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Too Fat to Fish Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 11, 2008
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“A comedy treasure…One of the funniest guys there is…The pride of New Jersey.” –Jimmy Kimmel
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.
Read TOO FAT TO FISH.
Too Fat to Fish has some hilarious stories (the "Ash Wednesday" story he told on the Howard Stern Show along with many others) as well as some tear-jerkers that were very moving (the story about his last night with his father before he passed away is easily one of the saddest and most touching stories I've ever heard). If you love Artie, love his work on Howard Stern and want to understand his mindset a little more and try to figure out how dark his demons really are, I can't recommend this book enough.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love Artie from MadTV days and then was so happy when he joined the "cast" of The Howard Stern Show. Read morePublished 21 days ago by RollinPolanski
The definition of a comedian / comedienne is being able to take a joke. Under all conditions & every circumstance. I refer to Artie Lange as Farty Long. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ramzy Sweis
Although I have not read this book, I like Artie Lange. He's funny. He is today's version of John Belushi.Published 2 months ago by Daniel Boone
Man what a life. Glad he's still around to share it with us.Published 5 months 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 6 months ago by Rob S.