Artie Lange is an actor, radio personality and best-selling author, but first and foremost he is a comedian. The New Jersey native returned home to film his hilarious new stand-up special “Artie Lange: The Stench of Failure,” which is set to premiere on Comedy Central on Oct. 18. Fans who want a first look at the dark comedic mind of Lange can pick up a copy of the special at CC: Stand-up Direct as early as Oct. 13.
Lange has had a very public struggle with drug addiction and depression and he does not hold anything back during the special, which was filmed at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Victoria Theater. Throughout the set, Lange opens up about his time in rehab and a psych ward, telling stories about playing board games with mental patients and giving advice to a drug addled baby sitter.
This isn't the first time that Lange has shared his experiences following his 2010 suicide attempt, in which he stabbed himself in the stomach multiple times, slit his wrists and drank bleach. In his 2013 best-selling book “Crash and Burn,” Lange goes into detail about that time, including his departure from “The Howard Stern Show,” where he left radio listeners in hysterics for over eight years. Lange's willingness to be an open book is part of the reason that fans gravitate towards his unique brand of black comedy.
Lange first captured fans attention on the late-night sketch comedy show “Madtv” in the 1990s. He then landed a role as a series regular on “Norm,” Norm Macdonald's short-lived sitcom, before joining the team of “The Stern Show” in 2001. All the while, Lange never stopped performing stand-up for sold-out crowds.
Following the world premiere of “The Stench of Failure,” the special will be made available on the Comedy Central App, to fans that sign in via their cable or satellite provider, on Oct. 19. The extended and uncensored version of the special will be available for download on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Xbox Video, Sony Entertainment Network and Vudu on Oct. 21.
“Artie Lange: The Stench of Failure” is executive produced by Lange and John Irwin. In recent years, Comedy Central has aired stand-up specials from brilliant comedians including Bill Cosby, Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, Nick Kroll and many more.
Tune in to Comedy Central on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Midnight EST to see the debut of “Artie Lange: The Stench of Failure” and click here for more comedy coverage from AXS.com.