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Artie Lange
Arthur Steven "Artie" Lange Jr. (born October 11, 1967) is an American comedian, actor, author, and radio and podcast host, best known for his tenures

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This article is about the comedian. For the Scottish psychiatrist, see R. D. Laing. Artie Lange Lange in September 2006Birth name Arthur Steven Lange Jr.Born (1967-10-11) October 11, 1967 (age 50)
Livingston, New Jersey, U.S.Medium Stand-up, television, film, radio, booksYears active 1987–present[1][2]Website

Arthur Steven "Artie" Lange Jr. (born October 11, 1967) is an American comedian, actor, author, and radio and podcast host, best known for his tenures on The Howard Stern Show and the sketch comedy series Mad TV. Born and raised in New Jersey, Lange first worked as a longshoreman and taxi driver to help support his family following the death of his quadriplegic father. In 1987, he made his debut as a stand up comic and took up the profession full-time in the early 1990s, performing in clubs and improv shows in and around New York City.

In 1995, Lange moved to Los Angeles to star in the first season of Mad TV. His arrest for cocaine possession during the second season led to his departure and subsequent rehabilitation. In 1997, Norm Macdonald chose Lange to co-star in his comedy film Dirty Work (1998), which secured Lange several film and television roles including Macdonald's sitcom, The Norm Show. In 2001, Lange returned to New Jersey and became a member of The Howard Stern Show until December 2009. He pursued various projects during this time; he released two comedy albums, co-wrote, produced, and starred in his feature film, Artie Lange's Beer League (2006), and released his first book, Too Fat to Fish (2008), which entered The New York Times Best Seller list at number one.

In 2011, Lange completed rehabilitation and resumed his career. He co-hosted The Nick & Artie Show with Nick Di Paolo until Di Paolo's departure in 2013; the show was renamed The Artie Lange Show and lasted until 2014. During this time, Lange released his second book, Crash and Burn (2013). He hosted the podcast The Artie Quitter Podcast from 2015 to 2017, and his third book, Wanna Bet?, is set for release in 2018. Lange was co-host of The Artie and Anthony Show with Anthony Cumia in 2017 and 2018 and continues to perform stand-up and act, most recently in the HBO series Crashing.

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 1987–1995: Early career
    • 2.2 1995–1997: Mad TV
    • 2.3 1997–2001: Dirty Work and The Norm Show
    • 2.4 2001–2008: The Howard Stern Show and Artie Lange's Beer League
    • 2.5 2008–2009: Various projects and Stern Show departure
    • 2.6 2010–2014: Suicide attempt, radio show and second book
    • 2.7 2014–present: Podcast, third book, Crashing, and new show
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
    • 4.1 Stand up comedy
    • 4.2 Books
    • 4.3 Television
    • 4.4 Feature films
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links
Early life

Lange was born on October 11, 1967 in Livingston, New Jersey,[3] and was raised in Union Township, Union County. His mother, Judy (née Caprio), of Italian descent, was a housewife, while his father, Arthur Lange Sr., of German and Native American descent, was a general contractor who installed television antennas.[4] His sister Stacey is a fashion designer.[5] Two weeks after Lange's birth, his father went on trial for keeping $200,000 in counterfeit money for a loan shark, but was spared jail time out of the court's sympathy for his young son.[3][6] In August 2003, Lange found out he is approximately twenty-five per cent American Indian after submitting a sample of his DNA for testing.[7]

Lange attended Union High School, during which he played baseball and became an all-county third baseman.[8] His poor grades required him to attend summer school in order to graduate.[9] In August 1985, Lange was arrested for attempted bank robbery. He claimed he was trying to flirt with the teller by passing her a note that said he was armed and demanded $50,000. The teller took it seriously, triggering a silent alarm. His charge was reduced to disorderly conduct which required Lange to pay $500 in court fees and complete 25 hours of community service in March 1986.[10][11] As part of his probation, Lange attended the Connecticut School of Broadcasting from March to June 1987.

In 1985, Lange gained admission to Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey using a connection his uncle had with an employee of the admissions department. In one early assignment, he received an A grade for a presentation he made, telling stories about his friends and family to the class. "It was the first time I got a bunch of laughs in front of a crowd of total strangers and it felt amazing to get that reaction from people."[4] After four weeks, Lange became bored "to death" and began to think of ways to quit.[3] On October 18, in a sudden turn of events, his father fell off a ladder while installing an antenna and broke his back, becoming quadriplegic.[3][12][13] Money soon became an issue in the family; Lange's mother took up a secretarial job and Lange spent a short time installing antennas himself.[4] Lange recalled the situation: "We took out a second mortgage. Medicaid paid for a nurse eight hours a day. When my mother got back from being a secretary all day, she had to take care of him. Every night, she set her alarm clock to turn him so he wouldn't get bedsores."[12] In 1987, the family contacted celebrities asking them to donate items for auction. Howard Stern, the only one to respond, sent them an autographed jacket and said on the air, "Does this guy think that if he puts the jacket on he's going to walk again?", which Lange and his father found funny.[12] Lange's father died from complications of an infection in 1990,[3][10] though he believes one of his father's "crazy friends" may have helped him to commit suicide.[5]

Career 1987–1995: Early career

Lange cites Richard Pryor,[14] Richard Lewis,[14] and George Carlin as early influences.[15] On July 12, 1987, at age nineteen, Lange performed his first stand-up comedy routine at The Improv in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan. He recalled, "I bombed for five minutes. Everyone thinks that they can do better. I was unprepared, I mumbled, and I forgot stuff. But I'm proud that I did it."[2] Lange would not attempt stand-up again for another four years.[4] In 1988, Lange took acting classes for three weeks from Sandy Dennis at HB Studio in New Jersey; he quit after he could no longer afford them.[16] In February 1991, Lange supported his family by taking up work as a longshoreman at Port Newark, loading ships at its orange juice pier. In that year alone, Lange earned around $60,000.[6][17]

In September 1992, Lange quit his longshoreman job to focus on a comedy career,[17] giving himself one year to make it at stand-up.[18] During his search for work, his regular form of employment was driving a taxi in New York City; the flexibility of his taxi job allowed him to perform sets at the clubs and resume work afterwards.[19][20] Lange's first paid gig as a stand-up followed at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York for a payment of $30.[21] He then became a paid regular for the first time in 1992 at Stand Up NY in Manhattan,[22] followed by Comic Strip Live, where he would perform a 20-minute set from Tuesday to Saturday nights.[23][20] Within a year of starting, Lange landed a role in a dinner theater play, touring restaurants and catering halls across New Jersey.[24] He then co-formed an improv troupe called Live on Tape which became a hit, selling out Caroline's on Broadway numerous times.[24] The success of these shows led to a contract with the William Morris Agency where Lange met Peter Principato, his manager for the next ten years. Lange took up extra work with roles in commercials which were a "big step up",[24] including a voiceover for Foot Locker, which entitled him to become a member of AFTRA.[25] During this time, Lange developed an addiction to cocaine and alcohol.[26]

1995–1997: Mad TV

At twenty-seven, Lange was chosen as one of the eight cast members selected to star in the sketch comedy series Mad TV, from the eight thousand that were screened. He flew to Los Angeles in May 1995 to shoot the television pilot which was picked up by the Fox network.[27] Lange moved to Los Angeles two months later to film the first season[28] with a salary of $7,500 per episode plus "a big signing bonus".[27] Lange's cocaine abuse worsened during this time, doing it "like it was going out of style".[27] In November 1995, after nine episodes had been shot,[29] he attempted suicide after he ran out of cocaine, drank whiskey and "a bunch of pills", and wrote a suicide note to his mother and sister. He claimed, "I was 100 percent serious about dying".[6] He was found by his Mad TV co-stars and taken to intensive care.[30][31] Lange returned to New Jersey to complete a rehabilitation and counselling program.[32] At its conclusion, he wrote a new forty-five minute stand up set that he felt "really proud of", and used his Mad TV fame to headline spots in comedy clubs around New York City,[33] supported by further voiceover work for commercials.[34]

In January 1996, Lange returned to Los Angeles to film the remaining episodes of the first season. Quincy Jones, the show's producer, supported Lange during rehab and sent him over on his private jet.[35] Lange returned to form in his work, ranking his performance in these episodes as "the best I've ever done in sketch comedy", including the creation of his hit character, White Mama.[36] In the summer of 1996, Lange secured his first major acting role for an independent film titled Puppet, starring Rebecca Gayheart and Fred Weller. He wrote, "To this day I have never seen it because I don't think it's possible to purchase a copy of it anywhere ... it was screened in a theater at least once, because my manager went to see it".[33]

Filming for the second season of Mad TV began in August 1996.[37] Two months later, Lange ended his sobriety and returned to doing cocaine.[34] His time on the show ended in November 1996 when his agent and the show's cast and crew attempted an intervention. The incident began when Lange lost a $15,000 bet on the Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield boxing match and turned up to rehearsals "coked up".[38] Lange fled the set, running through streets with his co-workers chasing him. It ended in the parking lot of a supermarket where Lange was arrested and served a short time in Los Angeles County Jail.[39] The case was never tried in court.[38] While in jail, Lange received a voice mail from Cameron Crowe who informed him that his scene with Tom Cruise and Kelly Preston for Jerry Maguire had been cut.[40]

After his jail term, Lange returned to New Jersey in January 1997 and spent a short time in a psychiatric hospital. He described this time as the "most depressing period" of his life.[41] He returned home afterwards, and fell into a clinical depression. After the producers at Mad TV convinced Lange to complete formal rehabilitation, he spent two months at Honesty House in Stirling, New Jersey.[42] Lange's contract was not renewed for the show's third season,[43] but made special guest appearances on the fifth, tenth, and fourteenth seasons.[44]

1997–2001: Dirty Work and The Norm Show Lange credits comedian and actor Norm Macdonald with helping continue his career.

In 1997, Lange left rehab and resumed stand up gigs in New York City. His depression improved soon after when he was invited to audition for two network television sitcoms, which boosted his confidence "astronomically".[43] During the negotiations phase, Lange was contacted by comedian and actor Norm Macdonald who asked him to audition for the second lead role in his comedy buddy film Dirty Work (1998), directed by Bob Saget.[45] Macdonald had not found a suitable actor for the part until he happened to tune into an episode of Mad TV for the first time, and saw a sketch that involved Lange delivering an out of character monologue which he found funny, and noted Lange "had a melancholy about him" that reminded Macdonald of comedian John Belushi.[46] Macdonald recalled Lange's first reading of the script was "perfect" and it landed him the role, but in order to shoot the film, MGM studios required Lange to obtain an approval report from his rehab facility in New Jersey. Lange settled the matter by paying the center $1,500 as a private donor.[47] He ended his cocaine use on June 14, 1997, saying he "got tired of it. I got to a point where this is killing me".[5] Filming took place across two months in Toronto; to promote the film, Lange made his debut guest appearance on The Howard Stern Show with Macdonald on January 8, 1998. The pair returned once more that year, and twice more in 1999.[48]

Lange credits Macdonald and Saget with rejuvenating his career when his exposure from Dirty Work led to several film and television offers. When filming wrapped, various heads of networks and production companies expressed an interest in potentially hiring Lange. After meeting with them, including Warren Littlefield of NBC and Peter Roth of Fox, a bidding war occurred with offers from every major network. With help from William Morris Agency, Lange accepted a $750,000 development deal with Fox that originally stood at $250,000 in late 1997,[49] enabling him "to bail my mother out of every single financial debt she had."[50] None of Lange's ideas for a show were picked up, but he supported himself by working at comedy clubs around Los Angeles[51] and landed a role in a pilot television series that he co-wrote with Sam Cass in April 1998 which was re-written by request from the network. Its title was The King of New York which included Luis Guzmán in its cast. Lange felt the idea was ignored and suddenly pushed it through for shooting at the last minute, which affected its quality.[52] Weeks later, Lange accepted a second development deal, this time with NBC worth $350,000.[53] From 1999 to 2000, Lange secured roles in the feature films Mystery Men, The Bachelor, The 4th Floor,[54] and Lost & Found. He also toured as the opening act to Macdonald's stand-up shows.[53]

In 1999, Lange joined the cast of Macdonald's sitcom The Norm Show during its second season as Macdonald's half brother, Artie. Lange stayed with the show until its cancellation in 2001 after three seasons. He enjoyed a period of wealth during this time, being paid $35,000 per episode for a show with "ridiculously lame, easy jokes", liked working with his castmates (particularly MacDonald and Laurie Metcalf, who would later portray his mother in Beer League) and lived in a $4,000-a-month condo in Beverly Hills. "Even with that life", Lange added, "creatively I was empty inside".[10] During a 2014 interview with Marc Maron, Lange said that this creative frustration drove him to perform more stand-up comedy and "came into his own as a comedian" by introducing more "dark," edgy material into his act. [55]

2001–2008: The Howard Stern Show and Artie Lange's Beer League

In March 2001, comedian and writer Jackie Martling left The Howard Stern Show. Stern announced a "Win Jackie's Money" contest and had several comedians audition for the vacant seat by sitting in on some shows. Participants included Lange, Craig Gass, Doug Stanhope, Richard Jeni, Jeff Ross, Jim Florentine, and Ron Zimmerman.[56] Lange was introduced to the show in 1982 by his father, and since became a big fan.[12] He spoke about his invitation to take part in the contest: "There were a lot of great funny guys — guys that were funnier than me ... I remember saying to my manager, 'I am not the most talented guy in this group, but I guarantee that I'm the biggest fan'".[2] After The Norm Show ended in April 2001, Lange returned to New Jersey and sat in on several shows between May and October 2001. Lange thought he blew his chance early on after he learned the jokes he was writing for Stern were not working out. "Instead they said, 'We're just gonna keep your mic on all the time ... if you say something funny, just say it as you."[57] Lange built a rapport with Stern, the show's staff, and the audience; one news reporter credited Lange's "everyman demeanor ... relatable to the average Joe";[58] another wrote: "a kind of comic Everyman, the person who says what the listener at home might be thinking".[18] Lange was prepared to return to Los Angeles if he did not land the job,[59] but he accepted a contract to join the show full-time which began from October 29, 2001,[56] describing the offer as a "blessing".[59]

In the following years after joining The Howard Stern Show, Lange's career reached new heights, playing larger venues and various career film and television opportunities.[58] In June 2002, he signed with the United Talent Agency.[60] Around this time, Lange teamed with producer and writer Sam Simon for a comedy show pilot for DreamWorks to air on NBC but it never materialised. In September 2003, Lange scored a one-year talent holding deal with ABC and Touchstone Television.[61] On December 13, 2004, Lange released his first stand-up DVD titled It's the Whiskey Talkin',[62] formed of 45 minutes of material he performed at the Tempe Improv in Tempe, Arizona a time in his career when he was "playing more clubs".[63][64] Lange later spoke about the release: "I worked really hard on that ... a major distributor put it out, people bought it and seemed to like it".[15] Upon the DVD's general release in February 2005, Lange took on "an insane schedule" for the following six months to promote it, doing The Howard Stern Show each weekday morning, and stand up gigs nationwide on weekends.[65]

In March 2005, Lange secured a deal with Ckrush Entertainment to star in and executive produce his own comedy feature film, Artie Lange's Beer League.[66] Development began in 2001 when Lange started on a script with director and producer Frank Sebastiano, based on a 17-minute film Lange wrote, funded and starred in 2000 titled Game Day. The script was complete by 2002, and Ckrush agreed to fund a $2.5 million budget.[65] The stress of putting the film together, and doing nationwide gigs on weekends, caused Lange to drink heavily and take "twenty painkillers a day".[67] His attempts to cope from withdrawals failed; during one attempt to obtain more at a comedy gig, he instead bought heroin which began an addiction that lasted from March to June 2005, resulting in his absence from cast auditions and pre-production meetings.[68] Lange took four days off work in June 2005 to get through the illness caused by withdrawals at home,[69] which prompted concerns from his family and radio colleagues of a drug relapse.[70] When Sebastiano and production staff threatened to cancel the film if he did not show up, Lange obtained Subutex from a doctor that got him well enough to return to work.[71] On the air, Lange put his absence down to illness from excessive drinking and needed time to recover. Filming was complete in July 2005, on time and within budget.[72] It premiered on September 13, 2006 at the Ziegfeld Theatre,[73] followed by a limited release across North America. To promote the film, Lange completed a stand-up tour which included a show at Carnegie Hall which sold out in under three hours.[58] He revealed the true reason of his absence to Stern on September 21, 2006.[74]

2008–2009: Various projects and Stern Show departure

In June 2008, Lange headlined a comedy tour he formed, named Operation Mirth, with the United Service Organizations to entertain American troops serving in Afghanistan. He was inspired to do so after watching Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie, a documentary about comedian Jeffrey Ross' own USO tour in Iraq. Lange picked comedians Jim Florentine, Nick DiPaolo, and Dave Attell to join him, with The Howard Stern Show's producer Gary Dell'Abate as the tour's master of ceremonies.[2] Later in the year, Lange and Attell recorded dialogue for the video game Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust, released in 2009.

In August 2008, Lange entered rehab after he cancelled his appearance on the Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget.[75] He had relapsed in heroin use in the previous seven weeks after he was offered it while drunk at a pool hall. Comedy Central were willing to cover the $65,000 in costs to send an ambulance for him to the airport and fly him to Los Angeles on a private jet with a doctor, but Lange declined[6] and began treatment with a therapist recommended by comedian Richard Lewis, who contacted Lange to help.[76]

In 2008, Lange signed a deal with Spiegel & Grau to write his first book Too Fat to Fish,[12] a collection of memoirs across his life co-written by Anthony Bozza that "range from funny to dark, to tragic, to sad."[12] Lange dedicated the book to Stern who wrote its foreword. Upon its release on November 11, 2008, Too Fat to Fish entered The New York Times Best Seller list at number one[77] and held the position for one week.[78] The book remained on the list's top ten for eleven weeks.[79] It was referenced twice on the Top Ten List segment on Late Show with David Letterman.[80][81] A paperback edition released in 2009 with an additional chapter, peaked at number six on the Best Seller paperback list.[15]

By 2009, Lange was earning $700,000 a year for working with Stern and roughly $3 million a year from stand up gigs.[6] In January 2009, Lange went to West Palm Beach, Florida to complete a 21-day rehab program after he had relapsed on heroin the month prior. After seven days, he quit treatment and spent almost $4,800 on a hotel room, women, a haircut and two pairs of sunglasses. He returned home and booked three nights at Caroline's comedy club in the same week, earning $35,000 back.[6] Lange relapsed on heroin once more in April 2009. To help him cope with withdrawals, Lange hired two former New York City police officers for support in his recovery and lost 50 lbs in the following six months.[63][64] He later revealed a $200,000 offer to appear on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew that he had declined.[5]

On June 15, 2009, Lange made a controversial appearance on the first episode of Joe Buck Live, exchanging insults with host Joe Buck that HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg said "bordered on bad taste" with a "mean-spirited" tone.[82] The show was cancelled two episodes later. Buck defended Lange's comments and wrote the foreword to his second book.[83][84]

In July 2009, Lange was charged of driving under the influence of an intoxicant and careless driving after he became involved in a minor traffic accident in New Jersey.[85] In October 2009, Lange took one week off from The Howard Stern Show,[86] citing depression and a "mini nervous breakdown".[86][63] His second stand up DVD and CD, Jack and Coke, was released a month later.[87] Lange recorded the set at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City earlier in the year,[88] and is composed of material that Lange had written over the past four years of his career,[64] some of which dated back to 15 years, which Lange developed further and felt it was suitable to put on a recording.[15] Jack and Coke reached number one on the iTunes Comedy Albums chart and entered its Top 20 Albums chart.[63] It was also released as a DVD, which Comedy Central aired as a special in January 2010.[88]

In November 2009, Lange cancelled his stand-up gigs booked for rest of the year and throughout 2010. He felt "really beat" from work and needed time to recover from his heroin relapse that April, write new stand-up material,[63] and work on a second book, which he had begun writing under the working title College Is for Losers.[15][88] In an interview around this time Lange said, "The combination of the road and morning radio hasn't killed me, but it's come close. If I keep doing it, it will".[64] The situation culminated on December 9, 2009, when Lange showed up to The Howard Stern Show having spent the previous seven hours drinking whiskey and taking painkillers which affected his performance on the air. During a commercial break, Sirius management told Lange to go home and was granted some time off from the show. He voluntarily checked in at a rehab facility on Long Island to cope with withdrawals which he "hated everything about it", and left eight days after on December 23. Upon his return home, Lange spent the next several days in his apartment on an alcohol and pill binge.[89]

2010–2014: Suicide attempt, radio show and second book

On January 2, 2010, Lange attempted suicide for the second time at his home by drinking bleach, slitting his wrists, and stabbing himself in the abdomen nine times with a 13-inch kitchen knife.[90][91] He was found on the floor by his mother who, unbeknown to him, was outside planning an intervention for him with his sister, two uncles, and friend and comedian Colin Quinn.[90] Lange was taken to a hospital for surgery,[92] and was transferred to a psychiatric ward a week later. An executive for SiriusXM stated that Lange would be welcomed back onto The Howard Stern Show following his recovery,[93] but Stern later decided against it, thinking it would not aid in his recovery.[94] Lange entered a period of depression, spending most of his time at home. On September 27, 2010, eight months after the incident, Lange performed his first stand up routine as a surprise guest at the Comedy Cellar in New York City to a positive reception.[95] However, the death of comedian Greg Giraldo from a drug overdose two days later sent Lange back into a depression, at a time when he considered a "return to society".[96] In April 2011, after showing no signs of improvement, Lange was forced into a detox facility in New Jersey by Quinn and "two huge Irish guys". Lange wrote, "It was an abduction, which was exactly what I needed ... they dragged me, literally kicking and screaming".[97] After three weeks at the facility, Lange was transferred to Ambrosia Treatment Center in Florida for two-and-a-half months, where he completed the program.[98] Bruce Springsteen, one of Lange's favorite artists, contacted him personally during the process for support.[99] Lange has since had "four or five" relapses between painkillers following an injury, alcohol and gambling, and continues to smoke.[100] Initially, he denied the incident was a suicide attempt as he felt embarrassed to say it was his second, but while writing about the event and subsequent therapy, he realized, "I need to be honest with myself."[101]

In July 2011, Lange had recovered enough to resume his career. His first endeavor took place on July 6 as co-host on a one off radio show on Fox Sports Radio with comedian Nick Di Paolo as a stand in for Tony Bruno.[102] The show turned out to be a test show after Di Paolo accepted a deal to host a late night sports comedy program on DirecTV, and chose Lange as his co-host. On October 3, 2011, The Nick & Artie Show launched on approximately 30 stations nationwide and on SiriusXM.[103] After Di Paolo left the show in January 2013, the show was renamed to The Artie Lange Show and Lange hired retired American football player Jon Ritchie as his co-host. On April 28, 2014, Lange announced the show would no longer air after that day.

In 2013, Lange accepted an $800,000 advance from Touchstone Books to write his second book. Lange agreed to the project primarily for the money, but also wished to put out something that would help others who struggle with drug abuse.[101] He wrote the book, titled Crash and Burn, with Bozza returning as his co-author,[90] which covers his life and career during his final years on The Howard Stern Show, his second suicide attempt and the resulting depression, and his recovery.[104] Lange later declared the book as, "The most honest thing I've ever done in my life".[105] Following its release on October 29, 2013, the book entered The New York Times Best Seller list at number 8 under combined print and e-book sales[106] and number 12 under hardcover sales.[107]

2014–present: Podcast, third book, Crashing, and new show

Following the cancellation of his DirecTV show, Lange focused some time on his comedy career. He recorded a one-hour special for Comedy Central titled The Stench of Failure that aired on October 18, 2014.[108] On November 4, 2014, Lange sent out a series of tweets about a sexual fantasy between him and ESPN sportscaster Cari Champion set during slavery. He was Thomas Jefferson and Champion was a slave, and he attempts to whip her but fails. She beats him up and escapes.[109] As a result, Lange received a lifetime ban from ESPN and Comedy Central cancelled a scheduled appearance.[110]

On January 5, 2015, Lange launched an uncensored subscription-based podcast titled The Artie Quitter Podcast. He records episodes mainly from his home in Hoboken, New Jersey.[111] Lange estimated the podcast gained "about 9,000" subscribers in its first year.[9] In May 2017, Lange stated the podcast would end after 400 episodes in order to tend to his comedy, filming Crashing, and his third book. He aimed to resume the podcast around September 2017, either at a cheaper subscription rate or free with advertisements.[112][113][114]

In 2015, Lange made a return to television after he secured roles on two shows. He made two guest appearances on The Jim Gaffigan Show in 2015 and 2016, respectively,[115] and was chosen to star in a pilot episode for a new HBO comedy series titled Crashing, starring Pete Holmes with producer and editor Judd Apatow.[115] After the series was picked up, filming began in November 2015 with Lange in a recurring role playing a loose version of himself. The remaining episodes were shot through 2016,[116] and the title of the first is "Artie Lange".[115] Lange revealed he was paid $15,000 per episode.[117] During this time, Lange recorded a scene for a special reunion episode of Mad TV.[9] Crashing premiered in February 2017; to help promote it, Lange completed a stand-up and media tour with Holmes and Apatow.[118] He revealed his salary of $17,500 per episode on season two.[117]

In December 2015, Lange started work on a third book with Bozza. Their publisher required the pair to produce a 25-page proposal for it before a contract was offered; they wrote one titled The Gambler: A Degenerate's Guide to Living on the Edge.[119] The piece was well received[116] and a deal with the publisher was made.[120] Wanna Bet?: A Degenerate Gamber's Guide to Living on the Edge is set for release in July 2018.[121]

On March 12, 2017, Lange was arrested on three charges for possession of heroin, cocaine and drug paraphernalia in his car and on himself, in the parking garage of his apartment complex. He was released on a summons with a set court appearance.[122][123] Three days prior to his arrest, Apatow and HBO offered Lange a buddy comedy-type show and a raise in salary,[124] but Lange claimed he was fired from the second season of Crashing in the wake of the incident. However, Apatow maintained this was not the case[125] and Lange revealed he is "still a Crashing employee".[126] On April 5, Lange's original charges were downgraded three "disorderly persons" offences, equivalent to misdemeanours, as he was not in the car where the drugs were found.[127] Lange failed to appear in court due to miscommunication from his lawyer, resulting in a bench warrant issued by the court on June 15.[128] The situation culminated in Lange's arrest on December 12 when he failed to appear in court in response to an additional arrest on May 12 when he was caught at high speed with a bag of heroin on his lap.[129] On December 15, Lange pleaded guilty to possessing 81 bags of heroin in exchange for the earlier charge of possession of cocaine bring dropped. He then checked himself into rehab on a private jet paid for by two fellow comics.[130][131][132] On January 12, 2018, Lange had left rehab and revealed he was 32 days sober,[133][130] and subsequently began an outpatient rehab program for five days a week with regular urine tests. He reasoned his drug relapse down to anger.[130] On June 1, Lange was sentenced to four years of probation with orders to complete 50 hours of community service and complete further outpatient rehabilitation.[134]

On July 7, 2017, Lange was rushed to hospital and had emergency surgery in his chest after he collapsed after performing stand-up in Chicago, and claimed he was hours from death.[135][136][137]

On September 5, 2017, Lange co-hosted his new show, The Artie and Anthony Show, with Anthony Cumia on the latter's online subscription-based network Compound Media. Cumia had hosted The Anthony Cumia Show for three years by himself until he decided to bring in a co-host.[138] Lange was absent from the show for six weeks following his December 2017 arrest and subsequent time in rehab; he returned full-time on January 22, 2018. Cumia announced Lange's departure on May 14, 2018 for the foreseeable future due to his ongoing health and legal issues.[139]

Among Lange's current projects is the development of a film, a sitcom, and an animated series.[121]

Personal life

From 2002 to 2006, Lange was in a relationship with Dana Cironi. He met his future fiancée Adrienne Ockrymiek in 2009 at a tanning salon;[90] they broke up in 2014.[140]

Since 2001, Lange has lived in a penthouse in Hoboken, New Jersey which he bought for $620,000. In 2008, he bought a 7,000 square-foot summer home in Toms River, New Jersey for $2.5 million with one of the rooms renovated by the Man Caves television crew.[99] He put the home on the market in 2010; it was sold in 2016.[141]

Lange does not consider himself a liberal, though he is pro-choice, a supporter of gay rights, and a supporter of unions owing to his former career as a longshoreman.[142] He has stated that as a convicted felon, he cannot vote,[100] but has expressed an admiration for former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama while dismissing George W. Bush as a "dolt."

Crumbs Bakery offered an "Artie Lange" vanilla and chocolate cupcake with proceeds going toward the Lifebeat HIV/AIDS charity.[143] In March 2008, Lifebeat refused to accept further donations from the cupcake, after Lange used a variety of anti-gay epithets towards a co-worker with whom he was arguing on-air, although they later reached an amicable truce.[144] In 2013, he said he felt "ashamed and embarrassed" by his previous use of anti-gay slurs in his comedy career and, while maintaining that he was never motivated by hatred and that he "still makes jokes about every group of people that there is", he is now more responsible when joking about such sensitive subjects and avoids slurs, saying "if someone came to me and told me that something I said caused some kid to commit suicide, I'd be in a nuthouse for the rest of my life, I really would."[145]

In the early 2010s, Lange was diagnosed with diabetes and requires daily insulin injections.[130]

Filmography Stand up comedy Year Title Distributor 2004 It's the Whiskey Talkin' Image Entertainment 2009 Artie Lange: Jack and Coke 2014 The Stench of Failure Comedy Central Books Year Title Publisher 2009 Too Fat to Fish Spiegel & Grau 2014 Crash and Burn Touchstone Books 2018 Wanna Bet?: A Degenerate Gambler's Guide to Living on the Edge Macmillan USA Television Year Title Role Notes 1995–1997 Mad TV Various characters 1999–2001 The Norm Show Artie Henderson 2004 Game Over Turbo Voice only 2006 Fox Sports' 2006 World Series coverage Himself Series of promos alongside Jerry Stiller Rescue Me Mike Shea, Lou's cousin Various episodes 2007 Entourage Scott Segil Season 3, Episode 16 2012 Louie Truck driver Season 3, Episode 6 2014 Inside Amy Schumer Client Season 2, Episode 7 Californication Himself Season 6, Episode 3 2015–2016 The Jim Gaffigan Show Himself Season 1, Episode 6
Season 2, Episode 2 2017–present Crashing Himself Feature films Year Title Role Other notes 1996 Puppet Alexie This film was never released.[33] Jerry Maguire Sports radio host Deleted scene; Tom Cruise yelled at him[146] 1998 Dirty Work Sam McKenna 1999 The 4th Floor Jerry Lost & Found Wally Mystery Men Big Red The Bachelor Marco 2000 Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth Swim Coach Hasselhoff 2001 Gameday Artie Short, featured as extra on It's the Whiskey Talkin' 2002 Boat Trip Brian Refused to kiss co-star Will Ferrell 2003 Old School Booker Mail Order Bride Tommy Jackie Martling also stars but they do not appear together Elf Fake Santa 2004 Perfect Opposites Lenny Steinberg Also known as A Piece of My Heart 2005 Waltzing Anna Jacob Kline 2006 Supertwink The Plumber A Howard Stern on Demand film Artie Lange's Beer League Artie DeVanzo 2011 Adventures of Serial Buddies Golden Graham References
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  137. ^ Artie Lange (July 8, 2017). "Stay strong. need cash.So be out next week working again. Next chapter. If I'm not clean I'm gone. I love u. As for u death pool fucks-" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
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  • Lange, Artie; Bozza, Anthony (2008). Too Fat to Fish (1st ed.). Spiegel & Grau. ISBN 978-0-385-52656-2. 
  • Lange, Artie; Bozza, Anthony (2013). Crash and Burn (1st ed.). Touchstone. ISBN 978-1-4767-6511-2. 
  • Macdonald, Norm (2016). Based on a True Story: A Memoir. Spiegel & Grau. ISBN 978-0-812-99362-2. 
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Wanna Bet?: A Degenerate Gambler's Guide to Living on the Edge
Wanna Bet?: A Degenerate Gambler's Guide to Living on the Edge
"Lange’s entertaining book makes it clear that, no matter how wild and risky his lifestyle may be, he takes comedy more seriously than anything else." ―Publishers WeeklyWhen Artie Lange's first book, the #1 New York Times bestseller, Too Fat To Fish, hit the top of the charts, audiences learned what Howard Stern listeners already knew: that Artie is one of the funniest people alive. He is also an artist haunted by his fair share of demons, which overtook him in the years that followed. After a suicide attempt, a two-year struggle with depression, and years of chronic opiate addiction, Artie entered recovery and built himself back up, chronicling his struggle in brave detail in his next book and second New York Times bestseller, Crash and Burn.In his hilarious third book, the two-time bestselling author, comedian, actor, and radio icon explains the philosophy that has kept his existence boredom-free since the age of 13―the love of risk. An avid sports better and frequent card player, Lange believes that the true gambler gets high not from winning, but from the chaotic unknown of betting itself. He recounts some of his favorite moments, many of which haven't involved money at all. In this candid and entertaining memoir, he looks back at the times he's wagered the intangible and priceless things in life: his health, his career, and his relationships. The stories found in Wanna Bet? paint a portrait of a man who would just as quickly bet tens of thousands of dollars on a coin toss as he would a well thought out NBA or NFL wager. Along for the ride are colorful characters from Artie's life who live by the same creed, from a cast of childhood friends to peers like comedian and known gambler Norm McDonald. The book is a tour of a subculture where bookies and mobsters, athletes and celebrities ride the gambling roller coaster for the love of the rush. Through it all, somehow Artie has come out ahead, though he does take a few moments to imagine his life if things hadn't quite gone his way. Unrepentant and unrestrained, the book is Lange at his finest.

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Crash and Burn
Crash and Burn
Veteran comedian Artie Lange turns an unflinching eye and his signature wit on his perilous descent into drug addiction, life-threatening depression, and ultimately, his recovery, in the follow-up to his hilariously raw debut, the #1 New York Times bestseller Too Fat to Fish.At a high point in his career, Artie Lange played a sold-out show in Carnegie Hall and totally killed—yet during his standing ovation, all he could think of were the two bags of heroin in his pocket. In the midst of a deep, self-destructive depression, addicted to heroin and prescription drugs, he lashed out at everyone around him—from his fellow cast members on The Howard Stern Show, to celebrity guests, to his longtime friends, and even his own family. By turns dark and disturbing, hilarious and heartbreaking, and always drop-dead honest, the New York Times bestseller Crash and Burn lifts the curtain on Lange’s dangerous slide. For the first time, Artie reveals all: the full truth behind his now legendary Stern Show meltdown, his suicide attempt (which he relates in terrifying detail), surprising stints in rehab, and painful relapses. With the help and support of friends and family, Artie claws his way back, turning his life and career around. And despite his slip-ups, backslides, and permanent losses, Artie forges on.

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Too Fat to Fish
Too Fat to Fish
Outrageous, raw, and painfully funny true stories straight from the life of the actor, comedian, and much-loved cast member of The Howard Stern Show—with a foreword by Howard Stern.When Artie Lange joined the permanent cast of The Howard Stern Show in 2001, it was possibly the greatest thing ever to happen in the Stern universe, second only to the show’s move to the wild, uncensored frontier of satellite radio. Lange provided what Stern had yet to find all in the same place: a wit quick enough to keep pace with his own, a pathetic self-image to dwarf his own, a personal history both heartbreaking and hilarious, and an ingrained sense of self-sabotage that continually keeps things interesting. A natural storyteller with a bottomless pit of material, Lange grew up in a close-knit, working-class Italian family in Union, New Jersey, a maniacal Yankees fan who pursued the two things his father said he was cut out for—sports and comedy. Tragically, Artie Lange Sr. never saw the truth in that prediction: He became a quadriplegic in an accident when Artie was eighteen and died soon after. But as with every trial in his life, from his drug addiction to his obesity to his fights with his mother, Artie mines the humor, pathos, and humanity in these events and turns them into comedy classics. True fans of the Stern Show will find Artie gold in these pages: hilarious tales that couldn’t have happened to anyone else. There are stories from his days driving a Jersey cab, working as a longshoreman in Port Newark, and navigating the dark circuit of stand-up comedy. There are outrageous episodes from the frenzied heights of his coked-up days at MADtv, surprisingly moving stories from his childhood, and an account of his recent U.S.O. tour that is equally stirring and irreverent. But also in this volume are stories Artie’s never told before, including some that he deemed too revealing for radio. Wild, shocking, and drop-dead hilarious, Too Fat to Fish is Artie Lange giving everything he’s got to give. And like a true pro, the man never disappoints.

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The Joke Man: Bow to Stern
The Joke Man: Bow to Stern
For the first time, Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling opens up about his life as a cast member and head writer for the comedy powerhouse The Howard Stern Show. In The Joke Man: Bow to Stern, Jackie tells of his beginnings as a working comedian and writer and his climb to the top on The Howard Stern Show. Jackie saw it all, and in The Joke Man: Bow to Stern he shares personal stories as well a look from behind the scenes at one of the highest-rated radio shows of all time. You’ll also get his take on his falling out with Howard and the show, and plenty of the raunchy, laugh-out–loud humor that Jackie “The Joke Man” is famous for. So sit back, relax, and enjoy as “The Joke Man” riffs on his one-of-a-kind career in show business, Howard Stern and the gang, and his very unique life—an American success story like no other.

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