Crash and Burn by Artie Lange

By Artie Lange

Veteran comic and radio character Artie Lange turns an unflinching eye and his signature wit on his perilous descent into drug habit, life-threatening melancholy, and finally, his restoration, within the follow-up to his hilariously uncooked debut, number one long island occasions bestseller Too fats to Fish.

At a excessive element in his occupation, Artie Lange performed a sold-out exhibit in Carnegie corridor and absolutely killed—yet in the course of his status ovation, all he may well examine have been the 2 luggage of heroin in his pocket. in the middle of a deep, self-destructive melancholy, hooked on heroin and prescribed drugs, he lashed out at all people round him— from his fellow forged individuals at the Howard Stern exhibit, to superstar site visitors, his longtime neighbors, or even his personal family.

By turns darkish and aggravating, hilarious and heartbreaking, and continually drop-dead sincere, Crash and Burn lifts the curtain on Artie’s risky slide, and provides a brand new, crystal-clear window into the brain of the addict. For the 1st time, Artie finds all: the entire fact in the back of his now mythical Stern convey meltdown, his suicide test (which he relates in terrifying detail), spectacular stints in rehab, and painful relapses. With the assistance and aid of family and friends, Artie claws his long ago, turning his lifestyles and profession round. And regardless of his slipups, backslides, and everlasting losses, Artie forges on.

With Crash and Burn, Artie Lange is going all-in, confessing a narrative that's as stunning because it is humorous, ever tempered by way of his attribute humor, self-awareness, and inimitable method with phrases.

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Everything about her was different from any other woman he’d ever met—from the way she dressed (vaguely bohemian, dramatic), to the way she talked (in a piercing nasal voice that once heard can’t be forgotten), to the way she thought (“When everyone else goes right, she goes left,” Sammy always said). And she was smart as hell. She’d done fairly well as the proprietress of the Pickle Barrel, a funky clothing store/gift shop that Sammy financed for her across the street from the Comedy Store. But it bored her, so they closed it down after eight months.

But once he was gone, she jumped on the opportunity like a dog on a bone. She turned her attention first to the growing number of young comics who’d been coming in night after night and sitting in the back hoping to get on. Under Sammy’s whoever’s-famous-goesfirst rule, they rarely got a chance. But Mitzi saw potential in the youngsters, both as performers and as a labor pool. 50 an hour redecorating the club to her specifications. She had them paint the entire room black— walls, ceilings, tables—and ordered that the stage be lit with a single spotlight.

The first one they found was George Carlin. ’” That quip was the opening line of his groundbreaking 1972 album, FM and AM, which pictured him on the cover dressed in bell-bottom jeans and sandals, with shoulder length hair and a beard. His follow-up album later that year, Class Clown, included the now legendary routine “Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV” (“shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits”). Both albums quickly went gold, meaning they sold at least 500,000 copies, which was considered huge at the time.

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