Artie Lange: “I’m about to go into drug treatment rehab”

Comedian Artie Lange seems ready for a change.

Now 51 years old, his health fading, Lange appears ready to commit to sobriety. And it begins with a treatment program.

“I’m about to go into drug treatment and commit to a full rehab, in-patient,” he said in a recent interview on the Steve Trevelise Show. “I don’t know. I’m a very humble guy at this point. And I think I’m ready to go and do what I gotta do. It’s been long enough.”

“I’m about to take a big step to help myself, to save my life. I’m sure you will hear about it. I feel like I’m not done. I have another run of laughing with you all. I want to thank you fans the way you thank me. You have saved my life. You are special to me. Wish me luck.”

Artie Lange on Howard Stern’s New Book: Two Chapters Are About Me

Artie Lange released a new book on July 17, 2018, titled “Wanna Bet?: A Degenerate Gambler’s Guide to Living on the Edge.” Wanna Bet? is Artie’s third memoir which was co-written by Anthony Bozza, like the previous two.

A description of the book from Amazon:

The stories found in Wanna Bet? paint a portrait of a man who would just as quickly bet tens of thousands of dollars on a coin toss as he would a well thought out NBA or NFL wager. Along for the ride are colorful characters from Artie’s life who live by the same creed, from a cast of childhood friends to peers like comedian and known gambler Norm McDonald.

“I get the same jolt of adrenaline when I lose as I do when I win,” he insists. “That’s because when I lose, I lose big. My losses are like a huge ship passing by, trailing a wake of chaos, and there I am, having the time of my life, just an asshole on a Jet Ski catching air off the backwash.”

Howard Stern’s new book will reportedly be out Sept 25th and Artie Lange is curious to see how much of him is in it. “I’m curious to see what it is, you know. [Howard] is a master of marketing. Two chapters are supposed to be about me,” says Lange.”

“I failed upwards,” says Lange.” When the other comics were there, Gary went around and told everybody the only time Howard doesn’t want you to talk is when there’s a guest in.” Part of the job was writing jokes for Howard which Artie really wasn’t very good at. “I stunk at talking in his voice, I just couldn’t do it. I’ve always been like that, I can’t write for other people.” Lange, thinking he was going to lose the gig, gets called in by Howard and Gary. So being a failure at writing worked out for Artie because as he said, “I got to co-host the show.”

“Howard says, ‘Listen, none of the stuff you’re writing is working out.’” Artie apologized and was ready to get his things when Stern continued, “‘so I’m going to leave your mic on all the time.’” Both Lange and Dell’abatte were shocked.

“What??? Howard says, ‘No one else has that, even Robin’s mic I turn down sometimes, so the only two people’s who’s mic is going to be on all the time is me and you.’” Gary later said to Artie, “Art, you should be flattered because this show is everything to him and he’s putting it in your hands.”

Artie Lange: “4 years of probation is a long time. I am gonna try my best.”

Comedian Artie Lange was sentenced to four years of probation for drug charges stemming from a May 2017 arrest for heroin possession.

 

New Jersey State Superior Court Judge Nancy Sivilli handed down the sentence along with orders to complete an outpatient drug treatment program and 50 hours of community service.

Not long after he was sentenced to four years of probation for heroin possession, comedian Artie Lange tweeted about the judge’s decision.

Lange, 50, thanked Judge Nancy Sivilli and called her decision “very fair” but said that he still found the length of the probation daunting. He proceeded to call his history of addiction a cautionary tale.

In Superior Court in Newark on Friday, Sivilli also sentenced Lange to 50 hours of community service and ordered him to report back with information on his enrollment in an outpatient drug treatment program within 10 days.

“The judge was very fair!” Lange tweeted. “But 4 yrs probation is a long time. I am gonna try my best. If I end up in jail for yrs let my life be a lesson to you kids battling Heroin. I had everything! And more. I traded it for powder. Don’t make that mistake. Ur better than that. & I love u!!”

Anthony Cumia: “Artie Lange is in extreme danger” and needs to leave The A&A Show

In a recent episode of the A&A show, Anthony Cumia explained why Artie Lange won’t be on the show anymore. Cumia said Artie needs to take time away from the show to deal with his drug possession case.

“From this point to the foreseeable future, this is much too serious to try and pin a date on. We just won’t see Artie around here anymore. I’m sorry to say. The bottom line really is he needs to fix Artie Lange. He can’t worry about making it to this show every day,” said Cumia.

“After speaking with Artie Lange for a little while it has been determined that Artie Lange will be concentrating on Artie Lange. This is the deal. It has to be done. The guy is in extreme danger at this point. Both physically and legally coming up. This is no joke. He could literally be going to a federal pound me in the ass prison.”

Artie was arrested for drug possession last year, 81 decks of heroin to be specific. He was supposed to be sentenced in February, but that date was pushed back when he was hospitalized for health-related issues. Lange is set to be sentenced on June 1st, 2018.

Artie says his latest court appearance “went great”

Artie Lange appeared in court on March 23. Artie said his latest court appearance “went great.”

Artie was arrested for drug possession last year, 81 decks of heroin to be specific. He was supposed to be sentenced in February, but that date was pushed back when he was hospitalized for health related issues.

“Just out of court. It went great. It was a pre-sentence interview. I saw the judge who is very fair,” Lange tweeted after leaving Superior Court in Newark on Friday morning. “She said I looked better! The interview went well. So I’m praying for probation but I will respectfully do what they tell me to do!”

Artie is scheduled to be sentenced on May 18.

Artie Lange facing “anywhere from three to five years” in jail?!?

Last month Artie tweeted that he had checked into a hospital to get his blood sugar under control. A couple of months prior to his hospital stay, Artie was beaten by a pipe in a New Jersey jail. Today, Artie is back in rehab seeking treatment for drug addiction and possibly facing 5 years of prison time for drug possession charges.  He was arrested back in March 2017 for possession of cocaine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia at his home in Hoboken, New Jersey.

But that wasn’t the only time he was arrested in 2017. In May 2017, Lange was arrested after he was allegedly seen driving his Range Rover erratically near a McDonald’s on the Garden State Parkway. Police said they found him with a large bag of heroin on his lap. Lange was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

When police arrested him for not showing up to court, Lange pleaded guilty to possession of 81 decks — each deck is about 1 to 15 grams — of heroin.

“I went in the hospital to get my blood sugar under control,” he tweeted mid-February 2018. “I’m out to go to work. I missed too many days & I insisted. My blood pressure is way up. So I have to go back in tonight til it’s down. I’m payin for an unhealthy life. When the medication is right I will be fine.”

Artie who is now 50, admitted that he had gotten scared after a doctor told him he was in danger of suffering a stroke.

“So don’t worry. But when a doctor says I’m in danger of a stroke unless I change everything I do I get insanely scared. I hate the hospital but they said if I don’t go back they’d refuse to treat me. I will do this guys. I ain’t ready to check out yet.”

Artie Lange‘s sentencing hearing has been pushed back because the comedian remains in rehab seeking treatment for drug addiction, Lange’s attorney told Page Six.

Artie is now scheduled to appear in court on March 23.

Possibilities for penalties Artie could face include a drug treatment program, probation or probation with a split sentence — a year in county jail, for instance. But in general, jail time for possession of heroin could mean anywhere from three to five years. – Brian McCauley said, a criminal defense attorney who worked as a prosecutor in Mercer County for 30 years.

The fact that Artie is completing a stay in rehab could help but 81 decks heroin is a lot for anyone to be arrested with.

Artie Lange Beaten In New Jersey Jail With A Pipe By Five Guys

Artie Lange made his return to The Anthony and Artie Show this week, where he recounted how he was brutally beaten in a New Jersey jail by a pipe. Adam Carolla commented on the story below:

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Artie told Anthony Cumia that a guard was “mad” at him, and made the decision to put him in the general population sector.

“They get five guys who hold me down, and this kid is beating me with a pipe in my lower back,” Lange claimed. “He had a technique where they brought it back up so they didn’t kill you. For two days this happened.”

“My back is killing. I was laying in piss while I was getting beat with a pipe. They gave me no insulin — my sugar was 680. You’re dead when it hits 650,” Artie who is a diabetic said.

Artie eventually made his way to the infirmary. But the guards allegedly told him he would have to go back to the general population until they could find a cell.

“So I said shave my head because they kept grabbing me by the head. I was in like a cage. They would grab me by the hair to pull me out to beat me with a fucking pipe. So I said if I have no hair, they can’t do that. I look like a fat whale.”

Artie Lange: “Pete Holmes Is The Best Comedy Partner I’ve Ever Had”

Filming for HBO’s “Crashing” season 2 is currently underway and comedian Pete Holmes has confirmed Artie Lange will continue to be a regular on the show.

“I play a very naïve character based on myself, I would say when I was 28,” said Holmes. “Then I meet Artie and I’m a guy who wants to get into comedy and Artie’s a guy who’s obviously in comedy and warns me about it, like the ghost of Christmas future. But then we kind of rub off on each other.”

In an interview, Pete talked about the “crashing” aspect of the show, which is supposed to be a reference to couch surfing. Holmes admitted that the concept of the show is not something that would last forever and stated that the show may only go on for two more seasons.

Crashing episode 6 is titled “Artie” which will deal with Artie’s personal problems including the drug issue. Lange admitted that things got a bit emotional in this “Crashing” season 2 episode.

Artie who is best known for being the abrasive unfiltered former comedian of The Howard Stern Show went on to say how much comedy has enlightened him to some liberal ideas.

“The town I grew up in north Jersey is eight miles from this progressive, unbelievable place, New York City. But it has the most closed-minded people about gays, racial stuff. And I’m proud that I became more enlightened than my friends by going into show business. You do meet a lot of interesting people that are more enlightened than you are in the world.”

“Most people who don’t take the leap into a creative world never even try to answer those questions,” Lange says, referring to the spiritual queries about faith and existence that often come up on Crashing. “They just let that all build up and they become my uncle Tony. And I’m trying not to do that.”

Artie & Anthony Show: New Podcast with Artie Lange and Anthony Cumia!

RadarOnline has published an article revealing that former Howard Stern Show co-host Artie Lange is joining The Anthony Cumia Show, sort of.

Artie Lange, who is now 50, is leaving his own “Artie Quitter Podcast” to team up with broadcaster Anthony Cumia, former host of “The Opie & Anthony Show.” Together the two will form the Artie & Anthony Show, a new podcast and live broadcast set to debut September 4th, 2017 on Compound Media.

The Artie & Anthony Show will run Monday through Thursday from 4-6PM EST live from New York City.

“Artie was basically offered too much money to walk away from,” reported RadarOnline. “And it was Anthony’s idea to place Artie’s name first. They’ve been friends for a while.”

Artie, who enjoyed a successful two-year run with his Artie Quitter Podcast called the possibility of working with Ant “really interesting.” “I’d be going from working with Judd Apatow and HBO, who could not be more liberal, to Cumia, who is a total outlaw conservative!”

Artie Lange: They called me a mama’s boy because I didn’t want to do coke in the 7th grade

Artie, who is turning 50 this year, opened up to a group of about 100 people at the Caroline’s On Broadway venue, where he recalled his drug-fueled medical crisis in July for the first time on stage.

“So this is exactly what my doctor said, with my Italian mother next to me. Alright, I’ll tell you, your son has an abscess right here next to his heart and it formed a reservoir. In the reservoir is a bunch of heroin and cocaine that formed a sludge. A sludge of heroin and cocaine. If you don’t get it out soon, he will be dead within a week.”

“Then my mother burst into tears. That’s what he said, he said the word sludge. That’s an example of living badly. I don’t want to hear that at 50 years old.”

Artie said he lives with constant regret that he began a sordid life of drugs and excess at such a young age.

“I’m 50. It’s been a rough 50 years. if I could do it all over again, I’d tell that kid, no,” he admitted. “I’d tell my middle school self, no I don’t want to do coke in the steam room. They used to call me a mama’s boy because I didn’t want to do coke on a Tuesday morning, 9 o’clock in the 7th grade.”