WTF Podcast

Episode 458 - Artie Lange

The fact that Artie Lange is sitting in the garage with Marc is a miracle. Artie talks about his bumpy road back from heroin addiction and a violent suicide attempt, which happened at a time when his star was burning brightest. He tells Marc what his recovery means for his health, his career and his relationships with others in his life, including Howard Stern. This episode is sponsored by NatureBox and by Squarespace.


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truth January 02, 2014 at 5:46 am

holy shit this cat’s laugh is irritating.

Bob Gnarley January 02, 2014 at 8:11 am

i enjoy arties honesty, i will listen or watch anything that guy does

Michael P. Gowdy January 02, 2014 at 11:07 am

I love this guy. How can you not love someone who attempted suicide twice?
Maybe it’s a fucked-up sentiment, but it’s how I feel.
He made 140 grand in two nights, but blew 80 grand of it at the tables an 10 grand on a hooker. I DEEM THEE A TRUE COMIC.

David Plastik January 02, 2014 at 11:44 am

Great to hear you guys talking about the photograph I took of Mark with Sam Kinison at the Comedy Store in 1987.—&GI;_ID=

Smitty January 02, 2014 at 11:29 pm

i respect honesty,but what is honesty in this context: is it a self justified, self absorbed binge out; that operates in the service of “rubber stamping” ugly and cruel behavior?  that’s a very subjective “honesty” at best.  one of the dark sides of 12 step recovery culture,is that it perverts the “prodigal son parable”.  people are unconsciously encouraged, to wreak havoc on people and the world;since, at the end of the day, the AA/NA bosom teat of “eternally forgiving comfort milk”,will always have her much suckled tits available just for the asking.  the “heroic fuck up”, will always find a bunch of semi-comatose, nodding enabling fools, that will sit with stupid glazey smiles on their faces, whilst he[usually a he], rambles on with his most smug and gloated tale of debauchery.

Guest January 03, 2014 at 5:50 am

I forgot he was ever on Mad TV, it’s so easy to remember him as a boorish, uncouth second banana, or as a flunkie to dudes who were exponentially more talented.

Sorta Totally January 03, 2014 at 4:16 pm

This one really made me feel not alone; the whole two guys my age being 1 percenters.
Ferrell may be nice bit I don’t trust someone without a stoner past who knows no cool music (you busted his bad taste, ha!) and it shows in his wink/nudge this-is-funny-because-it’s-supposed-to-be style. I’m sure he’s a fine fella.  But Artie Lange I just freaking love. I’m nothing like him roots-wise but I read his 1st book (and could tell he wasn’t done relapsing). He’s bright, funny and heartful. These two are a good pair. Artie has that thing where he makes other comics find a slot and wind up.
Artie - just stabilize on 2 mg of bupe 4x daily and you’ll be tits on the anx/depression and the urges. Don’t bother with SSRI or other cocktails, just pure bube (not subox). And live rurally or spend lots of time rurally if you can.

Sorta Totally January 03, 2014 at 4:34 pm

spelling should say:
“may be nice but I don’t “
“just pure bupe”

Marc - Sabbath? Not “Release the Bats” by Nick Cave and Birthday Party??

AEdwared January 03, 2014 at 4:47 pm

The interview good, but I could have done without the : I made 200 grands on this and $100K on that. It got annoying and pretty distasteful after the 45th time.You didn’t hear Ferrell talk about how many millions he made in the last 5 minutes.

Dan January 04, 2014 at 3:23 pm

He’s not bragging about the sums of money, per se. He’s a gambling addict. He’s up, he’s down. That’s how he experiences life.

The thing about the 250k check making his mother’s hand shake is touching, to me at least, and the sum is important. It’s a lot of money but it’s not like “set for life” money we’re talking

J R January 05, 2014 at 1:48 am

Good luck getting those bats out, Marc.

Eric Kincaid January 06, 2014 at 9:34 am

This was a great interview; wish it could have been longer. As the guy above said, I don’t think Artie was attempting to brag about money at all; he was contextualizing his addictions and the ability of money to enable both good and bad things in life.

BUT! I can’t believe you didn’t discuss Artie’s meeting with Lorne Michaels!


Rich January 07, 2014 at 11:23 am

>>>BUT! I can’t believe you didn’t discuss Artie’s meeting with Lorne Michaels!

Yep, one of the great WTFs ever, but I can’t believe this didn’t happen. When Artie said something to the effect that the meeting with the gambler was the most he’d ever been condescended to outside of meeting with Lorne Michaels, I actually roared and clapped my hands in anticipation of Marc exploring that. He just missed it, probably a casualty of just trying to keep the whole conversation flowing.

But I’d love to hear these two talk about SNL and Lorne Michaels.

One other thing, if Marc reads these:

I’d LOVE to read a book or better watch a DOCUMENTARY that you would put together about the world of comedy that you and Artie talked about, it’s like a lost world—some rise up out of it some get swallowed and some rise to the top of it brilliantly but that’s as high as they get. HUGE personalities, you, Attel, Patrice, early Louie of course but more interesting are the dynamics IN that world, not who left it,  And how it happened right beside and butted up against the mainstream SNL “pipeline”—I think it would be awesome.

Call it: The Secret History of Comedy

Jason January 11, 2014 at 1:42 am

meh.  I’m glad to have missed another story about Lorne effing Michaels and his self-importance.  SNL mostly sucks.

Patrick January 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

“holy shit man, I don’t even KNOW that guy.” Oh man… so many times.

junior January 16, 2014 at 11:40 am

great episode Marc… of your best!

enan January 17, 2014 at 12:00 am

sometimes when I hear you patronize a guest like this towards the end of an interview I start to think of you as a serial killer-esq kinda interviewer, honestly I don’t know how much you doubting him helps get him thorough that first year… but maybe I just haven’t been to enough AA meetings

Baby Gorilla January 28, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Artie fuckin’ rules. Great podcast.

Brandyn February 13, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Great episode his stories about his father and Quincy Jones had me rolling on the floor. I’ve started doing open mics like so many because of this podcast and IFC’s Maron. I also enjoyed how Artie Lange was honest about his mistakes and talks freely about his finances. So many comedians act like money doesn’t phase them but so many of them were broke for years.

ES May 15, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Easily my favorite WTF.  I hope Maron finds a reason to bring him back, so funny. Great rapport.