Artie Lange heads to rehab; could face jail time

Artie Lange announced this week he’s going back to rehab, but first has to go to court. The comedian revealed that he would go into treatment earlier this week on a New Jersey radio show hosted by Steve Trevelise on 101.5 FM.

The announcement comes after a meeting with the founder of Hamilton Township’s City of Angels Kevin Meara, who runs the nonprofit that fights drug addiction. “I’m about to go into drug treatment and commit to a full rehab — inpatient,” Lange continued, “Kevin’s helping me and, I don’t know, I’m a very humble guy at this point. I think I’m ready to go and do what I’ve got to do. It’s been long enough.”

The New Jersey comedian is probably best known for his time on the radio with longtime friend Howard Stern and his stint on MADtv. Recently he’s been a prominent figure on HBO’s Crashing playing a fictionalized version of himself. In one episode of the show called Artie, it shows the character struggling with drug addiction.

The move to rehab follows a long string of arrests for the stand-up. He was originally arrested when, during a traffic stop, New Jersey police allegedly found heroin in his car. He later was arrested for failing to appear in court. He eventually pleaded guilty to possession of 81 baggies of the substance. The judge sentenced him to four years probation and an outpatient drug rehab program last summer.

Unfortunately, the comedian’s run-ins with the law didn’t stop there. Radar Online reports the comedian will have to go to court this week for failing to meet the terms of his parole. The comedian reportedly failed a drug test and could even be looking at jail time. Especially since the judge had issued a warning when the probation was decided, saying “I hope you take this sentence seriously and do what you need to do — not only for you but for your family, who depend upon you. This is your one chance.”

We at Laughspin wish Artie a full recovery. Watch the announcement on 101.5 below.

Rosa Escandon

I am a stand up comic and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. When I'm not on stage, I am Comedy Editor for The Tusk, sit on the board of the Cinder Block Comedy Festival, and writing my next project. I am passionate about writing about feminism and comedy as well as how women, LBGTQ people, and minorities are changing the face of comedy and entertainment. You may have seen me on Buzzfeed Video, Seriously.TV, aplus, or maybe just on twitter.

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