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Too Fat to Fish Paperback – June 2, 2009
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
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.
I was excited to pick up "Too Fat to Fish", but for some reason it really took me awhile to crack it open and read it. Well I just finished and I have to say, there are some excellent stories in here. Specifically, the parts of the book dealing with Lange's father were extraordinary. You can really feel the emotions and care put into those chapters. If nothing else, "Too Fat to Fish" is a great testimony to a loving father/son relationship.
As Lange moves further into his career as a stand-up comedian, and onto the set of Madtv, things begin to unravel. Any fan of Howard's radio show, will have heard these stories (multiple times in most cases), but in the book format, Artie is able to go into greater detail than he has on the air. Some of the stories are genuinely repulsive, and some will have you chuckling. It's scary to see someone so intent on self destruction, that he recognizes his weaknesses, but he seems so helpless to stop himself from participating in the life threatening vices.
The book covers Langes life from Childhood, through his career as a cab driver, long shoreman, stand-up comedian, television star, movie stardom, to co-hosing the Stern show, up through his recent trip to Iraq. It's a very interesting story, but since being published, fans of the show know that Artie has again fallen off the wagon (December 08), that he is consistantly lying, and seems to be pushing away the folks who care so much about him. As I read the chapters, I began wondering, just how much is truth and how much has Artie embellished?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Man what a life. Glad he's still around to share it with us.Published 5 hours ago by Amazon Customer
If your a fan just buy the book. It's no holds barred tales of his drugs booze and behind the scenes.Published 18 days ago by Rob S.
Bought as gift for BF. Arrived on time and he loved it! Said it is very vulgar but hilarious.Published 19 days ago by Jenna C.
I loved the book. Yes, Artie Lange has beaten his body to crap and he's lived a crazy life. This book was able to make me see why. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Theresa Reardon
Die-hard Stern fans will be equal parts delighted and disappointed by "Too Fat to Fish". They'll be delighted because Artie was a great addition to the show (especially... Read morePublished 1 month ago by HH
Artie is an I setting guy a lot today been though he'll and back lived to tell the talePublished 2 months ago by anne marie
I actually liked this one better than the 2nd book, though both are very good. Artie is the best.Published 3 months ago by Adam Haas