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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; F First Edition edition (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476765111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476765112
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This debut memoir . . . is scrappy, funny, tumultuous, and profane, just like its author. Lange, a self-proclaimed fat guy with a heroin problem is difficult to love, but easy to like, and his shaggy-dog life story [is] full of derogatory self-awareness and cheerful vulgarity. . . . Those with a taste for his aggressive, self-loathing brand of humor will find this volume full of compulsively readable stories." (Publishers Weekly)

"A very funny man." (David Letterman)

“A comedy treasure . . . One of the funniest guys there is. The pride of New Jersey.” (Jimmy Kimmel)

About the Author

Artie Lange is a comedian and actor who has performed in sketch comedies, movies, TV, and radio. In 2001, Lange joined the cast of The Howard Stern Show, where he quickly became one of the most popular characters on the show. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Too Fat to Fish, a collection of narrative episodes from his life. Currently, Artie is very happy hosting The Artie Lange Show on the Audience Network for DIRECTV. Visit ArtieQuitter.com

Anthony Bozza is a former Rolling Stone staff writer and author of the New York Times bestsellers Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and Times of Eminem, Tommyland with Tommy Lee, Slash with Slash, and of course, Too Fat to Fish with Artie Lange. He lives in New York City. Visit AnthonyBozza.net

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One of the most sought after live comedians and talk show guests, Artie Lange was a member of The Howard Stern Show for almost a decade and has followed this with his current gig on The Artie Lange Show.
A native of New Jersey, Lange began his career in the comedy clubs of New York City. Lange's breakout work with the popular sketch comedy group Live On Tape led to his being cast as one of the original series regulars on Fox's MADtv, on which he made his television debut.
The success of Lange on MADtv led to him being cast opposite Norm MacDonald in Lange's first starring role in the MGM feature film Dirty Work. This led to a string of feature films, including supporting roles in the Dreamworks feature film Old School, starring Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Will Ferrell, as well as New Line Cinema's Elf, also starring Ferrell. He also reunited with MacDonald as a series regular on Norm (ABC).
When Norm finished its run, Lange came back to New York City and began sitting in regularly as a guest comedian on the nationally syndicated program, The Howard Stern Show. In October of 2001 he became a regular member of the show.
Lange starred in, co-wrote, and produced his own feature film, Beer League, to rave reviews. Lange is also a regular guest on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Best Damn Sports Show, Period. He was also a guest roaster on Comedy Central's roasts of Hugh Hefner and William Shatner. Elsewhere on television, Lange appeared in episodes of Entourage, Rescue Me, Louie, and Californication.
In 2008, Artie's first book, Too Fat to Fish, debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. The book is a collection of narrative episodes from throughout Lange's life, from his childhood to his USO trip to Afghanistan in July 2008, with a foreword written by Howard Stern. In 2009, Artie starred in his own special, Jack and Coke, with Joe Matarese.
Lange continues to sell out venues across the United States performing his stand-up comedy. His second book, Crash and Burn, written with Too Fat to Fish co-author Anthony Bozza, will be published by Touchstone in October 2013.

Customer Reviews

Good Artie tells it like it is.
ERIC MYERS
I had read Artie Lange's previous book, Too Fat to Fish, and am a fan of the Howard Stern show.
Rosario Carballo
Some classic funny Artie stories but a very dark and sad book.
James Douglas

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As a long time fan of the Howard Stern show, I was well aware of Artie Lange's problems with drugs and alcohol even before reading his first book, Too Fat to Fish. I found that book a good read, although I found myself bored with some of Artie's stories that were rehashed from the show. As a knowledgable Stern fan, this book went into greater detail about Artie's mental and emotional state and taught me many things about his personality that I had not known beforehand. I found the behind the scenes stories to be, for the most part, informative and insightful, and sometimes even disgusting. One of the best stories included was his account of an embarrassing night at the playboy mansion, a hilarious tale that reminded me of how talented a story-teller Artie can be.

This book covers the time period from after his first book came out in 2008 to the present day. During that time period, Artie Lange went through a personal hell, cycling through drug binges and withdrawals, constantly trying to dupe and outwit his friends and family so he could continue his destructive habits until it all came to a head in a most disturbing way. Some of this book is very hard to read, especially if you are a fan of Artie and wish to see him well. I actually saw Artie Lange when I went to a book signing for Too Fat to Fish in 2009, and can personally attest to the fact Artie looked totally out of it. At the time I had no idea how bad off he was.

The book is a fantastic and highly emotional account of a man who lost everything due to his own demons, but some parts of the book made me a little frustrated. Even though this was written after his crash and burn, he doesn't seem very regretful for the horrible things he's done to himself and others.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John on November 8, 2013
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I was very excited to read "Crash and Burn", especially after really enjoying "Too Fat To Fish". There were so many question's I was hoping he would answer in this book. I was looking forward to hearing Artie's side of his departure from the Stern Show, what he really thought about the different personalities on Stern, and why he decided to attempt suicide again.

Unfortunately this didn't happen. There is one brief conversation he had with Howard near the end of his tenure but that was really it. Is he bitter about Stern having him back on?
"Too Fat to Fish" was a funny book with a lot of heart. This book captures none of that energy and can be quite tedious at times. My biggest gripe has to be his explanation of the suicide attempt. I won't give it away, but let me say his explanation is very hard to believe.

I'd read the book if you are a fan of the baby gorilla, but don't expect to learn much...Salute!
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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mike_A on December 11, 2013
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As a long time Stern fan and of course, Artie (when he was semi coherent), I was curious to read this and see just how well he is doing since stabbing himself. His first book To Fat To Fish was funny albeit it was still themed with his glamorizing degenerate lifestyle that he is so famous for doing going back to the 1st time on the Stern show when Norm McDonald first brought him along for a appearance (and he stole the show as result of his mind boggling self destructive behavior, then a new revelation and character), but the book was more funny then sad/sick/depressing.

But this time, sorry, the act is worn and dull. I am happy he is alive and healthy (at least at the time of the publication, but then again Artie is a lying addict who has lied to people for decades so who knows). Unlike his 1st book, the opposite occurs hear, less funny but more and more disturbing selfish behavior and all done in"Arti-fication" wise. He still seems to have great pride in this act despite trying to say he is sorry in the same paragraph. The dude is a first class loser, sorry - - I have lost one friend in the last year to suicide as a result of drugs and have written off 1 other all along while watching a niece of mine presently kill a baby internally in real time as result of carrying and still using (when she gives birth, and if the baby is alive, it will be taken away by the state). He makes no bones about his behavior and appears to be apologetic, but he is Artie so how can you believe a thing he says. Sadly I have seen his type of personal destructive behavior up close for too long and know what it does to families, friends and even employers. He has no clue of the true impact of his actions.

And the worse thing about this book is still laments about his "I lost my father" crap.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CTK on January 6, 2014
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Brings out the worst of Artie. I loved him on Howard Stern and we even went to Miami a few years ago to see his show which was disappointing. I originally chalked it up to him having an off night but looking back he probably was stoned and /or drunk since he seemed ill prepared. When they say don't meet your idols ( or celebrities) since you will be disappointed, they are right. Very revealing book , I now feel like I know Artie and I really don't like him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Holler on February 7, 2014
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Tough reading about the extensive drug struggles but paints an honest picture of an addict. I imagine family and friends of addicts should read this book
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