Review and photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Danny Zelisko Presents
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Ballroom
Date: Saturday Jan 27th, 2018
Lenny Bruce in the early 60s started the modern brash and sometimes vulgar comedic style that paved the way for future comedians. Buddy Hackett came later in the 60s and early 70s. Then Richard Pryor in the late 70s and early 80s. Then in the late 80s and 90s came Andrew Dice Clay, The Diceman and he took it to the next level. The Diceman was brash, offensive and macho in his leather outfit, slicked back hair and cigarette. He would strut around the stage offering commentaries on sex, politics and religion. A lot of people hated Andrew and some even walked out of his shows but he still gained a huge following. If you looked past the outrageous language, what he was saying at the time was typically on topic politically, but still out there for most people when it came to sex.
Due to the “political correctness” of the late 90s and 2000s, Andrew fell out of favor. MTV banded him for life because he did his “adult nursery rhymes” during the Video Music Awards in 1989. Numerous female entertainers refuse to this day to work with Andrew due to his explicit language and sexist humor.
That brings us to tonight’s show. The lights go down, the rock music starts and Andrew come strutting out on stage in his classic leathers and slicked back hair. He reminded me of the guys on MTV’s Jersey Shore. After he cuts off the music, he pulls out a cigarette (no longer lit) and starts his monologue. His topics range from sex, marriage (including his) to politics. One of the best lines of the night for me was when he said, “I might run for President in 2020. I can’t be worse then what is already there.”
I only saw 2 people get up and leave during the performance and that was near the end. Most of the people were having a good time and laughing a lot. There were a few “cringe-worthy” times during the show, but they were soon overlooked by the next funning comment. It was a typical Diceman concert. If you ever heard Andrew then you got what you were expecting. For those people that don’t like Andrew or his material, then don’t buy a ticket. But for those that either like Andrew or are not that easily offended, then Andrew can put on a very funny show.
The Diceman ended his show with his classic “Adult Nursery Rhymes”. These included, “Three Blind Mice”, “Jack and Jill”, “Mary Had A Little Lamb” and “Little Miss Muffet”. A large number of the audience recited along with Andrew the rhymes.
Photo © Fred Kuhlman 2018
Is a female comedian from South Philly. She is one of 10 children from an Irish-Catholic family. Initially she was attempting to be an actress, but Andrew Dice Clay saw her “one woman show” and talked her into performing comedy shows. She talked a lot about her family and how things have changed since they have gotten older. She told the story about her niece going roller blading, so they had her put on “knee, shoulder, elbow pads and a helmet”. Eleanor commented to her brother, “Why are you making her wear all of this?”, and he said to protect her. Eleanor then told us that this was the same bother that use to baby sit her and put her in a dryer and then turned it on. Eleanor language is ruff and she talks about sex a lot, so be forewarned. I really enjoyed she performance and would see her again if she came back to town.
Photo © Fred Kuhlman 2018