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Artie Lange

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Arthur Steven Lange grew up a child of a middle class family in Union, New Jersey. At Union High School, Lange excelled in baseball, becoming an All County third baseman. Working long afternoons with his loving contractor father, Artie developed a comical view of social classes, and his place in life as a barrel-chested Italian boy. After Artie completed high school, his father, who was a cable installer, fell off a roof and became a quadriplegic. Artie changed his college plans to be near his family, taking up odd jobs as a clerk, laborer and cab driver. After his fathers' death four years later, Artie quit his Port of Newark longshoreman's' job to play his first gig at New York's Improv in Hell's Kitchen. Gaining steadying success Artie pursued sketch comedy, helping to create the popular improvisation group, "Live On Tape". Doing improvisation landed Artie his major break. He was cast as an original member of Fox's MADtv in 1995. Hollywood success would bring down the comic with substance abuse and a possession for cocaine arrest. Mad TV fired him in 1997. After rehab, depression and a 40-pound weight gain, Lange found himself out of work until Saturday Night Livecomedian Norm MacDonald remembered him. Lange played MacDonald's sidekick in both Dirty Work and ABC's Norm. As a guest during a promotional tour with MacDonald,Howard Stern first heard and liked Lange. Years before, Artie and his father listened daily to the Howard Stern Show. Artie joined the nationally syndicated The Howard Stern Radio Showin 2001, bringing impressions and an average guy prospective to the radio and E network shows. However, his troubled past re-emerged through his years on the Stern show and Artie had fights with various staff members and splits with the show on several occasions up until his suicide attempt in 2010 when he left the show for good. Artie spent 7 months in a rehab center in Florida and emerged stating that he was finally clean and sober. Artie returned to radio in 2011 when, along with his friend Nick DiPaolo, they inked 3-year deals for a nationally syndicated radio show on Fox Sports. The show is called "The Nick and Artie Show".  See full bio on IMDb »

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Artie Lange -- The THREE MILLION Dollar Comeback

Artie Lange & Nick DiPaolo
BALLIN' with $3 MILLION Deal!!

Artie Lange's return to radio is paying off for him and partner Nick DiPaolo ... BIG time -- because TMZ has learned the comedy duo will rake in a total of about 3 MILLION bucks!We're told Artie… READ MORE >

Howard: Artie Hasn't Asked Me For His Job Back

Howard:
Artie Hasn't Asked Me For His Job Back

Artie Lange said he'd do ANYTHING to get his job back on the Howard Stern Show -- but according to Howard, his former radio pal still hasn't taken one very important step ... actually ASK for… READ MORE >

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Artie Lange: Howard Called Me at the Psych Ward

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Howard Called Me at the Psych Ward

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- 1839 days ago
Artie Lange -- I'm Hoping for Howard Stern's Support

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I'm Hoping for Howard Stern's Support

Artie Lange is FIRED UP about the possibility of returning to a full-time radio gig -- and tells TMZ he's very confident his old boss Howard Stern will have his back. Lange was outside Dan Tana's… READ MORE >

- 1840 days ago
Artie Lange Plotting HUGE Radio/TV Comeback

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Plotting HUGE Radio/TV Comeback

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- 1840 days ago
Artie Lange: I Would LOVE to Return to Howard Stern

Artie Lange:
I Would LOVE to Return to Howard Stern

Former "Howard Stern" radio star Artie Lange returned to the airwaves last night -- on a sports talk show -- telling fans that returning to his old job on Stern would be "the greatest thing… READ MORE >

- 1847 days ago
Artie Lange Pleads Guilty to DUI

Artie Lange
Pleads Guilty to DUI

We've learned comedian Artie Lange just pled guilty to one count driving under the influence of a habit-producing drug. Cops say Artie -- who was pulled over in Tom's River, NJ on July 10 -- had a… READ MORE >

- 2492 days ago
Artie Lange Pleads Not Guilty

Artie Lange
Pleads Not Guilty

Artie Lange just pled not guilty to driving under the influence.As we first reported, Lange was arrested on Friday after rear-ending another car in Toms River, NJ. Lange's lawyer says he passed an… READ MORE >

- 2570 days ago
Artie Lange Proclaims DUI Innocence

Artie Lange
Proclaims DUI Innocence

"Howard Stern Show" funnyman Artie Lange has been open about his battles with drugs and alcohol -- so when he says he wasn't drunk the day he was busted for DUI, we tend to believe him. Artie… READ MORE >

- 2571 days ago
Artie Lange Arrested for Suspicion of DUI

Artie Lange
Arrested for Suspicion of DUI

We've just learned Artie Lange was busted for suspicion of DUI moments ago in New Jersey.Law enforcement sources tell us the "Howard Stern Show" veteran was arrested about a half hour ago in Toms… READ MORE >

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