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(LA Times)   Post-suicidal Artie Lange would love to return to The Howard Stern Show but it's "an awkward situation." Anything else, Robin?   (latimesblogs.latimes.com ) divider line
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2011-07-10 11:51:58 PM  
the Stern show needs Artie as much as he needs them.
 
2011-07-11 12:11:03 AM  
I lost interest in the Stern show after Artie left. Good luck trying to cancel your Sirius XM subscription, though.

They gave me a free year just because I'd call every 3 months to cancel, and they'd counter with three months free. Rinse and repeat. Finally I just quit driving.
 
2011-07-11 12:12:26 AM  
My first thought was "Howard doesn't want a zombie on the program".

Isn't there a better term for "people who wanted to kill themselves, but decided against it"?
 
2011-07-11 12:15:25 AM  
I miss Artie.

The show is still pretty good without him. With Artie the show was awesome.
 
2011-07-11 12:17:25 AM  
Funny thing is, I always thought it was stupid made-up radio drama when Artie would flip out. The one time he freaked out on Howard because he called him "bro" comes to mine. "YOU'RE NOT MY BRO, BRO!"

Although if you're a heroin addict and you have to be up at 5 AM a whole four days a week to sleep in front of a microphone, I can see how it would get stressful.
 
2011-07-11 12:34:11 AM  
I like Artie, but I doubt Howard needs the headache and bad publicity in bringing back and enabling a known junkie who is still liable to commit suicide.
 
2011-07-11 12:48:00 AM  
Also, I really related to Artie back in those days from like 2005-09. I have my addictions, and I was fired in rather spectacular fashion many times during that time, and a lot of it involved the same cold sweaty shakes and horrible vomiting that Baba Booey would laugh at when he left his voice mails.

So yeah
 
2011-07-11 02:10:44 AM  
I've alwaysed like Artie- back from his MAD days! Loved him Stern, so much better than Jackie. I hope hes got his demons leashed now. Hate to see him Belushi himself.
 
2011-07-11 05:38:29 AM  
Howard Stern is still on the air?
 
2011-07-11 05:54:52 AM  

cretinbob: Howard Stern is still on the air?


Wow It only took nine comments for the standard comment we've seen in every single Howard Stern thread since 2000. Clever!

Next up: Howard Stern is still relevant?

Clever!
 
2011-07-11 05:56:27 AM  

Confabulat: cretinbob: Howard Stern is still on the air?

Wow It only took nine comments for the standard comment we've seen in every single Howard Stern thread since 2000. Clever!

Next up: Howard Stern is still relevant?

Clever!


Followed by "Hoo Hoo, Robin, I invented __________________"

Paint by numbers threads.
 
2011-07-11 06:05:29 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Confabulat: cretinbob: Howard Stern is still on the air?

Wow It only took nine comments for the standard comment we've seen in every single Howard Stern thread since 2000. Clever!

Next up: Howard Stern is still relevant?

Clever!

Followed by "Hoo Hoo, Robin, I invented __________________"

Paint by numbers threads.


Someone will be along shortly to tell us how Opie & Anthony are totally the future of AM radio.
 
2011-07-11 06:24:42 AM  
How can you be a heroin addict and still be morbidly obese? It doesn't add up!
 
2011-07-11 06:25:20 AM  
The show definitely hasn't been the same without Artie. One of my favorite shows is still the one where the porn starlet came in to promote her banging like 50 or 100 old men, something like that, and went on to talk about how much she enjoyed being urinated on, etc. ... pretty much all the most vile things you can think of. But when Artie offered her a Ding Dong and turned it into a joke about her African-American boyfriend, saying she should be used to chocolate things with white cream coming out of them, she got all weepy and offended. Really?? This is what sets you off? You get whizzed on by strangers on a daily basis, and an off-color joke gets you all bent out of shape? It went on from there ... Howard sent Artie out of the studio for making her cry, only to have him call in with a bad urban accent, trying to impersonate her boyfriend but instead she thinks its some porn producer, telling her not to come home "without those ribs".

/F Timmy
 
2011-07-11 06:46:36 AM  

Confabulat: FirstNationalBastard: Confabulat: cretinbob: Howard Stern is still on the air?

Wow It only took nine comments for the standard comment we've seen in every single Howard Stern thread since 2000. Clever!

Next up: Howard Stern is still relevant?

Clever!

Followed by "Hoo Hoo, Robin, I invented __________________"

Paint by numbers threads.

Someone will be along shortly to tell us how Opie & Anthony are totally the future of AM radio.


Tell 'em, Fred!

/Who's High Pitch?
//I am torry
///zero...point...zero
////I'm club effen footed, you a-wipe!
 
2011-07-11 06:56:08 AM  
One thing Artie was fabulous at was creating something to fill the downtime ... and there's a lot of downtime now. If Stern cared about the show, which he clearly doesn't anymore thanks to the contract dispute, then he'd have Artie's ass in that chair as soon as Artie stopped plunging the knife into his stomach.
 
2011-07-11 07:15:41 AM  
Bring Back Jackie! Yeah!!!
 
2011-07-11 07:20:35 AM  
Stern doesn't even try anymore. It's the same recycled stuff over and over again. He doesn't even try to hide his disain for his job anymore.
 
2011-07-11 07:39:19 AM  
The show would be so much better if they replaced Howard with David Lee Roth
 
2011-07-11 07:44:06 AM  
Im not a huge listener, but I always had a hard time understanding exactly what Artie was supposed to add to the show. He was never funny, or insightful.
 
2011-07-11 07:51:24 AM  
cretinbob : Howard Stern is still on the air?

suvudu.com
Stern..............is ALIVE?
 
2011-07-11 08:26:08 AM  
Fark Artie. I hope Howard never let's him return. Howard gave him every opportunity to get his shiat together and Artie spit in Howards face. The show is much better without him and his self centered attitude. He's not funny anymore. He's just a sad attention whore.
 
2011-07-11 08:33:51 AM  
Not to play armchair psychologist here, (but then again, why not, it's Fark, who cares), but I wondered for a long time why Artie would try to kill himself by stabbing himself over and over in his stomach. No one does that, that's nuts!

But then if you look at pictures of him from years ago (like the one in the article) and you realize he was always a pretty fit guy most of his life until he turned into that giant fat slob. And then there was the time Howard set up a "hot girls who dig fat guys" bit without Artie knowing, and he totally freaked out and stormed out of the studio.

My guess is Artie was trying to kill his fat. I think it upsets him.
 
2011-07-11 08:40:55 AM  

Gunderson: The show would be so much better if they replaced Howard with David Lee Roth


wtfcontent.com
 
2011-07-11 09:10:33 AM  
Not to play armchair psychologist here, (but then again, why not, it's Fark, who cares), but I wondered for a long time why Artie would try to kill himself by stabbing himself over and over in his stomach. No one does that, that's nuts!

But then if you look at pictures of him from years ago (like the one in the article) and you realize he was always a pretty fit guy most of his life until he turned into that giant fat slob. And then there was the time Howard set up a "hot girls who dig fat guys" bit without Artie knowing, and he totally freaked out and stormed out of the studio.

My guess is Artie was trying to kill his fat. I think it upsets him.


I really do miss Artie on the show. It just felt like Howard was enjoying his work more when Artie would make him genuinely laugh. He brought areal interesting chemistry to the show b/c he did break balls like Jackie used to, but there was such a blue collar worker style to it. I still listen via replay, and the show has had it's good moments, but they are far and few between. Mostly it's Howard saying "f*#@k this company". 20 years ago, fighting against the establishment and your program directors made for good radio....when you are pushing 60 years old and do it now, it just sounds like "get off my lawn"-talk. If Artie couldn't come back, I think Jim Breuer would be a great fit for the show, manly because Howard genuinely finds him funny, like Artie.

Armchair Psyche Doctor moment - Artie's problems stem from this trauma he has and guilt he's built up for his dad falling off a ladder, and living paralyzed for 4 years. He blames himself because he was off in college when he felt had he been a deadbeat at 18 and stayed home, he'd have been there to save his dad. That has created this little demon he lives with, and that's what fuels his booze and drug rampage. Of course, the struggle to balance his drug habit with his busy work schedule (yes, I know he doesn't shovel sh#t, but work is still work), he reaches a breaking point, and just says "F- it all."

I'm not expecting Howard to welcome back Artie with open arms, hell I think Artie still has tons of work to do with his personal demons before he can do something like that gig again, but I do want Howard to let Artie come back on the air for a visit, to go over his feelings and talk about it all. It's the drama Howard loves to exploit, and the fans will finally hear Artie's side of it.
 
2011-07-11 09:27:53 AM  
I would like to see Artie back, but even if that is not feasible, they simply have to get someone to fill the Artie chair. Since the show moved to satellite it's become less about well constructed, tight bits inbetween commercial breaks and more about free flowing conversation where people talk about their day to day lives ... which is fine, except for Robin and Howard have nothing to talk about. Howard has the most boring life any multi-multi-millionaire could possibly have, mostly laying around in his ivory tower of neurosis watching bad reality TV, while Robin chases around the latest insipid NYC Socialite fad/gimmick du jour that is no way interesting to the average listener who can't possibly relate to her lifestyle.
 
2011-07-11 09:37:11 AM  

Confabulat: cretinbob: Howard Stern is still on the air?

Wow It only took nine comments for the standard comment we've seen in every single Howard Stern thread since 2000. Clever!

Next up: Howard Stern is still relevant?

Clever!


He's not relevant anymore. He's as controversial as a rated R movie on HBO.
 
2011-07-11 09:38:18 AM  
those first 3 months wirthout artie last year were miserable. howard talked about american idol and leno CONSTANTLY. FOR THREE MONTHS.

then he did a song parody about the letterman sex scandal six months after the fact. at some point after that he got his shiat together and they started on a little roll, but those 3 months after artie were painful.

I want artie back. I hope he's well.
 
2011-07-11 09:39:26 AM  

turdsandwich08: I really do miss Artie on the show. It just felt like Howard was enjoying his work more when Artie would make him genuinely laugh. He brought areal interesting chemistry to the show b/c he did break balls like Jackie used to, but there was such a blue collar worker style to it. I still listen via replay, and the show has had it's good moments, but they are far and few between. Mostly it's Howard saying "f*#@k this company". 20 years ago, fighting against the establishment and your program directors made for good radio....when you are pushing 60 years old and do it now, it just sounds like "get off my lawn"-talk. If Artie couldn't come back, I think Jim Breuer would be a great fit for the show, manly because Howard genuinely finds him funny, like Artie.

Armchair Psyche Doctor moment - Artie's problems stem from this trauma he has and guilt he's built up for his dad falling off a ladder, and living paralyzed for 4 years. He blames himself because he was off in college when he felt had he been a deadbeat at 18 and stayed home, he'd have been there to save his dad. That has created this little demon he lives with, and that's what fuels his booze and drug rampage. Of course, the struggle to balance his drug habit with his busy work schedule (yes, I know he doesn't shovel sh#t, but work is still work), he reaches a breaking point, and just says "F- it all."

I'm not expecting Howard to welcome back Artie with open arms, hell I think Artie still has tons of work to do with his personal demons before he can do something like that gig again, but I do want Howard to let Artie come back on the air for a visit, to go over his feelings and talk about it all. It's the drama Howard loves to exploit, and the fans will finally hear Artie's side of it.


Yep.

InmanRoshi: I would like to see Artie back, but even if that is not feasible, they simply have to get someone to fill the Artie chair. Since the show moved to satellite it's become less about well constructed, tight bits inbetween commercial breaks and more about free flowing conversation where people talk about their day to day lives ... which is fine, except for Robin and Howard have nothing to talk about. Howard has the most boring life any multi-multi-millionaire could possibly have, mostly laying around in his ivory tower of neurosis watching bad reality TV, while Robin chases around the latest insipid NYC Socialite fad/gimmick du jour that is no way interesting to the average listener who can't possibly relate to her lifestyle.


Oh yeah. Sometimes Howard gets into a sci-fi show or something and rambles about it endlessly like he did Battlestar Galactica. I'm cool with that.
 
2011-07-11 09:42:12 AM  
I invented that, hoo hoo hoo.

The show isn't the same without Artie.

/F Jackie
 
2011-07-11 10:31:18 AM  
img.fannation.com

"Hoo Hooooo!!!" **wheeze** **gaffaw**

^Best days: pre-Private Parts (book) with Jackie & Billy West.

YouTube search "Stern Jackie" or "Stern Billy West" for some awesome memory lane bits
 
2011-07-11 10:42:29 AM  
blogs.riverfronttimes.com

Don't make me break my foot off in yo ass!
 
2011-07-11 10:47:35 AM  
I liked Howard's books more than his show.
 
2011-07-11 10:55:32 AM  
Confabulat: cretinbob: Howard Stern is still on the air?

Wow It only took nine comments for the standard comment we've seen in every single Howard Stern thread since 2000. Clever!

Next up: Howard Stern is still relevant?

Clever!

When Stern is only schedule to do 6 shows in a month there is reason for the comments.
 
2011-07-11 11:10:27 AM  
When Stern is only schedule to do 6 shows in a month there is reason for the comments.

Not really. You have many options for your entertainment. If someone bought their S/XM solely for Stern, then they need to weight the cost versus the value of the content. If it's worthwhile to spend $13 a month (is it still $13? as of Monday morning?)

Yeah, I find it stupid when Stern argues with Sirius customers saying his showing shouldn't have been the only reason to purchase the subscription, yet claim conspiracy when they don't pay out his stock bonus and use his show as the sole reason they meet their subscriber quota.

And yeah, he complains about everyone stealing his ideas (some valid, some nonsensical), but he's a cranky old Jewish man, what did you expect?

/That's racist, but f*$#k if i care
//Baba Booey
 
2011-07-11 11:15:13 AM  
When Artie was relatively sober, he was great. Here he is with Courtney Love:

Link (new window)
 
2011-07-11 11:19:06 AM  

MtnByker: When Stern is only schedule to do 6 shows in a month there is reason for the comments.

This, been listening to the show for a bit, but the amount of biatching Howard does against Sirius/XM after he got himself a cushy 3 day work week, working 6 days in July, and STILL suing the company for more cash is just baffling...

/Oh well, been making the switch to O&A only in the past few weeks anyways, Howard is stale...

 
2011-07-11 11:21:41 AM  
One of my favorite clips. This one and the Chaz Bono (search youtube) are classic. I love it b/c Artie loses it, can't help it, and Howard never can control his laughter when Artie loses it.

Link (NSFW)

Since he's a big sports guy, don't be surprised if he pops up on a radio show in NY doing a regular sports talk gig.
 
2011-07-11 11:33:26 AM  

drkats: When Artie was relatively sober, he was great. Here he is with Courtney Love:

Link (new window)


Thanks!
 
2011-07-11 11:49:22 AM  
I barely listen anymore, not that Artie is out. They guy was a pile of contradictions that made him so interesting. My favorite story of his was of the bookie on ash Wednesday: Link (new window)
 
2011-07-11 11:58:47 AM  

Darth_Lukecash: I've alwaysed like Artie- back from his MAD days! Loved him Stern, so much better than Jackie. I hope hes got his demons leashed now. Hate to see him Belushi himself.


You can't really compare Jackie and Artie fairly. A big part of Jackie's job was to pass Stern jokes. Artie just told the jokes himself. That's one of the big reasons Jackie was always annoyed at being belittled by Stern, because Stern wasn't acknowledging that some of his best lines were written by Jackie on the fly.
 
2011-07-11 12:18:52 PM  

SharkTrager: You can't really compare Jackie and Artie fairly. A big part of Jackie's job was to pass Stern jokes. Artie just told the jokes himself. That's one of the big reasons Jackie was always annoyed at being belittled by Stern, because Stern wasn't acknowledging that some of his best lines were written by Jackie on the fly.


Jackie would ALWAYS guffaw at his own jokes, in that old familiar Stern schtick. From what I've heard, the hours plus his ego were getting to him & he just bailed and no amount of money, less that a cool $1million, would keep him at that point. Lange was a semi-established Hollywood star & jumped at the money that Jackie turned down.

The apex of Jackie-era Stern IMHO: JUDGE CLARENCE THOMAS (new window)
 
2011-07-11 12:25:35 PM  

Confabulat: FirstNationalBastard: Confabulat: cretinbob: Howard Stern is still on the air?

Wow It only took nine comments for the standard comment we've seen in every single Howard Stern thread since 2000. Clever!

Next up: Howard Stern is still relevant?

Clever!

Followed by "Hoo Hoo, Robin, I invented __________________"

Paint by numbers threads.

Someone will be along shortly to tell us how Opie & Anthony are totally the future of AM radio.


They had their chance and blew it a few years ago when they got summarily kicked out of terrestrial radio.
 
2011-07-11 02:36:25 PM  

Youcouldntfindme: MtnByker: When Stern is only schedule to do 6 shows in a month there is reason for the comments.

This, been listening to the show for a bit, but the amount of biatching Howard does against Sirius/XM after he got himself a cushy 3 day work week, working 6 days in July, and STILL suing the company for more cash is just baffling...

/Oh well, been making the switch to O&A only in the past few weeks anyways, Howard is stale...


I'm a big O&A fan and Opie just tweeted Stern's work schedule for the rest of the year. I am surprised how little stern works. 6 days in July, 9 days in August, 12 days in September, 10 in October, 11 in November, and 6 in December. I don't care who you are, working that little in the entertainment business will make you irrelevant.
 
2011-07-11 02:38:02 PM  

Youcouldntfindme: MtnByker: When Stern is only schedule to do 6 shows in a month there is reason for the comments.

This, been listening to the show for a bit, but the amount of biatching Howard does against Sirius/XM after he got himself a cushy 3 day work week, working 6 days in July, and STILL suing the company for more cash is just baffling...

/Oh well, been making the switch to O&A only in the past few weeks anyways, Howard is stale...


THIS. After Artie left the show has gotten predictable and boring, just them going through the motions really. When my subscription was up I switched over to the wife's XM subscription and months later I'm firmly in the O&A camp, and don't miss listening to Howard at all.

/was a Stern fan for almost 20 years
 
2011-07-11 02:52:52 PM  
I tried to listen to Stern.. but he's never on the damn radio!!
That big-haired jew is alway on vacation.. wtf??
 
2011-07-11 03:18:38 PM  
It must awkward to do anything after you commit suicide.

Unless subby meant something other than what he wrote.
 
2011-07-11 03:33:25 PM  
except for Robin and Howard have nothing to talk about. Howard has the most boring life any multi-multi-millionaire could possibly have, mostly laying around in his ivory tower of neurosis watching bad reality TV, while Robin chases around the latest insipid NYC Socialite fad/gimmick du jour that is no way interesting to the average listener who can't possibly relate to her lifestyle.

I've been a Stern listener since the NBC days and I have to say unfortunately- THIS. While I love listening to all the clan's private piccidillos, Robin's incessant chasing after the next new thing to fill the hole in her life has gotten boring. The three-day-workweek, 2-week vacations every other month is also getting stale.

That being said, I still love the show and will DEFINATELY go through withdrawl when they go off the air.

CSB- Artie lives in my town and I used to see him all the time. A few years back, I found out what building he lived in. Me and my wife's 10th anniversary was coming up and we were having a party on the pier right in front of his building. I wrote a letter asking if he could maybe stop by and say hi to her as she was a huge AL fan and left it with the concierge. I promptly forgot about it. The date finally came up and my cell rings with a blocked #. I pick it up and lo and behold, it's Artie! He was filming at Silvercup that day so he couldn't make it, but he offered to call my wife and wish her a Happy Anniversary, which he did.

End CSB.
 
2011-07-11 09:58:04 PM  

MatrixOutsider: Confabulat: FirstNationalBastard: Confabulat: cretinbob: Howard Stern is still on the air?

Wow It only took nine comments for the standard comment we've seen in every single Howard Stern thread since 2000. Clever!

Next up: Howard Stern is still relevant?

Clever!

Followed by "Hoo Hoo, Robin, I invented __________________"

Paint by numbers threads.

Someone will be along shortly to tell us how Opie & Anthony are totally the future of AM radio.

They had their chance and blew it a few years ago when they got summarily kicked out of terrestrial radio.


Hoo Hoo Robin I invented suicide.
 
2011-07-12 01:55:16 AM  
Howard Stern is still on the air?
 
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