Two of comedy’s most controversial figures are joining forces for a standup tour that’s sure to raise eyebrows by partnering Roseanne Barr and Andrew Dice Clay.
Clay, the first comedian to ever sell out New York’s Madison Square Garden, spoke to Fox News to announce that he and the disgraced “Roseanne” star will be hitting the road for their “Mr. and Mrs. America” comedy tour.
“She’s a comic because she’s wacky. I’ve known her since we were kids. When people ask about what she said, I say, ‘She’s a comic!’ We gotta stop policing comedians. This is America!” said Clay of Barr, who was notoriously fired from her eponymous sitcom last year after issuing a tweet comparing former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett — who is African-American — to “Planet of the Apes”.
Clay, who has faced past criticism for sexist and homophobic jokes, was quick to defend Barr. “I was given a little flak about this, a little bulls**t, when I pulled her onstage at the Laugh Factory in Vegas, but we’ve been friends for 30 years,” he said.
According to Clay, the tour was inspired by what he sees as the politically correct policing of comedians.
“America really needs to lighten up and not worry about the words comedians use because it’s all we have,” Clay insisted. “There’s clean stuff and there’s street stuff. I’m a street guy because I tell it like it is. I’m living it more now than I have for a really long time. My shows have been longer, my material is fresher. With these shows, I can do as long as I want because it’s one show a night.”
While dates have been announced for the tour, Clay’s recent Instagram post states that tickets will be going on sale next week.