Since taking over the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon has hosted hundreds of guests, ranging from accomplished musicians to upsettingly famous reality stars. Some of them have visited more often than others, a distinct honor in itself. That’s why I couldn’t imagine anyone more deserving of the record for most Fallon appearances than Artie Lange. Veteran stand-up comedian and raunchy conversationalist extraordinaire, Artie is known for his long and hilarity packed tenure on Howard Stern, his brutally honest stand-up, and more infamously, his troubled and difficult past. From heroin addiction to spending time at a mental institution, Lange has seen both ends of the success spectrum and finally, to our happy relief, he is on a well-earned comeback tour of sorts.
Lange showed up on Fallon to promote his upcoming stand-up special, The Stench of Failure and brought the funny while giddily making Fallon super-uncomfortable with his One Direction fandom and what it really means to wind up in a mental institution. Lange also brought up how he instantly won and lost way too much money because of Keith Richards’ cigarette. If there was ever a bet that I would imagine Lange would be involved in, it’s that. Lange’s The Stench of Failure premieres Oct. 18 on Comedy Central.