You’ve heard the gravelly voice of Artie Lange for two decades now, as he’s climbed the comedy ranks from MADtv to Dirty Work, The Norm Show and The Howard Stern Show. Over the past five years, his amazing comeback has seen him write a second best-selling memoir, and launch radio talk shows for DirecTV and SiriusXM — now he’s hosting an uncensored podcast with a unique paid subscription model out of his home in Hoboken. His 2016 will kick off in grand style, not only by telling jokes onstage at midnight at The Comedy Cellar in NYC, but also making featured appearances on both cable and broadcast TV; for the former, Lange will host The Nasty Show premiering Jan. 8 on Showtime; for the latter, Lange will participate in the 20th anniversary tribute to MADtv on Jan. 12 on The CW. And he stars in a new HBO pilot for Pete Holmes with Judd Apatow! But first, Artie Lange sat down to talk to me about how far he has come, and how he has finally found and maintained some serenity, as he’s the most content he has been in a long time.
So let’s get to it!