Three days after The Nick and Artie Show premiered, the radio program’s producer, DirectTV has issued a press release announcing the show’s existence. In the world of entertainment and marketing, the chronology seems a little off. But, I guess it’s good to know the show I’ve been listening to since Monday was not just a figment of my imagination.
If you don’t know already, Nick DiPaolo and Artie Lange have teamed up to create a talk radio show, wherein the two veteran comedians dish on sports, but more importantly — in my opinion — make sports-talk palatable by just hanging out and being funny.
The show airs Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m and is syndicated nationally. The best way to listen is through the iHeartRadio website where it streams live during airtime. The next morning you can listen to the entire show at nickandartie.com, where each hour is archived, all podcast-like.
“I’m excited to be doing a show with Nick DiPaolo, who is one of my favorite comedians of all time,” Lange says in the aforementioned press release. “The Nick and Artie Show will bring a fan’s perspective to the world of sports, which isn’t often represented on the radio or TV sports shows. Add in a little entertainment and basically you have the perfect example of what happens when two comedians can’t get a sitcom!”
“I’m looking forward to doing this show with my pal Artie and I’m confident we’re going to do for sports talk radio what hydrogen did for the Hindenburg,” DiPaolo adds. “I just hope we’re not mathematically eliminated by Halloween.”
If all goes according to plan, DirectTV will roll out a simulcast of the Nick and Artie Show for television this coming spring, “assuming they don’t get arrested,” comments Chris Long, senior vice president, DirectTV Entertainment and Production.
The start of the sports show comes during one of DiPaolo’s strongest career years. In May, he released a new, well-received album and DVD Raw Nerve, which also aired on Showtime.
For Lange, this new project means even more. The long-embattled comic has been off the radio airwaves since he attempted suicide in January of 2010; he never returned to his post on the hugely popular Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM. In September of that year, however, Lange emerged in public for the first time since the incident, showing up to New York City’s Comedy Cellar to perform a short set and to join some family for dinner. Lange, who has publicly battled drug and alcohol addiction, was accompanied by a sober coach. Since that time, Lange has been popping into club’s to do guest sets; he did a set Sept. 9 at Gotham Comedy Club where Di Paolo was performing that night. He also showed up as a guest on a recent live taping of WTF with Marc Maron in Brooklyn.
In addition to the new radio show, Lange is actively writing his second book– a follow up to his first best-selling tome, Too Fat To Fish, which was released in 2008.
During his appearance on Matarese’s podcast Lange explained that in the last year and a half he’s been in three psychiatric wards and two rehab centers where he participated in, among other things, group therapy and art therapy. There was also some old-school gaming: “You haven’t lived until you’ve played Scrabble in a psych ward,” he said. Lange said he’s currently attending AA meetings to help stay sober. He also explained that his family and comedian friends — especially Colin Quinn — were a big part of helping him get better. Lange even said late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel would text him at least once a week to check in.