis C.K., David Brenner, , and over 150 more comedy greats.

Andrew Dice Clay has always been bigger than life. From the days at Pips Comedy Club playing the Nutty Professor/John Travolta, to his first performance in front of a room full of industry insiders, to his breakout performance as part of Rodney Dangerfield’s Young Comedians Special,  to his HBO special and selling out the Garden, Dice became a giant in the world of comedy. Dice in the 80’s was a rock star. Then a series of what could have been career ending events put Dice somewhat on ice for a time. Dice disappeared from the spotlight, spending years in Vegas performing to big crowds, but out of the attention of the media and the mainstream. And then, a guest role on HBO’s hit series, Entourage, changed things yet again. A new Showtime special and a critically acclaimed performance in ’s Blue Jasmine followed, and Dice was back. His 2014 book The Filthy Truth shared stories from throughout his career.

In 2014, right after the release of his memoir, Dice sat down with to tape an hour long interview in front of a studio audience– and the interview went long past the hour as Dice talked with Bennington about his start in comedy, his family, old friendships and even rivalries. The episode covers the early days through superstardom, tough times and redemption. Over the course of the interview, the man who describes himself as “the biggest star in comedy” spoke genuinely, telling one great story after another, but not as his character would tell the stories– he told the stories from the perspective of Andrew and it’s fascinating to hear him talk about his early days, in his own voice. Clay is a skilled storyteller, proving he still knows how to hold an audience’s attention. He is as funny as you expect him to be, but he’s also smart, heartfelt, and at times, emotional.

Highlights include Dice reliving his first performance at Pips Comedy Club, a story about Dice’s mindset the night he went on Rodney Dangerfield’s life  changing special, how he developed the “character”, living in Mitzi Shore’s house in the 70’s, and his friendship and rivalry with , and a very emotional teary moment talking about losing .

This episode was so great that Dice was invited back for a part 2 in 2016, which will no doubt make our archives at some point. But it’s in this first hour, that you will hear the Diceman, like you’ve never heard him before, The hour was taped on November 14, 2014 at SiriusXM’s Fishbowl studio.

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