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
"A very funny man." (David Letterman)
"A comedy treasure....One of the funniest guys there is....The pride of New Jersey." (Jimmy Kimmel)
I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.
Constant. Train. Wreck.
Artie is my favorite character. It's an autobiography.
I wish that he would have finished reading the entire book himself.
his dad's death
I got through it pretty quickly. I needed some popular culture after listening to Einstein's biography.
Yes, each story gets better and better when you listen to it again.
The stories of his father can make anyone cry. The stories of his drug induced shenanigans can make you laugh til you cry.
Yes I woud. It shows how one man can have such demons and overcome them and turn around
Maybe if I was drunk or stoned I would have laughed at his disgusting stories.
was not consistant
Don't waist your time
Seems a bit exagerrated
I enjoyed all the stories, but most were told on the Stern show
Only if you dont know the stories from the Stern Show
I Love Artie Lange!!!
i was really surpised how close artie was to his dad
artie of course
how he told his story
some parts funny and some parts very sad
i will recommend this book to others
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.
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.
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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