Featuring Stand-up comedian, actor and MADtv alumni, Artie Lange. They discuss their time at MADtv and Artie opens up about his time in rehab. Funny stories about playing Scrabble in a psych ward and keeping score. Differences between the psych ward and county jail.
Arthur Steven “Artie” Lange, Jr. (born October 11, 1967) is an American actor, comedian and radio personality best known for his tenures with the The Howard Stern Show and the comedy sketch series MADtv.
Lange performed his first stand-up comedy routine at 19 years of age. He took up work as a longshoreman to help support his family, following the death of his quadriplegic father. In 1995, Lange starred in the first season of MADtv before leaving halfway through the second due to cocaine abuse and his subsequent arrest. After a period of rehabilitation, Lange featured in Dirty Work with Norm Macdonald, who brought Lange into the second season of his sitcom, The Norm Show. In 2001, Lange replaced Jackie Martling on The Howard Stern Show and stayed until late 2009, before a suicide attempt in early 2010 led to an eight-month stay in a psychiatric ward.
Lange has released recordings of comedy performances – It’s the Whiskey Talkin’ (2004) and Jack and Coke (2009). He co-wrote, produced and starred in his film Artie Lange’s Beer League in 2006, and co-wrote, with Anthony Bozza, the book Too Fat to Fish in 2008, which entered The New York Times Best Seller list at number one. In 2011, Lange returned to radio with Nick DiPaolo to co-host The Nick and Artie show.