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)
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.
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.
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.
Delve into this book to find out the most disturbing details and loveable insights about your favorite Stern Show Mess, Artie Lange. He will make you think long and hard about your own life and the lives of those around you through his colorful anecdotes. Artie, Gary and Jim do a great job; Bob is hard to listen to but it will make you chuckle a little.
I can't tell you how good this book was to listen to, coming from Artie himself. It came from his heart as he read it as only Artie knew where to put emphasis where it was needed. The minute Gary takes over, the audio begins it's decent into the depths of the uninteresting. Despite this obvious warning not to continue listening, I ignored the signs and set a course to collide head on with Bob "hooked on phonics" Levy. Needless to say, I didn't want to lose my hunger for the rest of this book and I had to stop listening to it almost immediately after Gary ended his chapters. In order for me to stay hooked on this book, I had to actually go out and pick up a book. Something Bob Levy should have done when he was 5 years old instead waiting until he was 32.... Outside of that, Artie's story is horrifically enticing and so riveting to hear, that every page has you on the edge of your seat, waiting to hear for the next tragic event that takes place in Artie's life. His life mimics events of such legendary comics Sam Kinison, Leny Bruce and John Belushi all rolled into one. Through the up's and down's, through sober times and addicted times, Artie's story is sad and unique. I really sympathized with Artie and I applaud the strength he's found to make it this far in life. It was worth the money I paid just to hear Artie tell his story in the first 6 chapters. It really came from his soul. I still rate it a 4 outta 5 just because that's how good the first 6 chapters are! I doubt I or anyone else can say the same for the rest of the audio book. Let's face it, "Beetlejuice" could have done a much better job than Levy. By the way, I never made it to Jim Florentine so I have no idea how good or bad he was. If Artie ever finds it in his heart to go back and finish the audio version of his book, I'd buy it again just to hear him tell it in his own words. As a matter of fact, I'd pay double. Rest in Peace Artie Lange. Your Pop is damm proud of ya!
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