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An­drew Dice Clay has achieved many things. The con­tro­ver­sial US co­me­dian has sold out two con­sec­u­tive nights at New York City’s Madi­son Square Gar­den – a record un­equalled to this day.

He’s been banned from MTV for life for recit­ing naughty nurs­ery rhymes. He’s even worked with Cate Blanchett and Woody Allen.

But the self-pro­claimed “Dice­man” hasn’t tested his stand-up skills on an all- Aus­tralian au­di­ence. Un­til now. Any­one who sus­pects Clay might be ap­pre­hen­sive about his first-ever trip Down Un­der sim­ply needs to stick his name into YouTube to be proved wrong.

“I’ll give them ex­actly what they want, and what they came to see – the most out­ra­geous comic in the world,” Clay says back­stage be­fore his first Syd­ney show.

“This is the first time I’ve left the States to per­form some­where, and that’s what’s ex­cit­ing to me, to see if what I do in the States works here just as well.”

The no­to­ri­ous all-smoking, X-rated New York na­tive cer­tainly has Aus­tralian fans; they date all the way back to his 1990s prime. So he knows they’re here. “I just want to de­liver for them. I want them to leave the the­atre and say ‘I never saw any­thing like that’.”

Not that Clay knows what “that” is yet.

Only half an hour be­fore he goes on stage to trans­form into his ob­nox­ious “Dice­man” character, the 57-year-old still couldn’t say what’s go­ing to come out of his mouth.

He says he never re­ally thinks about his shows at all un­til he’s do­ing them.

“My re­hearsal is ba­si­cally on stage. That’s how I like to per­form. I like it to be very or­ganic,” he ex­plains.

Clay was the “orig­i­nal” rock’n’roll stand-up comic.

His rise was me­te­oric, mostly be­cause no one in Amer­ica had ever seen any­thing quite like him.

Clay mostly joked about sex. And gay peo­ple. And sex.

His in­fa­mous low­brow ap­pro­pri­a­tions of nurs­ery rhymes made crowds ex­plode with laugh­ter.

An­drew Dice Clay, Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino, Satur­day night.

An­drew Dice Clay does his ‘re­hearsal’ when he gets on stage.

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