Clay rolling the dice again at Arcada Theatre
ANDREW DICE CLAY
7 and 9:30 p.m. Aug. 25
Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles
(630) 962-7000; osshows.com
Updated: August 22, 2012 3:26PM
Andrew “Dice” Clay — the only comedian ever to be banned from MTV — is coming to St. Charles to tape a Showtime special during his two Aug. 25 shows at the Arcada Theatre.
In the 1990s, Clay was a mega-popular, foul-mouthed comedian who once sold out Madison Square Garden two nights in a row. After media backlash, he faded from the public eye and spent the next two decades raising his kids.
Now 54, he recently experienced a career revival thanks to an appearance on the HBO series “Entourage,” which cast him as Johnny Drama’s co-star in the fictional program “Johnny’s Bananas.”
His role on “Entourage” that got him some big-name attention. Director Woody Allen took note and cast him in an upcoming film alongside the likes of Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Louis C.K. and Peter Sarsgaard.
“I’ve been preparing for this special for a couple years now,” Clay said. “I still throw in some of the classic [stuff], but quite honestly I have a whole new following these days thanks to ‘Entourage.’ I want to really thrill them with the new stuff.
“But like anyone going to see their favorite rock band or singer, they want to hear some of the old hits. So of course I’ll deliver some of that; like the Mother Goose stuff.”
Clay is looking forward to coming to the Arcada Theatre.
“Joan Rivers just did her special there and she said it went phenomenal,” he said. “I haven’t really done Chicago in years. I’ve got a lot of history there. It’s where I met my ex-wife and had the two greatest sons in the world, and now they’re coming back there with me. I wanted to do the special somewhere that really means something to me.”
Clay’s sons, Dillon and Max Silverstein, are musicians who open for their father.
“Their whole idea is to bring back the rock ’n’ roll that people miss so much,” Clay said. “It’s just so exciting to be doing this as a family and give what I consider to be the most exciting, one-hour, stand-up, rock ’n’ roll comedy show ever.”