Andrew Dice Clay
In 1978, he auditioned at Pips, a local comedy club in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, doing comedic impressions, then headlined there the following week as "Andrew Clay." His act at the time included an impression of John Travolta in Grease and Jerry Lewis as The Nutty Professor. Clay graduated to the major Manhattan comedy clubs, including Budd Friedman's The Improv, Catch a Rising Star and Dangerfield's. His move to Los Angeles came in 1980. He was "adopted" there by Mitzi Shore, owner of the famed Comedy Store. His work at the Store led to sitcom appearances on M*A*S*H and Diff'rent Strokes. He later landed roles in movies such as Making the Grade (1984), Pretty in Pink (1986) and Casual Sex? (1988).
He had a regular role on Crime Story from 1986 to 1988. He eventually turned from acting to pursue a career in stand-up comedy, focusing on the character "Dice" from Making the Grade. His big break came in 1988 when he did a seven-minute set at Dangerfield's during the Rodney Dangerfield special "Nothing Goes Right." It was there that he met his agent Dennis Arfa, which led to his first HBO special, and ultimately his starring role in the 1990 film The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.
Andrew "Dice" Clay (born Andrew Clay Silverstein on September 29, 1957, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor and comedian.
Dice performed his first HBO Special in Philadelphia called The Diceman Cometh in 1989, and had his first starring role in a feature film (as Ford Fairlane) entitled The Adventures of Ford Fairlane in 1990.
His popularity waned after this period. In 2002 he divorced his wife and focused in part on raising his two sons. and in 2007 he attempted a comeback with the reality TV series Dice: Undisputed.
He was controversial for his profanity and for the sexism in his routines, for which he was banned from MTV and boycotted by Sinéad O'Connor and Nora Dunn, the former a guest and the latter a cast member on a 1990 episode of Saturday Night Live that Clay hosted.
According to his official website, "His rise to fame was meteoric - with sold-out arenas, platinum albums, and starring roles in films and TV specials. His fall was just as epic- blackballed by the industry and becoming the man to hate by every PC group in the country."
He will appear as a part of NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice 2. Throughout the season, each celebrity will be raising money for a charity of their choice; Clay has selected StandUp For Kids.