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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (November 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476734712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476734712
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the midst of reading this book I remembered what I really, really liked about Andrew Dice Clay--he said what you thought and would never say out loud; very honest and bitingly funny. The only thing I truly didn't know was what a fine actor he is (but that's not in the book, I'm just commenting). I loved the book because it's him. It's SO him." (Whoopi Goldberg)

“I've known Dice since he was Andrew Silverstein and his nursery rhymes were actual nursery rhymes. I've always thought his life would be a page turner. I wasn't wrong. Anybody who is a fan of comedy owes it to themselves to know Dice's whole story. The Filthy Truth is he's a really great guy and a hell of a storyteller.” (Arsenio Hall)

"After working with Andrew on Blue Jasmine he will always appear to me as an incredibly talented movie actor. I encourage anyone to read this book to discover the path that led him there." (Alec Baldwin)

“No one did it bigger, louder, or ruder. And definitely no one did it funnier than Andrew Dice Clay.” (Nikki Sixx)

“My friend Andrew Silverstein is a great comic who invented a character, 'Andrew Dice Clay,' who intends to offend, expose, and mock the common arrogance and stupidity of the ultra-macho male dinosaur, allowing us to laugh the whole archetype to scorn.” (Roseanne Barr)

"I remember where I was when Dice appeared on the Rodney Dangerfield special in 1988 (my parents living room). I immediately knew we were entering a new age of comedy. Like Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor before him, Dice was so stunningly shocking you couldn’t look away. I swore that one day I would work with this guy. It took 20 years, but when he came onto the Entourage set it was like I was a kid again watching as a fan. He’s a such a force and a presence that I think the revival that he is experiencing right now will be even more spectacular than his first time around." (Doug Ellin, creator of the HBO television series Entourage)

"This guy Dice provokes everybody. He’s made a career out of his foul mouth and politically incorrect humor. Why would anyone want to live that way?" (Eminem)

"Andrew is one of the great comedians of our time. His best material is funny for a thousand reasons. I can't remember laughing harder at anyone more than him." (Rick Rubin)

"Dice is a absolute gentleman behind the scenes and in real life.. But a total BEAST on stage... 100% Original. Now buy his book!" (Ice-T)

“As low-down and dirty as ever.” (Maxim)

About the Author

Andrew Dice Clay is a stand-up icon, actor, and the most controversial and outrageous comedian of all time. He even holds the distinction of being the only performer to have been banned for life from MTV. Dice is also the only comedian to perform in front of 100,000 people, opening up for Guns N’ Roses at the Rose Bowl. He starred in the cult classic films Casual Sex?, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, and the concert movie Dice Rules; headlined several HBO specials; released bestselling DVDs and multi-gold-and platinum CDs; and was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2012, his first stand-up special in seventeen years, Indestructible, was Showtime’s highest-rated comedy special to date. Once again and forever, Dice Rules.

David Ritz is the only four-time winner of the Gleason Music Book Award. He has collaborated with Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Smokey Robinson, and Don Rickles. He also cowrote, with Gaye, the song “Sexual Healing.”

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A very entertaining book!
ZXY
I read this book in just a couple of days and I really actually wanted more, that is my only complaint.
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I ended up really liking the guy...the man ..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ZXY on February 3, 2015
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This book is a great read, especially if you are a Dice fan. It delves pretty deep into his beginnings as a comic and takes you into the height of his career. Four stars only because as much as it goes into detail about how he started out, it breezes through the low times he had after controversy really hit his popularity. It would have been nice to find out more about how he went through the span of years where he someone dropped out of the popular eye. It felt like the last chapter or so was rushed through in an effort to finish the book. Still worth the read though. He has many entertaining stories about other comedians and stars of the time. A very entertaining book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bloated Boy on December 29, 2014
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The rise and fall and rise again of Andrew Clay Silverstein aka The Diceman is chronicled rather nicely in The Filthy Truth.

One thing I found interesting that the first 300 pages covered his life from birth in 1957 until around 1995 or so, then the next 20 pages covered the mid-'90's until the present day. I understand that his professional prime was around 1990, but as he's had a resurgence in recent years I was hoping for a bit more insight into that time period. His brilliant turn in a Woody Allen film, for example, was glossed over in no more than a cursory paragraph.

Also, I'm growing a bit tired of the autobiographies that just read like some sleazebags creepy journal. Yes Dice, we get it - you got laid. And I get that his "character" was something of a lady killer with a foul mouth, but the lick-by-suck accounts of his bedroom conquests got old quick.

I feel that, having read this book, Clay thinks a little to highly of his place in comedy/entertainment history. He talks about events in his life like they were earth-shattering moments in time. For example, at one point he talks about the first time that he did the "taking a puff of a cigarette his his hand wrapped around his neck" on the film 'Pretty in Pink' and noted that it was one of his most beloved acts.

Overall, certainly not a bad book, I only wish we got the real Andrew Silverstein and less Diceman.
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Format: Hardcover
In the introduction to the book Andrew Dice Clay promises you will love his book and I think he delivers on that promise. Usually I don't tend to like the childhood anecdotes of celebrity bios but his were very interesting and illuminating. I especially liked the stories of the Catskills. The book is written in short chapters and is basically the chronology of Dice's career and life. A lot of the beginning details his sexual appetiites and those stories are funny if not a bit demeaning to some of the women. Then he launches his comedy career and the creation of the dice character and how far he got in his career. I liked reading about Rodney Dangerfield and Sam Kinison. You could really sense his affection for these two men. There is a longer chapter about his flirtation and conquest of a young Teri Hatcher when they made a movie together in the early 1990's.
I thought he ended the book pretty abruptly. I would have liked to have read what he did when his career waned and he basically raised his two sons after his divorce from his wife Trini. I also would have liked a little more about Woody Allen. All in all it was a very fast and entertaining book to enjoy. Plaudits should go to David Ritz the co author who did a great job distilling Dice.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Luke on December 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Way too short and not in-depth enough. I'm a huge Dice fan and was hoping for more; this felt more like the Cliff's Notes version of his life. I love comedian biographies more than anything else, was pretty bummed this one didn't dig deeper. Almost like he took a page (no pun intended) from Rodney Dangerfield's book, which had the same problem.

Some of the most epic moments of his career are covered in literally two pages. (Are these "chapters?") Zero stories from the actual shoot of Ford Fairlane. I think his 2nd stint at the Garden is covered in 3-4 pages. No mention of the years long feud he had with O&A directly after that. (Always wanted to hear his side of it) No mention of his fairly impressive guest spot on MASH before he was a comic. Where is all this stuff? There's 9,000 stories of him banging hot chicks on 2 coasts, but where's the rest?

Still a good read and had some great stories, it just feels like he threw it together in a week & they published it. I flew from LA to NY and was done before we landed. I think this would have been a much better book if he had an actual biographer interview him and put it together.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Charles Wimer III on January 5, 2015
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A true biography in every sense of the word. You honestly feel Andrew's presence when reading The Filthy Truth. The title is VERY appropriate as this book has some VERY erotic elements to it. I enjoyed the book because of its very light nature. I wanted a laugh or two and I certainly got it. The first 50 pages or so are rather boring because it focuses on his childhood but the last 300 are pages of surprise. In the end, I was left with the following conclusion: his really loves his kids and mother and father, loves his Brooklyn and Jewish heritage and has a very strong ego (which should be expected). Andrew has no hidden agenda. What you see is what you get and you've got to love the pure honesty.
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