You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

TV Review: ‘Dice’

Andrew Dice Clay, Kevin Corrigan, Natasha Leggero

There’s a strong element of nostalgia in “Dice,” Showtime’s nobody-was-really-asking-for-this comedy featuring Andrew Dice Clay — and that’s just in the opening credits. Starting with footage of the controversial comic from his arena-filling heyday, the series proceeds to introduce him, not very imaginatively, as a slightly worn-down version of himself, eking out a living while enduring various indignities in the colorful confines of Las Vegas. The show has its moments, spread over six episodes, but as showbiz perches goes, this one is hardly the top of the world, ma.

Dice” presents Clay as an insecure and misunderstood funny man, one who seldom misses an opportunity to remind people that he’s Andrew, not the boorish guy he played on stage. Eschewing much of a support system, in terms of series regulars, the show flanks him only with a live-in girlfriend (played by comic Natasha Leggero, who deserves better) and a buddy named Milkshake (Kevin Corrigan), who is generally there to make Dice seem like the smartest guy in the room by a mile.

The conceit is that Dice has largely blown through much of his cash, which, in a later episode (and one of the best ones), means he can no longer pick up the tab to treat his visiting buddies as ostentatiously as he once did. Yet the nature of the show is highly episodic, depending on the guests in each episode, which frankly makes Showtime’s decision to stream the entire season (such as it is) somewhat puzzling.

The premiere, in which Dice attends a gay wedding — a thorny proposition given how his stand-up act angered the LGBT community — is perhaps the most sitcom-like of the episodes, which then proceed to plunge into celebrity cameos. That includes Adrien Brody, who, as a method-acting exercise, wants to hang out with Dice to experience his machismo; an unfortunate run-in with magician (sorry, “mind freak”) Criss Angel; and an inevitable brush with Vegas staple Wayne Newton.

Created by Scot Armstrong (“Old School”), the show does contain funny bits, such as Brody’s performance, which gradually morphs into a dead-on impersonation; or Lorraine Bracco’s amusing turn as a tough-as-nails casino boss. Other aspects, however, simply feel tired, such as a subplot in which Dice is concerned that his sex life at home isn’t hot enough. (His first proposed solution: Invite other women to join them.)

While “Dice” appears to have been pitched as a sort-of variation on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the comparison pretty much ends there. Nor is the show helped by the fact that it happens to arrive days after George Lopez and David Hasselhoff were each trotted out in similar vehicles, which makes the star-playing-himself formula seem less edgy than merely lazy, as if the actors don’t want to worry about bothering to remember character names too.

There is something evergreen in contemplating how the view changes as one ascends and descends the show-business ladder, and Clay obviously has an interesting persona to probe. By that measure, “Dice” is hardly a sucker’s bet. It’s just that the series brings so little new to that proposition, or to its hero’s predicament, as to feel, more often than not, like a roll that comes up snake eyes.

TV Review: 'Dice'

(Series; Showtime, Sun. April 10, 9:30 p.m.)

Production: Filmed in Las Vegas and Los Angeles by Ole and American Work Inc. in association with Fox 21 Television Studios.

Crew: Executive producers, Scot Armstrong, Sean Furst, Bryan Furst, Andrew Dice Clay, Bruce Rubenstein, Brian Gatewood, Alessandro Tanaka; producer, Chris Plourde; director, Armstrong; writer, Jackie Clarke; camera, John Tanzer; production designer, Ian Phillips; editor, Adam Burr; music, Elegant Too; casting, Anya Colloff, Michael Nicolo, Jessica Munks. 30 MIN.

Cast: Andrew Dice Clay, Kevin Corrigan, Natasha Leggero

More TV

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    'Bohemian Rhapsody,' 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Among Cinema Audio Society Winners

    Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the Cinema Audio Society’s top prize for sound mixing at Saturday night’s 55th annual CAS Awards. The film is Oscar-nominated for sound mixing this year along with “Black Panther,” “First Man,” “Roma” and “A Star Is Born.” In a surprise over heavy-hitters “Incredibles 2” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Wes [...]

  • Marvelous Mrs Maisel Vice

    'Vice,' 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Lead Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Winners

    Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice,” starring Oscar nominees Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell, won two awards at the sixth annual Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Saturday night. The film won for best period and/or character makeup as well as special makeup effects. “Mary Queen of Scots” received the prize for period [...]

  • Jussie Smollett Good Morning America

    Jussie Smollett Angrily Denies Complicity in Attack

    Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett issued a statement Saturday denying that he orchestrated his Jan. 29 assault, and saying he is “angered” and “devastated” by recent developments in the case. Chicago police want to interview Smollett, after learning new evidence from two Nigerian brothers who were released on Friday night. Local media outlets have [...]

  • Jussie Smollett Empire

    Chicago Police Want to Talk to Jussie Smollett as New Evidence Emerges

    Chicago police are seeking to re-interview “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, after new evidence emerged in his alleged assault. Smollett has claimed that two men attacked him at 2 a.m. on Jan. 29, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, poured bleach on him, and put a noose around his neck. The Chicago Police Department has consistently said [...]

  • Five Takes on Canal Plus, Federation’s

    Just Days Left to Catch Canal Plus’ ‘The Bureau’ on MyFFF

    The most lauded of titles on this year’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, UniFrance’s online showcase featured by over 50 OTT services around the world, may not be a film but a drama series. With four seasons aired, and a milestone in world sales on a French TV show, slow-boiling espionage series ‘Le Bureau des légendes’ (“The Bureau”) is [...]

  • Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith

    Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith Dies at 78

    Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, the historian who spent 40 years cataloging and preserving the company’s legacy of entertainment and innovation, died Friday in Burbank, Calif. He was 78. Smith served as Disney’s chief archivist from 1970 to 2010. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and served as a consultant to the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content