Too Fat to Fish

Too Fat to Fish

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Too Fat to Fish by Artie Lange, Anthony Bozza

Outrageous, raw, and painfully funny true stories straight from the life of the actor, comedian, and much-loved cast member of The Howard Stern Show—with a foreword by Howard Stern.

When Artie Lange joined the permanent cast of The Howard Stern Show in 2001, it was possibly the greatest thing ever to happen in the Stern universe, second only to the show’s move to the wild, uncensored frontier of satellite radio. Lange provided what Stern had yet to find all in the same place: a wit quick enough to keep pace with his own, a pathetic self-image to dwarf his own, a personal history both heartbreaking and hilarious, and an ingrained sense of self-sabotage that continually keeps things interesting.

A natural storyteller with a bottomless pit of material, Lange grew up in a close-knit, working-class Italian family in Union, New Jersey, a maniacal Yankees fan who pursued the two things his father said he was cut out for—sports and comedy. Tragically, Artie Lange Sr. never saw the truth in that prediction: He became a quadriplegic in an accident when Artie was eighteen and died soon after. But as with every trial in his life, from his drug addiction to his obesity to his fights with his mother, Artie mines the humor, pathos, and humanity in these events and turns them into comedy classics.

True fans of the Stern Show will find Artie gold in these pages: hilarious tales that couldn’t have happened to anyone else. There are stories from his days driving a Jersey cab, working as a longshoreman in Port Newark, and navigating the dark circuit of stand-up comedy. There are outrageous episodes from the frenzied heights of his coked-up days at MADtv, surprisingly moving stories from his childhood, and an account of his recent U.S.O. tour that is equally stirring and irreverent. But also in this volume are stories Artie’s never told before, including some that he deemed too revealing for radio.

Wild, shocking, and drop-dead hilarious, Too Fat to Fish is Artie Lange giving everything he’s got to give. And like a true pro, the man never disappoints.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385526579
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/02/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 471,104
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Artie Lange is a comedian, actor, and cast member of The Howard Stern Show. He lives in New Jersey.

Anthony Bozza is a former Rolling Stone staff writer and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Whatever You Say I Am: the Life and Times of Eminem, Tommyland with Tommy Lee, and Slash with Slash.

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Too Fat to Fish 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 138 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Artie on the Howard Stern Show. I think he is an amazing comedian. So I bought the book expecting to laugh my ass off, instead I cried. The book shows a great insight into Artie's life. Yes, he did tell most of the stories on the Howard Stern Show, but on the show they came off as mostly funny, Howard's making jokes and Fred's playing sad music. The book shows the stories in a truer context. At times Artie bares his soul to the readers. I think this is one of the most revealing book I've read. If you are a fan of Artie, this is a must read book.
TonyAM More than 1 year ago
One of the funniest and honest autobiographies I've read in a long time. Artie Lange is a true talent and has demonstrated this not only through his comedy but his ability to tell a great story in a written form. Each page I read created a realistic image in my mind.
Hope Artie musters up the courage to do this all over again...
hound48 More than 1 year ago
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be completely disgusted by the endearing story of the obese, drug addled comedian who did everything he could to throw it all away, but made it anyway!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love you Artie and I loved the book. So real and absorbing. I cant wait for the next book.
Van_Smack More than 1 year ago
For any Howard Stern fan especially, you know how direct Artie is. Usually with a story like this, with drugs, alcohol and depression playing such a major part, the dark parts of one's life are kept hidden, but what I admired in him was his honesty and courage in bringing it to light and examining it for what it is, many times at his own expense. I've never read anything quite so brutally frank about one's addictions before, and it was eye-opening. What appeals to most fans is the fact that he's without pretense and truly is "one of us," so there are parts of his story that I think all can identify with. I certainly did. And, as a fan, I wish Artie the best and look forward to the second book sometime in the future.
ScoresMan23 More than 1 year ago
Tragic, emotional, and funny as hell, is Too fat to Fish! This book will make a great gift for yourself and everyone else on your list!
MC_Devildog More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of the Stern Show and Artie Lange, you will love this book. Great Job Artie!
SternFan More than 1 year ago
This biography of Artie Lange was both funny and sad at times. He seemed to be on a road to obscurity with the drugs and fast life. Luckily, with the help of his family and friends especially from the Howard Stern Show, he seems to be rehabbing himself. Hopefully, he will give up his addictions and have a normal, healthy life.
mattthemagnificant More than 1 year ago
If you are a true Artie fan and you don't like this book, then you're the loser not him. This man spills his guts and talks about every thing he's ever done wrong and regretted. Some people call him a loser because he has more guts then they ever will. It's easy to cast the first stone, but it takes more courage to face the stoners and admit to your mistakes. In this book Artie does that. He blames himself, and only himself. This book is an amazing read for fans. But if you're an jerkoff you won't like it.
mommamia88 More than 1 year ago
Bought it for my husband. He likes it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very fast read. I enjoy listening to Artie on the Howard Stern show. I knew that he has even recently been going through some struggles. The story is gripping and very touching in many ways. It opened my eyes to a life very different from my own.
jerb More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Artie or The Howard Stern show, this is a great read. Even if you're just looking for some humor, get the book.
ritapat More than 1 year ago
While many of the stories told in this book have been heard on the Howard Stern Show, the raw emotion and the feelings are intense when you read the book. Laughter, sadness, hapiness. Highly recommend.
JennGrrl More than 1 year ago
This is another of my book recommendations. Too Fat To Fish by Artie Lange with Anthony Bozza First of all, I love Howard Stern. Artie is on the Howard Stern Show, which is how I discovered him. He's in the movie Dirty Work and was on MadTV, and I had seen him in those, but never thought about who he was. Anyway, I'm keeping this book to undoubtedly read again. Artie has issues. Lots of issues. He's an addict, he has some commitment problems, relationships are definite issues, etc. He's so amazingly honest about all of this, though, which I love. You really get to see the true grit of it all. Probably the coolest part of the book are the stories about his relationship with his father. Some of the stories reminded me of my father, but you'll definitely get a great laugh from some of them. Read it, read it, read it. I would tell some stories here, but I don't want to ruin Artie's stories. He tells them too well for me to repeat them appropriately. Oh, and you don't need to love the Howard Stern Show to love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very funny. A book worth reading.
Shabba More than 1 year ago
If you love The Artie-meister, this is a the book for you. If you love drug addled, hooker buying, temper blowing sidekicks, then you will love Artie's book. Way better than Robin's book and almost as good as Howard's, Artie is sooooo worth a look.
Jeff_VB More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this boof for Howard Stern show fans, and more so, Artie Lange fans (yes, there are some out there!). This is a more in depth and candid side of Artie that you knew was always there - just hidden behind the drugs and booze! The book is great - all of the stories provide some details that had not been divulged before, and contains quite a few stories that have not been heard on the Stern show.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Artie Lange and Howard Stern fan, so it was easy for me to get into this book. My wife, not really an Artie fan, read this book and loved it. I think it's incredibly sad and funny, often at the same time. I think most people can relate in one way or another to Artie, and it makes his successes and problems all the more real.

I would recommend this book to anyone, even they have no interest/knowledge of Artie Lange.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Artie is quite the character. His life has many ups and downs. The chapter about his dad is great. Good book-goes by quick.
nobodyputsbabyinthecorner More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down. Funny & sad, an easy read.
Mojobass More than 1 year ago
He could have named this book 101 things not to do during your lifetime. Artie is a comedian, and like most comedians, he has many stories of his short-comings. Artie has been kicked off of MadTv for cocaine use. That story was a memorable moment on the Howard Stern show, that caught Howard's attention, and kept Artie on Howard's mind when Jackie "the jokeman" Martling quit the show. Artie has told many of these stories on the Stern show, where I originally heard them, yet I still had one hell of a time reading this book. Not for the weak stomached or anyone strongly against the success of a drug addict, but a great read otherwise. In my opinion, this is the greatest storied autobiography I have ever read and cannot wait for its sequel. I also root for Artie to keep himself clean, and keep delivering laughs to me day in and out on the Howard Stern show every morning on Sirius satellite radio channel 100.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daily Howard Stern listeners already know more about Artie than the average Artie fan, so this is a chance to go deeper, and really understand why he's the way he is. I'm amazed at the way he completely opened himself up to the world; anybody who wants to know all about him, here it is...literally in black and white. Totally absorbing, funny, tragic, and sad all at the same time.
kingsmo More than 1 year ago
Artie Lange does not disappoint. This is an excellent read with great stories and a truly touching side of Artie that doesn't always come out on the Stern Show. He gives us a unique look into the relationship he had with his father and how important his family is to his success. Yes, some of the stories in this book have already been shared on the Stern Show but they are classic laugh out loud experiences that are worth reading again. You don't have to be a Lange fan to enjoy this read. It is a classic rags to riches story that will make you cry from laughter and shed a few tears from heartfelt emotion. He writes this applying his creative wit and makes you feel like the average Joe while reading it. Worth an investment without a doubt. While I am a Lange fan I was prepared to be let down after reading this book but am happy to say that I was not. There are some shocking revelations that open some fascinating windows into a man that so many of us have grown to love over the years as a comedian and great entertainer. I highly recommend!
harrism0610 More than 1 year ago
If you know Artie you know alot of his stories but there are alot of things about Artie that I didn't know that are in the book. I just started reading the book and I feel that it is a book that keeps you interested and hard to put down. So far I think it is well written and I can't wait to read the rest of it.
pittsburghblonde More than 1 year ago
I laughed, I cried. I felt for this gentlemen! I am so happy to have come across a book like this