Most comedians are tortured artists and there are few more tortured than Artie Lange. The 46-year-old veteran comic, former Howard Stern Show star and two-time best selling author has been to hell. But he’s come back, albeit scathed both physically and psychologically, over the last few years. The culmination of Lange’s storied return to the stage takes form Oct. 18 at midnight on Comedy Central, when Artie Lange: The Stench of Failure premieres.
Filmed at the Victoria Theater at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, Lange covers everything from his stay in mental hospitals, crossing state lines just to score drugs, gambling and more. Laughspin attended the Comedy Central taping and we can tell you that Artie Lange fans will not be disappointed.
Before The Stench of Failure premieres on Comedy Central, you’ll be able to check out the extended, uncensored version of the special on Oct. 13 via CC: Stand-Up Direct, the network’s home for its exclusive digital content. It’ll be available on the Comedy Central App on Oct. 19 and two days letter the uncensored version will be available on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Xbox Video, Sony Entertainment Network and Vudu.
Lange, who has long battled depression and substance abuse problems, attempted to commit suicide in January of 2010. After leaving The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM, Lange slowly made his way back to the stand-up stage. He released his second book Crash and Burn in October of 2013. Before that he started co-hosting the radio and video podcast show the Nick & Artie Show for DirecTV in late 2011 and began hosting The Artie Lange Show at the start of last year when Nick Di Paolo left the original show. DirecTV canceled Lange’s show this past April, but Lange continues to headline theaters across the country.