The Joe Rogan Experience #1989 – Andrew Dice Clay & Joe Rogan
Andrew Dice Clay is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He rose to prominence in the late 1980s with a brash, deliberately offensive persona known as "The Diceman". In 1990, he became the first stand-up comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden for two consecutive nights. That same year, he played the lead role in the comedy-mystery film The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. Clay has appeared in several films and television shows, including critically acclaimed supporting roles in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine (2013) and Bradley Cooper's directorial debut A Star Is Born (2018). He continues his acting career while also touring and performing stand-up. The television show Dice aired on Showtime for two seasons. He also launched a podcast, I'm Ova Hea' Now, in September 2018.
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A Fortuitous Encounter with Rick Rubin
In a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Andrew Dice Clay shares a fascinating story about his encounter with famed record producer Rick Rubin. Clay recalls how he met Rubin at a coffee shop, where Rubin expressed interest in producing an album with him. Despite Clay’s initial skepticism, Rubin’s genuine interest and calm demeanor impressed him, leading to a partnership that resulted in five successful comedy albums.
The Birth of 'The Day the Laughter Died'
Following the success of their high-powered comedy albums, Clay and Rubin contemplated their next project. The idea came from Clay’s love for performing late-night sets at The Comedy Store, where he would often play to small, quiet crowds. Clay wanted to capture the raw, unfiltered essence of these late-night sets, leading to the concept of ‘The Day the Laughter Died’ – an album recorded over three nights at Dangerfield’s comedy club, featuring Clay performing impromptu material to an unsuspecting audience.
The Unpredictable Dynamics of Live Comedy
‘The Day the Laughter Died’ was an experiment in pushing the boundaries of live comedy. Clay recounts the varying audience reactions, from the stark silence that allowed the sound of his smoking to be heard, to the walkouts of disgruntled audience members. Clay insisted on keeping these reactions in the final cut of the album, giving it an authentic, unfiltered feel.
The Impact of Audience Interactions
One particular interaction during the recording of ‘The Day the Laughter Died’ left a deep impression on Clay. He recalls a family from the Midwest, who sat in the front row, whose reactions (or lack thereof) to his risqué humor sparked Clay’s ire. The father’s laughter, in particular, provoked Clay into pushing the boundaries of his performance even further.
Reflecting on 'The Day the Laughter Died'
In retrospect, Clay views ‘The Day the Laughter Died’ as a bold exploration of comedy’s boundaries and a testament to his craft. Despite the unconventional approach and the mixed audience reactions, the album holds a special place in Clay’s heart and career. It serves as a reminder of the unpredictability of live comedy and the unique bond between a comedian and his audience.
In conclusion, Andrew Dice Clay’s recollections offer an insightful look into the unpredictable world of live comedy and the creative process behind one of his most daring projects. It serves as a testament to the boundary-pushing nature of comedy and the enduring impact of authentic, raw performances.