Artie Lange: I Was In A Dark Room All The Time - FOX 35 News Orlando

Artie Lange: I Was In A Dark Room All The Time

Posted: Updated:

"I reached a level a lot of comics don't reach..but you see with me, I was always like, with booze and drugs...whatever mood I was in was amplified..."

Artie Lange has battled demons throughout his life and in his new book "Crash and Burn" he opens up about them...but does it with humor. Drugs, drinking, his suicide attempt, nothing is off limits. Steve and Maria asked Artie about one of his low points: getting a hefty payday in Vegas during Super Bowl weekend and leaving with virtually none of it.

"One night I got paid 140 thousand dollars to do standup...I about broke even. I lost 80 grand at the tables and spent another 10 thousand on some ladies...and I had to pay commission to my agents and stuff...I think I probably broke even for the weekend. That's depressing!"

Artie also talked about how he got help from someone he never expected to: Dr. Drew Pinsky.

"He would call me like once a month just to see if I was alright and talk to me for like ten minutes knowing I would never do any show or anything and those talks helped me a lot, they did. He's a pretty brilliant guy and I respect that."

Another person who surprised Artie with a phone call? The Boss himself. Springsteen called him while he was staying with his mother and she gave Artie the message.

"Again, a benefit of being on a big show like Howard, I always said how much I love Bruce...and one night she (mom) comes into the room real casual and says "Artie, a Bruce Springsteen's on the phone." I pick up the phone and go Bruce? He's like yeah, how you doin' man?...and he talked to me for about an hour...he said call me anytime if you need me. I always thought it'd be funny if every day I called him up and said hey you wanna play volleyball? Let's go bowling!"

Fun Facts About Artie Lange (Source: Wikipedia)

1) He is an American actor, comedian, radio personality, and author best known for his tenures with the The Howard Stern Show and the comedy sketch series MADtv. He is the host of a sports and entertainment radio show named The Artie Lange Show.

2) 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.

3) 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 (1998) with Norm Macdonald, who brought Lange into the second season of his sitcom, The Norm Show. In 2001, Lange joined The Howard Stern Show until December 2009 when a suicide attempt in January 2010 led to an eight-month stay in a psychiatric ward. In 2011, Lange returned to radio with Nick DiPaolo to co-host The Nick & Artie Show. In January 2013, it was renamed The Artie Lange Show after DiPaolo's departure.

4) Lange has released two recordings of comedy performances–It's the Whiskey Talkin' (2004) and Jack and Coke (2009). He co-wrote, produced, and starred in the feature film Artie Lange's Beer League (2006), and co-wrote a collection of memoirs Too Fat to Fish in 2008 that entered The New York Times Best Seller list at number one.

Twitter: @ArtieQuitter

Facebook: artie quitter

  • The Latest From Good Day LAMore>>

  • Rocco DiSpirito: Back To School Healthy Snacks

    Rocco DiSpirito: Back To School Healthy Snacks

    Friday, August 22 2014 2:39 PM EDT2014-08-22 18:39:23 GMT

    [VIEW PHOTO GALLERY] He's a chef and a #1 New York Times bestselling author, Rocco DiSpirito was here. Just in time for back to school, he's showing us healthy snacks for your kid's lunch box.

    [VIEW PHOTO GALLERY] He's a chef and a #1 New York Times bestselling author, Rocco DiSpirito was here. Just in time for back to school, he's showing us healthy snacks for your kid's lunch box.

  • Denny Laine: 'The British Invasion 50th Anniversary Tour'

    Denny Laine: 'The British Invasion 50th Anniversary Tour'

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:41 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:41:37 GMT

    It was 50 years ago that the British invasion changed the music world forever…and one of the guys right in the middle of all of it was Denny Laine.

    It was 50 years ago that the British invasion changed the music world forever…and one of the guys right in the middle of all of it was Denny Laine.


  • Movie Critic Matt Atchity: We Are Not Stuck With The Wide Releases

    Movie Critic Matt Atchity: We Are Not Stuck With The Wide Releases

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:57:16 GMT
    Matt Atchity is the editor in chief for the pop-culture website "Rotten Tomatoes." He also hosts a new show on Sirius XM called "Rotten Tomatoes Radio." The weekly one hour call in show airs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
    Matt Atchity is the editor in chief for the pop-culture website "Rotten Tomatoes." He also hosts a new show on Sirius XM called "Rotten Tomatoes Radio." The weekly one hour call in show airs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
  • Celebrity InterviewsCelebrity InterviewsMore>>

  • Denny Laine: 'The British Invasion 50th Anniversary Tour'

    Denny Laine: 'The British Invasion 50th Anniversary Tour'

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:41 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:41:37 GMT

    It was 50 years ago that the British invasion changed the music world forever…and one of the guys right in the middle of all of it was Denny Laine.

    It was 50 years ago that the British invasion changed the music world forever…and one of the guys right in the middle of all of it was Denny Laine.


  • Bob Eubanks & Dave Hull: 50th Anniversary of The Beatles at The Hollywood Bowl

    Bob Eubanks & Dave Hull: 50th Anniversary of The Beatles at The Hollywood Bowl

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:48:32 GMT
    This is the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles touring North America. Bob Eubanks was the promoter of their shows in LA, including the one at the Hollywood Bowl. He, along with former radio personality Dave Hull, are here to talk about that, this weekend's 50th Beatles Celebration at the Bowl, and share some never before seen pictures from the Bob Bonis archive.
    This is the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles touring North America. Bob Eubanks was the promoter of their shows in LA, including the one at the Hollywood Bowl. He, along with former radio personality Dave Hull, are here to talk about that, this weekend's 50th Beatles Celebration at the Bowl, and share some never before seen pictures from the Bob Bonis archive.
  • David Mazouz: Darkness Is The Approach For 'Gotham'

    David Mazouz: Darkness Is The Approach For 'Gotham'

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:29:20 GMT

    David Mazouz plays the boy who will become the dark knight in the new FOX series ‘Gotham'. It tells the back stories of many characters in the "Batman" universe, all of the Gotham's characters, including Bruce Wayne.

    David Mazouz plays the boy who will become the dark knight in the new FOX series ‘Gotham'. It tells the back stories of many characters in the "Batman" universe, all of the Gotham's characters, including Bruce Wayne.


Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices