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Outrageous, raw, and painfully funny true stories straight from the life of the actor, comedian, and much-loved cast member of "The""Howard Stern Show"--with a foreword by Howard Stern.
When Artie Lange joined the permanent cast of "The""Howard Stern Show" in 2001, it was possibly the greatest thing ever to happen in the Stern universe, second only to the show's move to the wild, uncensored frontier of satellite radio. Lange provided what Stern had yet to find all in the same place: a wit quick enough to keep pace with his own, a pathetic self-image to dwarf his own, a personal history both heartbreaking and hilarious, and an ingrained sense of self-sabotage that continually keeps things interesting.
A natural storyteller with a bottomless pit of material, Lange grew up in a close-knit, working-class Italian family in Union, New Jersey, a maniacal Yankees fan who pursued the two things his father said he was cut out for--sports and comedy. Tragically, Artie Lange Sr. never saw the truth in that prediction: He became a quadriplegic in an accident when Artie was eighteen and died soon after. But as with every trial in his life, from his drug addiction to his obesity to his fights with his mother, Artie mines the humor, pathos, and humanity in these events and turns them into comedy classics.
True fans of the "Stern Show" will find Artie gold in these pages: hilarious tales that couldn't have happened to anyone else. There are stories from his days driving a Jersey cab, working as a longshoreman in Port Newark, and navigating the dark circuit of stand-up comedy. There are outrageous episodes from the frenzied heights of his coked-up days at "MADtv," surprisingly moving stories from his childhood, and an account of his recent U.S.O. tour that is equally stirring and irreverent. But also in this volume are stories Artie's never told before, including some that he deemed too revealing for radio.
Wild, shocking, and drop-dead hilarious, TOO FAT TO FISH is Artie Lange giving everything he's got to give. And like a true pro, the man never disappoints.
Comedian and Howard Stern Show regular Lange sheds light on his troubled and heartbreaking past in this hilarious and brutally honest memoir. Even though much of his memoir addresses serious topics--such as his father's slow death after becoming a quadriplegic in a horrific accident; his own issues with weight and drug addiction; his troubled relationships with family and friends--Lange never fails to poke fun at himself and, most important, at the randomness of life itself. Read by a small cast of exuberant personalities including the Rev. Bob Levy, Gary Dell'abate, Jim Florentine and, of course, Lange himself, the recording is one of the funniest and most touching readings audio fans are likely to hear all year. While there is plenty of crude humor, there is a bright upside to the tales presented and a terrific message for those facing adversity in their own life. A Spiegel & Grau hardcover. (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"A very funny man."-David Letterman"A comedy treasure...One of the funniest guys there is...The pride of New Jersey." -Jimmy Kimmel