Earlier this year, the comedy gods gave us the gift of DICE, a half-hour, semi-autobiographical Showtime series based on one of comedy’s most legendary stars: Andrew Dice Clay. As it turns out, the gods are feeling generous this year: Showtime has just announced that DICE has been renewed for a second season.
— Dice (@SHO_Dice) September 22, 2016
Dice is, of course, known to comedy fans the world over as the larger-than-life comic who was the first funnyman to ever sell out Madison Square Garden. In more recent years, however, Dice has proven that he doesn’t just have jokes: He’s got acting chops as well. On top of his self-titled show, Dice has also had roles in the HBO shows Vinyl and Entourage, as well as a part in Woody Allen’s lauded 2013 film Blue Jasmine.
It’s no surprise that someone who can create and keep up the role of a character like “The Diceman” can also act, but Dice has certainly surprised some (us included) with just how convincing and genuine he is in his roles. In DICE, we see a different side of the comic, one that struggles to deal with the consequences of publicly being “The Diceman” while also trying to maintain his suburban life and relationships with his sons and girlfriend in private. The series, while semi-fictionalized, shows a side of Dice unfamiliar to those who only know his stage persona. DICE shows us an Andrew Dice Clay that isn’t always in control, who makes bad decisions and rubs people the wrong way even when attempting to do right. The series really serves to humanize Dice and show a nuanced side to him that is rarely seen by the masses, and that nuance is a big contributing factor to Dice’s triumphant return to the spotlight.
Dice has shown the world that he’s not just a one-trick pony, and we can’t wait to see him get more comfortable and stretch his legs a bit in DICE’s second season. If you’re not following this show, which also stars Kevin Corrigan (Pineapple Express, The Departed) and Natasha Leggero (Another Period, Brickleberry), then you’re missing out. Production on the second season, which will be taking place in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, doesn’t start until 2017, so there’s plenty of time to catch up on the first season over at Showtime’s website.