Born in Brooklyn with Pride: Andrew Dice Clay
I recently was entertained by Andrew Dice Clay in the remake of "A Star is Born" in which he plays Lady Gaga's father Lorenzo. He was surprisingly good without raising his voice. It simply goes to show how he's grown and matured as an Actor and Comedian at age 61.
Andrew Dice Clay was born in the Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn as was Larry David. Clay attended James Madison High School.
In the 1980 Andrew Dice Clay known as "The Diceman" was an outrageously funny Comedian. He was brash, macho, loud, obscene and down-right outrageous, flinging jokes around that were totally unfiltered. He offended people in a Don Rickles like manner.
For sure he carved a niche for himself over the years. He was so popular that in 1990 he sold out Madison Square Garden in Manhattan for two consecutive nights. He was in-fact the first Comedian to accomplish this feat.
Also in 1990, he starred in the "Adventures of Ford Fairlane" which I remember going to see at the movies. He pretty much played himself. And again, I was entertained.
The Brooklyn-born comedy stars list is long and includes: Jackie Gleason, Danny Kaye, Moe & Curly of the Three Stoges, Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon to name a few.
Brooklyn sports legends include: Vince Lombardi, Vinnie Testaverde, Phil Rizzuto, Tommy Davis, Connie Hawkins, Chris Mullin, Carmelo Anthony, Mike Tyson and Michael Jordan to name a few.
Though I was a proud Manhattan resident for 12 years, I was equally as proud to say I was born in Brooklyn. I lived in Brooklyn for the first seven years of my life in the Avenue J section near Brooklyn College and later in the Sunset Park (53rd St. & 6th Avenue).
I attended PS 94 and remember as a kid going to Sunset Park with my mother and little cousins to cool off in their large water sprinkler version of a pool. It was how us city kids survived the hot summers. As a teenager, I spent three summers at my Uncle's house in Gerritsen Beach. As an adult, I worked at the Brooklyn Army Terminal for three years.
Who would have imagined the two family house my grandparents bought in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn for $11,000 in 1940’s would eventually sell for $2,525,000.
No matter who I meet or work with, there’s never any hesitation when asked; Where were you born? I say Brooklyn with pride.