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Artie Lange
Artie
Date of Birth
October 11, 1967
Birthplace
Union, New Jersey
Role
Artie / Co-Host
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Arthur Steven "Artie" Lange, Jr., (born October 11, 1967), is an American stand-up comedian, radio personality and actor. Lange is most notable for replacing Jackie Martling on The Howard Stern Show, and as a member of the original cast of the sketch comedy series MADtv. Lange's first book, Too Fat to Fish, was released on November 11, 2008, and was named on the New York Times best-seller list, on November 21, 2008.

MADtvEdit

In 1995, he landed a role as one of the original cast members of FOX's sketch comedy show MADtv. Lange had previous sketch comedy experience with the improv troupe "Live on Tape". His most popular recurring character on the show was "That's My White Mama".

Lange stated that his lowest point of cocaine use occurred during a shooting of the MADtv sketch "Babewatch" (a parody of Babe and Baywatch), in which he played Babe the pig as a lifeguard. Because the sketch involved going through hours of make-up so as to transform the comedian into a pig, he snorted cocaine in his car in full pig make-up during a break in the shooting of the sketch. Upon returning from the shoot, he passed out in his hotel room, awakening to find he had defecated in his bed. The cast and fanbase of The Howard Stern Show now refer to this incident as "The Pig Story." During the second season of MADtv, his stint with the show came to a dramatic end. After a cocaine binge, cast and crew members attempted to have an intervention for him. Lange fled the studio running through streets and backyards with his co-workers chasing after him. The chase ended in a supermarket, where he was arrested. Lange attempted to punch one of the police officers. He was sentenced to time served and probation. Lange began psychiatric counseling and inpatient drug rehabilitation. However, the producers decided not to renew his contract for a third season. Lange appeared in an episode during the show's tenth season.

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