Comedians are often very troubled people, and few comedians are as
troubled as Artie Lange. Lange, who was previously on the Howard Stern
Show for over eight years, has recently spoken out about his continuing
struggles with addiction and mental health. In a new interview, Lange also
made concerning comments about his future while addressing his own going
struggles.

A Funnyman’s Struggles

Artie Lange first broke through on Mad TV, and he eventually made it to the
catbird seat on Howard Stern, taking the place of Jackie “The Jokeman”
Martling. Lange knew he had an incredible gig, and he called it “the best job
ever” on the Dopey Podcast. (Lange says he was making $4 million a year
when he was on Stern.)
But Lange had a long history of addiction, and a number of arrests under his
belt as well. Among the substances, Lange has abused are alcohol, cocaine,
heroin, and he also blew a ton of money on gambling. This of course only
scratches the surface, and to go through all of Artie’s issues and near death
experiences would turn into a book, not a blog. (In fact, Lange has written
several books where he wrote about his addictions and mental health issues
with brutal honesty.)

“A Son-And-Dad Kind of Thing”

Sadly, many who suffer from addiction destroy themselves because they
don’t feel they deserve what they have. “I was on the show for over eight
years, but towards the end, I was a complete addict,” Lange says.
Lange confesses that he and Stern had “a son-and-dad kind of thing”
between them, and it was painful for the famed shock jock to see Lange
destroying himself. “Howard did not understand addiction,” Lange says. “He
didn’t know the extent of it. There’s no way he could’ve.”
While Lange’s current feelings toward Stern are complicated, Stern did try
to help Lange as much as he could. He hooked the comedian up with a therapist, got him into a rehab center, and gave him extended time to get well away from the show.

Can Lange Pull Himself Out of His Downward Spiral?

Yet during the Dopey podcast, Lange made some ominous comments about
his efforts towards sobriety. As The Fix reports, “Lange indicated that
Stern’s efforts” to help him “were as generous as they were futile. Lange
was straightforward and serious about the reality of his addictions, admitting
that he might soon relapse and never find long-term sobriety.”
Lange’s downward spiral has been especially painful to watch, and many are
still hoping he will eventually pull his life together. There is always the hope
that Lange will one day see the light, get help and not wind up a cautionary
tale.

He certainly has many in his corner rooting for him. Earlier this year, Mandy
Stadtmiller wrote in The Daily Beast, “It’s hard being friends with the
notoriously demon-plagued comedian Artie Lange – which, full disclosure, I
am. This is no way objective. I truly want the guy to live.” Many others want
to see him live as well.