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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

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"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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A disaster a human makes for a great story

I really enjoyed Too fat to fish. Artie is a dumpster fire of a guy who's demons continue to get the better of him and he somehow always comes out the other end. No matter how hard he tries to ruin his life you cant help but cheer for the guy. Artie is a funny guy who can tell a story and this is a great memoir. And at the very least you will feel good about yourself because no matter how bad you screw up in your life you never pull an Artie because if you ever did you would most certainly be very very dead. “AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY"

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This is what you want.

If you searched for this book looking for degenerate stories you have come to the right place.

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Half audio, disappointing

It started out so good until Artie couldn't continue reading. If I knew this, I would have instead bought the book.

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Awesome!

Loved it! Amazing, heart wrenching stories mixed with the funniest comic whit there is!
Great job Artie, I'm pulling for ya

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Great Book, But??

This was a great Book, Artie being honest about everything. When Artie was reading for the audio book you could almost feel what he was thinking and going threw at the time. Even know each person reading for audio book did good it wasn't the same as if Artie read it himself.

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Too fat to fish

Great read great stories. I wish Artie could have read the entire book but the other narrators were also very good. I would recommend this audible book.

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Very funny and entertaining

Artie tells a lot of hilarious stories from his past. The only complaint is that he should have narrated the entire audio book instead of have of it, leaving the rest for his friend to finish.

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Absolutely awesome

I wasn't sure what to expect this book was great I highly recommend this book

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Dark but funny

Definitely worth getting,very dark but enough humor to keep it going. Laughed sometimes toll it hurt and times really fealt bad for his struggles!

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Interesting man, who's has some great stories.

the stories from Artie Lang's life are interesting and compelling. Great stories about a great father and captivating stories about a self destructive son.

worth a look.