Today is larger-than-laughter funnyman Artie Lange’s birthday, marking yet another year that the routinely assumed-to-be-doomed obese, alcoholic, drug addict, compulsive gambler, mental patient, suicide survivor, and former Howard Stern sidekick has pulled another fast one on the Grim Reaper. The official score now stands at Artie 47, Death 0 (not counting any of those times he had to be revived by paramedics). [photo: Jason Merritt/Getty]
In addition to all those skating-on-the-edge-of-fatal characteristics, though, let’s not forget that New Jersey native Lange is also a New York Times bestselling author, creator and star of the cult softball flick Beer League, Norm MacDonald’s perfect comedy partner in Dirty Work, an endlessly entertaining sports commentator, and one of the most gut-bustingly hilarious comedians of the past twenty-five years.
Artie says he’s been clean and sober for a while now. He still chain-puff Marlboros and he’s definitely not eating healthy or exercising, but the big lug certainly seems happy and he’s clearly being productive. His latest stand-up special, Artie Lange: The Stench of Failure, premieres October 18 on Comedy Central. We’ll be watching and, although, we’re not crossing Artie off the list of names in our Dead Pool just yet, we definitely hope he’ll still be alive next week so he can catch it, too.
In the meantime, check out Artie Lange giving some “Unqualified Advice” on first date conversations, making friends with ex-drunks, and cleaning up cat poop in this web video he shot backstage at The Tonight Show…