After Louie became a low-rated but critically adored hit for FX, many networks tried to copy the show’s success by giving comedians across the spectrum semi-autobiographical shows of their own. Sometimes the experiments worked (Maron), and sometimes they didn’t (Legit).
The latest copycat inductee is Andrew Dice Clay. No, that’s not a typo. And given the above track record, this attempt is currently leaning towards the latter.
In a competitive situation, Showtime has landed Dice, a single-camera scripted comedy starring controversial actor-comedian Andrew Dice Clay, with a six-episode straight-to-series order.
Created and written by Scot Armstrong (Old School, The Hangover Part II), Dice, from Fox 21 TV Studios, chronicles “the semi-true stories of Andrew Dice Clay, one of the most polarizing men on the planet.” It follows the comedian as he works in Las Vegas to resurrect his career while supporting his family. And his girlfriend. And his ex-fiancée. And his ex-wife. And his mother-in-law. And his son’s band. Sean Furst, Bryan Furst, Richard Shepard, Bruce Rubenstein, Clay and Armstrong serve as executive producers. Production is slated to begin this year for a 2016 premiere. (Via Deadline)
After Fox’s Christopher Titus-starring Titus from 15 years ago, it’s an interesting time for stand-up comedians hoping for sitcoms. In previous decades, comedies based on hot comedians’ acts were visualized with physical gags (Seinfeld, The Drew Carey Show, Martin). Today’s sitcom world is rife with comedians who try to take their point of view to the small screen.
Louie isn’t Louie C.K.’s stand-up visualized — it’s his worldview. The same can be said of Maron. Hopefully, this is what becomes of Dice, but don’t hold your breath.