Andrew Dice Clay will ring in the new year with a New Year’s Eve stand-up special on Showtime, the pay-cable channel announced late Friday.
The special, titled “Andrew Dice Clay: Indestructible,” will be the Dice-man’s first stand-up performance on TV in 17 years, according to The Hollywood Reporter (although he’s been seen sporadically as an actor, most notably in a story arc on “Entourage” on HBO).
Clay, 55, was once the most popular — and incendiary — comedian in America, selling out huge arenas in the late 1980s and early 1990s for performances that were among the most profane ever staged in the history of stand-up comedy (an entertainment form not exactly known for being G-rated).
The announcement from Showtime even had a prepared quote from Dice explaining his “filth.” “My filth is derived from watching people, whether it be behind a bedroom door, or on a New York City subway,” Clay is quoted as saying. “At the end of the day, it’s comedy, it’s what I do. If I really did just one quarter of what I say on stage, I’d be doing 25 to life.”
This New Year’s Eve Showtime special — scheduled to air at 10/9c on Monday, Dec. 31 — won’t be a live show. It was filmed for Showtime way back in August at the Arcada Theatre (capacity: about 900) in St. Charles, Ill., about 40 miles west of Chicago.