Sunday, May 1, 2016

New Tube: Dice

Remember Andrew Dice Clay? I honestly don't remember him during his rise in the 90's but was a fan of action-comedy starring vehicle The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. The outrageous and inappropriate comic was banned by MTV (wussies) for reciting X-rated nursery rhymes before being branded a homophobic misogynist by middle America yet performed for 100,000 people a week at his height. After a few quieter years, Dice has experienced a steady resurgence after appearances on Celebrity Apprentice, Entourage, Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, stand up special Indestructible, autobiography The Filthy Truth, Martin Scorsese's Vinyl and his own current Showtime series Dice. All six episodes were released simultaneously on Sho's on-demand platform but thanks to a free year long subscription, I'm watching the show every Sunday night. And you know what? It's pretty funny.

Created by Old School co-writer Scot Armstrong, Dice sees the Diceman living a quiet life in Las Vegas with live in ladyfriend Carmen (Natasha Leggero) as he tries to keep his career going and stave off bankruptcy. He takes long lines of credit from the local casino, in the hole for $100,000 then going on a hot streak and winning $200,000 when he's supposed to be at his lady's brother's homosexual marriage. Character ace Kevin Corrigan plays buddy/assistant/confidant Milkshake and we meet him drinking a cup of gravy. The second episode finds Oscar winner Adrien Brody hilariously shadowing Dice to build his character for an off Broadway show and it's simply fantastic. Brody is a talented actor and pokes fun at the Method Actor dynamic, soaking up all he can from Dice, eating Combo's, interacting with people, trying on fingerless gloves and even wants to watch Dice "do the f*cking". The Vegas setting sets up some fun cameos and scenarios like Chriss Angel mind freaking Dice and a bachelor party on a bus gone wrong. Dice's fading celebrity and past are used for the show, creating an amusing self deprecating humor that at once gives you a glimpse at the human side of the comedian while reminding you why he was famous with bursts of angry, profanity laced observations on modern life. All in an enjoyable 30 minutes that I wish extended beyond six parts.

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