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This debut memoir from the comedian best known as Howard Stern's radio show sidekick 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, his shaggy-dog life story full of derogatory self-awareness and cheerful vulgarity (often in the form of casual profanity and sexism). Many episodes from this life story will be familiar to Stern listeners, including the infamous "Pig Story," wherein Lange snorts cocaine while in full pig costume on the set of television's MADtv. Less familiar to fans will be a sobering account of Lange's suicide attempt and fond childhood memories of his beloved father. Lange's outrageous and horrific behavior involves prostitution, jail time and several trips to rehab; perhaps the saddest recurring theme is the frequency with which Lange thanks someone who's helped him, only to reveal that that person is no longer a part of his life. Glossing over Lange's penchant for alienating people is just one oversight that keeps this warts-and-all memoir from feeling fully honest. Still, for those with a taste for his aggressive, self-loathing brand of humor will find this volume full of compulsively readable stories. Photos.
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“A very funny man.”–David Letterman
“A comedy treasure…One of the funniest guys there is…The pride of New Jersey.” –Jimmy Kimmel

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385526563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385526562
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By J. L LaRegina on February 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I picked up TOO FAT TO FISH, the autobiography of comedian and HOWARD STERN SHOW cast member Artie Lange, expecting to flip-read it. But, starting with a funny introduction from Stern that Lange matches or exceeds laugh-per-page for the rest of the book, TOO FAT TO FISH did not leave my hands until I read every word.

Despite Stern's introduction, Artie Lange does not say much about his work on the radio show in TOO FAT TO FISH until the last couple of chapters. But Lange and coauthor Anthony Bozza hold your attention throughout the pre-Stern years with tales of the comedian's charmed life. I say "charmed life" because, despite Lange's tendencies toward alcohol/drug abuse, gambling, overeating, and angry outbursts, a world of family and friends - even show-business friends - watch his back. There are a number of touching moments, especially regarding his parents. Prepare to choke up as Artie Lange realizes the only difference between homeless drug addicts and him is the support of those who loved this 296-lb. prodigal son. Nonetheless, even reflections such as that lead to some of the funniest comments in TOO FAT TO FISH thanks to Lange's ability to laugh at himself, wisecracking his way through the details of his darkest moments.

Howard Stern hired Artie Lange on his radio show in 2001 after joke whiz Jackie Martling left. But the void Lange filled best was that of Sam Kinison, a regular HOWARD STERN SHOW guest whose combination of comic talent, substance abuse problems and volatile personality made for hours of compelling radio until his untimely 1992 death.

While there are not as many HOWARD STERN SHOW-related anecdotes as you may expect, TOO FAT TO FISH has a number of celebrity stories. For example, Artie Lange's work with the likes of Tom Cruise and Chevy Chase result in two of his most memorable tales about the ups and downs of the entertainment industry.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Howard Fan on December 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have always loved Artie, but after reading his book I love him even more. His stories about his dad are so sweet and heartbreaking. The stories about his drug use break your heart as you realize how he has not yet escaped that demon. His love for his mom and sister and the pride he takes in financially providing for his mother make you realize what a sweetheart he is. It also seemed that he was trying to repair damaged relationship and professed his love for former friends and managers with whom he has lost touch. Finally, the reader also gets a better glimpse into his heroin breakdown while filming his movie. Wish he could repair his relationship with Dana. She seemed to really love him.

Great Read!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doctör Ivan on November 21, 2008
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Artie Lange gives us insight to "what made the man" in Too Fat To Fish. Even if you are not an Artie fan, you're heartless if you do not find his story compelling and his unwavering love for his family genuine.

I know that some readers that are Howard Stern Show fans may say that Artie has told many of these stories on the air, but there is much more revealed within these pages than what has come across in sound bytes on Sirius Radio. Artie Lange gives us his heart in Too Fat To Fish and Howard is not there to edit him. You get the whole story.... the laughs and the ugliness of Artie's personal trials and struggle with substance abuse.

Pick this one up, you wont be sorry.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. H Kazi on December 1, 2008
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I bought this book because I have always thought Artie Lange was funny as hell. That Baby Gorilla scene is burned into my PFC. While I had been a Stern fan for ages, I have grown tired of him over the last few years- I bought this book soley because of Lange (and the back cover- funny as crap).

What I did not expect was how serious and sincere this book can be at times. When he talks about his dad, losing him, etc.. it is very difficult to read. This is someones life- a decent guys life- and it could have been any of ours. As a father of young kids, I am actually going to take better care of my personal well being as a result of reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremiah Olson on March 24, 2015
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I'm a fan of Artie and his style of comedy (my favorite comedians are Doug Stanhope and Jim Norton), but this was a very disappointing book. It's poorly written and repetitive. There is a tremendous amount of name dropping, and everyone he talks about is great or amazing. I'm not sure how he had a coauthor and still used the same two or three adjectives. There are three or four truly funny stories (and the story about his dad was touching), but those account for maybe 20 percent of the book. The remaining 80 percent is pretty bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Andrews on December 12, 2008
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I'm a big Stern fan for many years so I was reading this to gret an insight on Artie. I just couldn't get into this book and after reading it I have less respect for Artie and realize he will most likely die soon from drug abuse. I didn't connect on any level of his life in the book .
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Cave on April 3, 2009
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I like Artie, and he is funny on stern show, but this sad tale was one I could have passed over. I can not figure out how he made the best seller list? Must be the fanatic stern following. I live to laugh and this book although a true sad sack story was making me depressed.Artie stick to being fumnny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ToBeSkatin on August 20, 2014
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Always loved Artie on the Howard Sterm show. Disappointed at this book though. Apparently Artie had some issue in finishing the reading of the book & had to have some of his friends finish reading it for him. I never got to the end of it. Grew bored.
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