Controversial for his blunt, blatant, very politically incorrect routine, Andrew Dice Clay makes no apologies. The Brooklyn-born comedian is known for his raw and often sexist comments, and his unpredictable outrageousness is likely what sold out Madison Square Garden in New York City two nights in a row during the peak of his popularity in the 1990s. Today he is doing smaller venues and most recently was on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice." He has the ignominious title of being the first contestant fired by Donald Trump this season. He will be appearing at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg at 8 p.m. Saturday. For tickets, call 724-836-8000 or go to thepalacetheatre.org.
Q: What made you decide to do "Celebrity Apprentice"?
A: It's got a tremendous viewing audience. That's why you go on TV. Anybody who says they go on for any other reason is full of [expletive]. You know what I mean? I mean, charity is a good thing. Money is a good thing, and it's great that the money earned goes to charity, but if the celebrities going on there thought that two people were watching, OK, you know they'd go, "Oh, no, I'm not interested in that show. I'm looking for something bigger." They'd all be lying to you. At least, I tell you the way it comes down. I tell you straight out.
Q: Were you surprised about being the first one kicked off the show?
A: You know, I felt I was really being set up on it. Right from the get-go, so that's sort of why I acted the way I did on the show. Of course, they don't show you the really great stuff. That's the one thing I hate about any kind of television; they can edit it any way they want. Even at the beginning you see a little interview with me like saying something nasty about Melissa Rivers. But that interview didn't happen until about an hour before I left to go back to L.A. You see what I mean? The reason it was even said is when we did the board room meeting at the end and she was asked who she'd get fired, she said me. And I didn't understand that because we literally spent no time with the women on the show. So she wouldn't know of any work I've done. So it was just said out of whatever kind of animosity she has toward me. It was stupid, so yeah, of course, when they asked me about it I wasn't that nice -- you know about the son of Frankenstein.
Q: But you and Joan Rivers seem to get along pretty well.
A: I love Joan Rivers. I won't bad-mouth her. I think she's great. I've got a little history with her. She's the first one to ever put me on a real talk show, when she had her own talk show. So in my mind, I was like, if Joan goes after me a little, you know what, I'm gonna let her [laughing]. Just out of respect for her and the career she's had. But the daughter, on the other hand, who does nothing other than be connected to her by the hip, I mean, you've got to be a moron to open your mouth about me and think I'm not going to make fun of you after that, especially when there's so much to make fun of.
Q: What about [the reports of] Dennis Rodman having a drinking problem?
A: Dennis I'm friends with. I don't know what his habits are at all. You know, I don't hang with him like that. We don't party together, so I really don't know. Tom Green, me and him hang out a lot so I know how crazy he is [laughs]. He's hysterical, and we get along great. Once again they didn't even show [on "Celebrity Apprentice"] the great stuff between us. We're like brothers.
Q: So the editing really changes the reality and reality isn't so real.
A: Not at all. That's why when I did a reality show a few years ago called "Undisputed," I had a lot of problems with it. The thing about me is, I film my life. They didn't even need to film anything. They would come up with concepts like this episode should do this. I'm going, "Why are we faking it? Why not just take my tapes and edit it the proper way?" Because I really know how to film, and when I say, "Film my life," I mean I film it, almost as a movie. I just have years of footage.
Q: So how did you develop the stand-up act?
A: You know what, it's too far to go back. I'm gonna have a book come out about all that stuff, and I don't think we enough time to really get into all that. You know what I mean?
Q: So you're doing a book?
A: Yeah, I've written it already. Now it's about who's going to put it out. But, yeah, my life's been an incredible roller-coaster ride. I never aimed for stand-up, but once I got involved and realized I liked it, I just decided to become the ultimate rock 'n' roll stand-up ever because I never really studied comics. I was really into rock 'n' roll. What I do was to bring excitement to something that never really had excitement around it.
Q: So how has your material changed or your persona since the '90s?
A: My persona never changes. I mean, I am what I am. But the material changes because the world turns.
Q: Do you go with the flow as far as comedy taste?
A: Oh, I don't care what anybody does on stage. I don't even think there's many funny people out there today. I just do what I want to do. I don't write anything down. I go with what the world is, and I make it funny. I know how to paint the pictures like nobody [laughing].
Q: Is there anything you ever regret saying in your act?
A: No, not really. It's all comedy.
Q: You get a lot more flak than some others.
A: That's because there was never anybody like me. Bottom line, it's one of a kind. I mean, every comic today wants to sell out Madison Square Garden, but to beat my record they've got to sell out about 300 arenas. My record will never be broken, probably. I went and went with arenas until about '94. Then supposedly when it was over I was doing 10,000 people a night. It's an incredible ride I've taken. I thought for a long time that maybe I wanted to do the arena thing again, but I don't want to relive a dream I've already accomplished and done so well. I just want to do things the way I want to do them.
Patricia Sheridan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-2613.