Do you want more Andrew Dice Clay in your life? Well, you’re in luck. Variety reports that Showtime has given a six-episode order for the comedy series Dice, which the polarizing comedian will topline. Dice will play himself in the half-hour, semi-autobiographical series, which is targeted for a 2016 debut. The story will revolve around his life in Las Vegas as he tries to reclaim his former stand-up glory “while juggling obligations to his family, his ex-wife, and former fiancé.”
The Hangover Part II and Semi-Pro screenwriter Scot Armstrong is behind the project creatively, serving as writer, director, and executive producer, with Dice also acting as an executive producer on the show. The straight-to-series order is a vote of confidence from Showtime, and Clay himself is coming off a surprisingly strong dramatic turn in Woody Allen’s 2013 film Blue Jasmine after gaining a career boost with a recurring stint in the final season of HBO’s Entourage.
The show sounds like Dice’s version of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and that’s a pretty solid prospect. Showtime’s always been a bit more “outside the box” in relation to HBO when it comes to original comedy programming, and I imagine Dice will fit into its schedule quite nicely. I’ll be curious to see if Dice embraces a dramatic edge in addition to straight up comedy, like Showtime’s drama-tinged “comedies” Shameless or Nurse Jackie. Given the caliber of dramatic performance we got from Dice on Blue Jasmine, it’s clear the guy would be able to deliver in the drama arena should Dice decide to move in that direction.