Artie Lange “trying to better himself” and working on new book

By | June 20, 2011 at 10:46 am | 15 comments | News | Tags: , , ,

Artie LangeThe last time we heard about stand-up comedian and Howard Stern Show castmember Artie Lange, it was April of 2010; it seemed like he was doing better after his suicide attempt in January of last year. He popped up at New York City’s Comedy Cellar to do a short set and even attended a family dinner, accompanied by a sober coach, according a Punchline Magazine source.

Today we hear he’s continuing in the right direction. On Saturday, Howard Stern Show writers Sal Governale and Richard Christy held a Q&A at the Avalon in Hollwood. And when an audience member asked about Lange’s status, Governale said he was doing well and working on his second book, reports Liz Brown of the Examiner. According to the report and accompanying video, Sal said the following:

All right, I’m going to tell you about Artie Lange…A lot of people ask us this and I’ll tell you personally…after Artie went through his unfortunate bout of personal demons, I had the opportunity to speak to him and Artie is really working on making himself better. He suffers from clinical depression…(interruptions from the audience). Artie is just trying to better himself. And he really is working hard at it. He’s working on his second book.

Lange’s first book Too Fat to Fish covered the comedian’s life through the summer of 2008. It quickly became a New York Times bestseller.

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  • Hanktadd

    When was Artie ever funny? He is a drugged out loser who got fired from Mad tv. His whole act on the stern show was what a fuck up he is. He made me miss Jackie. Remember the time Howard said they were friends and Artie said they weren’t and Howard got upset? He has no respect for his friend or himself and yet people bitch how Howard does not mention him on the show. Why should he? Why should he be allowed back on the show? If the show sucks don’t listen to it.

  • Blue-in-green

    James d & nick…why do you listen to you show? You seem to have nothing good to say so why not go listen to something else…if it that bad!!
    Great to hear Artie’s doing better!!

    • HankTadd

      When was Artie ever funny? He is a drugged out loser who got fired from Mad tv. His whole act on the stern show was what a fuck up he is. He made me miss Jackie. Remember the time Howard said they were friends and Artie said they weren’t and Howard got upset? He has no respect for his friend or himself and yet people bitch how Howard does not mention him on the show. Why should he? Why should he be allowed back on the show? If the show sucks don’t listen to it.

  • MJ

    I love my Artie….my Howard…my Robin and of course…my Fred!

  • tom liston

    every since artie left, the show has been devoid of any fun. it’s progressively gotten worse and now that sirius is screwing stern out of his money, howards just punching the clock and getting the fuck out of there as soon as he can. the show is the worst its ever been and was its best from day 1 at sirus to the day artie left.

    ive actually gone back to listening to the shows daily from 2006 when it was its best,then i listen to the present show and the difference is enough to make me want to cancel my sirius subscription.

    THE SHOW SUCKS NOW…it badly need artie back.

  • Tom

    Without Artie on the Stern Show, it’s been soooooo much better.

  • Nick

    Sorry I forgot to say that I love Artie Lange and he was the best thing that ever happened to the Howard stern show.

    The show lost its zip without Artie and his quick one lines and great stories.

  • Nick

    Sir you are correct!!! Howard has most certainly jumped the shark!!! The show has never been worse and it has really taken a turn since he files a suit against Sirius. I am sorry I have to write this but it is very true.

  • James d

    Howard has jumped the shark. Artie should dissociate himself from that old Jew scarecrow

  • Josh

    Robert, you must NEVER listen to the Stern Show and get all of your info second hand. You have no clue what that show or the people on it are like. DOUCHE!

  • Robert

    That whole crowd sounds like a bunch of drunken ignorant jerks. If Artie has any desire to live he should stay away from people like that as well as the stern show.

  • Shrewd observation, Jason Randall

    If Stern was self involved in the way you describe, he’d turn Artie Lange’s situation into fodder for his show. The fact that he’s atypically closed-mouthed about it in both a comedy sense and a “truth-telling” sense invalidates your premise, you dunce.

  • Jim

    After reading his first book, I can’t imagine there is a second book. I just hope Artie realizes that drugs are not an answer and cannot bring his father back, and it was not his fault.

    Artie also needs to realize his father made a mistake, and that was his mistake to make. Artie has effectively followed in his father’s footsteps by living footloose and fancy free.

    Artie could have the world by the tail, yet he chooses to fuck it up, because he has a complex about his father’s fate. Artie can choose a different life. It was clear in his book that he feels guilty about his father.

    Also, Howard is doing the right thing by turning his back on Artie for the show’s sake, because Artie was clear in his book that it is too much pressure for him to be successful. Until he can forgive himself, and stop trying to kill the pain, and live HIS life, he will never be able to fully function as a star.

  • Jason Randall

    That’s because Stern could watch his entire staff get executed, and he wouldn’t flinch.

    That’s how self involved he is.

  • Tom

    Sal & Richard said more about Artie in that video then Howard Stern has said in 1.5 years.

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