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Too Fat to Fish | [Artie Lange]

Too Fat to Fish

A natural storyteller with a bottomless pit of material, Lange grew up in a close-knit, working-class Italian family in Union, New Jersey, as a maniacal Yankees fan who pursued the two things his father said he was cut out for: sports and comedy. Wild, shocking, and drop-dead hilarious, Too Fat to Fish is Artie Lange giving everything he's got to give. And like a true pro, the man never disappoints.
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Publisher's Summary

When Artie Lange joined the permanent cast of The Howard Stern Show in 2001, it was possibly the greatest thing ever to happen in the Stern universe, second only to the show's move to the wild, uncensored frontier of satellite radio. Lange provided what Stern had yet to find all in the same place: a wit quick enough to keep pace with his own, a pathetic self-image to dwarf his own, a personal history both heartbreaking and hilarious, and an ingrained sense of self-sabotage that continually keeps things interesting.

A natural storyteller with a bottomless pit of material, Lange grew up in a close-knit, working-class Italian family in Union, New Jersey, as a maniacal Yankees fan who pursued the two things his father said he was cut out for: sports and comedy. Tragically, Artie Lange Sr. never saw the truth in that prediction. He became a quadriplegic in an accident when Artie was 18 and died soon after. But as with every trial in his life, from his drug addiction to his obesity, to his fights with his mother, Artie mines the humor, pathos, and humanity in these events and turns them into comedy classics.

True fans of the Stern Show will find Artie gold in these pages: hilarious tales that couldn't have happened to anyone else. There are stories from his days driving a Jersey cab, working as a longshoreman in Port Newark, and navigating the dark circuit of stand-up comedy. There are outrageous episodes from the frenzied heights of his coked-up days at MADtv, surprisingly moving stories from his childhood, and an account of his recent U.S.O. tour that is equally stirring and irreverent. But also in this volume are stories Artie's never told before, including some that he deemed too revealing for radio.

Wild, shocking, and drop-dead hilarious, Too Fat to Fish is Artie Lange giving everything he's got to give. And like a true pro, the man never disappoints.

©2008 Artie Lang; (P)2008 Random House

What the Critics Say

"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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    Shawn DENISON, TEXAS, United States 12-11-12
    Shawn DENISON, TEXAS, United States 12-11-12
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    "Inlighting, sad, funny a must listen"
    Would you listen to Too Fat to Fish again? Why?

    Yes I woud. It shows how one man can have such demons and overcome them and turn around


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    Skip 08-13-12
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    "The too fat to fish story was funny."
    What would have made Too Fat to Fish better?

    Maybe if I was drunk or stoned I would have laughed at his disgusting stories.


    If you’ve listened to books by Artie Lange before, how does this one compare?

    NA


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    was not consistant


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disgust


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waist your time

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    James DOWNINGTOWN, PA, United States 05-02-12
    James DOWNINGTOWN, PA, United States 05-02-12
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    "Great Stories"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Seems a bit exagerrated


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I enjoyed all the stories, but most were told on the Stern show


    Was Too Fat to Fish worth the listening time?

    Only if you dont know the stories from the Stern Show


    Any additional comments?

    I Love Artie Lange!!!

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    alvin United States 01-02-12
    alvin United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "fascinating"
    Would you listen to Too Fat to Fish again? Why?

    i was really surpised how close artie was to his dad


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    artie of course


    What about Artie Lange’s performance did you like?

    how he told his story


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    some parts funny and some parts very sad


    Any additional comments?

    i will recommend this book to others

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    Mark WHITTIER, CA, United States 01-25-11
    Mark WHITTIER, CA, United States 01-25-11
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    "**Great book, funny man, sad sad story**"

    Been listening to Artie on the Howard Stern show for years. Couldn't wait for his book. Artie hit a homerun...a great book, funny, sad, and very moving. Sorry to hear about his terrible suicide attempt, but if you listen or read his book you can see how he struggles with his career, drugs, and his fathers sad accident and death. Good luck Artie...hope 2011 is a better year for you.

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    Matt Mead, WA, USA 11-17-09
    Matt Mead, WA, USA 11-17-09
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    "An amazingly wonderful story"

    It may have been better to hear the entire book in Artie's voice only because it is his book, but it is great to hear his friends from the show do some of the reading. It is a great book, an amazing story that I enjoyed listening to just as much as I enjoyed reading. I don't think that you need to be a fan of Artie or of the Howard Stern show to enjoy this reading of a great book. It does make you understand Artie's tendency to have a heart of gold causing him to help anyone that he can whenever he can.

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    Robert Shelbyville, KY, USA 04-11-09
    Robert Shelbyville, KY, USA 04-11-09
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    "Nice to hear the truth"

    Artie holds nothing back.

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    Joyce Macedon, NY, USA 02-16-09
    Joyce Macedon, NY, USA 02-16-09
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    "Great, if disturbing, book"

    This is an excellent book that honestly depicts Artie's ups and downs in the industry. Sometimes you will listen in horror as he details how he self destructed as great opportunity after great opportunity was handed to him. Even though you sometimes want to slap him across the face and shake him sober you will never hate Artie. He is a lovable screw-up who you will keep you laughing throughout the book.

    Here is the one negative. When Artie and Gary read the book it flows well. When the other readers jump in it become painful. The only good thing is that even their poor performances don't wreck the book. The story is able to transcend the reader.

    I highly recommend this book.

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    Brian Golden, CO, USA 02-15-09
    Brian Golden, CO, USA 02-15-09 Member Since 2008
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    "read the book - narrators ruin this comedy"

    Artie is so funny and I'm a big fan. This audio book starts off strong but Artie leaves in the middle of the recording to enter rehab. He asks his illiterate friends to read the remaining chapters and it ruins the experience so much so that I wish I would have read the book instead of listened.

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    Jason Easton, PA, USA 02-11-09
    Jason Easton, PA, USA 02-11-09
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    "A must for any Stern Fan"

    A real (scary) look into Artie's life and how he became who he is today. The book is extremely funny; even the Rev. Bob makes a guest reading and the words were pronounced almost accurately.

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