By Ellie Schoeffel
Fear not: That sound of people yelling “Waaaahhhhhh!” is just the rallying cry of fans flocking to see crybaby-mocking comic Artie Lange, whose stand-up act hits The Space at Westbury on Saturday.
The New Jersey native who got his start on Mad TV in the 1990s is best known for his time on The Howard Stern Show, in addition to the dozens of TV shows and movies in which he’s starred or made cameos over the past two decades, including Elf, Old School, Mystery Men and Dirty Work.
“Artie is going to do whatever Artie wants to do,” as he is fond of saying.
His show is coming to town in advance of the release of his third book and the debut of a new comedy series that he’ll appear in on HBO called Crashing.
Beginning his career in New York City comedy clubs, Lange performed and wrote for sketch comedy groups including Midnight Madness and Live on Tape. After he made it big, he produced and starred in his own film, Artie Lange’s Beer League. Besides his host of TV and film credits, Lange has authored best-selling books Too Fat To Fish and Crash and Burn, which led to his Comedy Central special The Stench of Failure.
The sometimes-beleaguered funnyman has spoken openly about his struggles with substance abuse, a suicide attempt and conflicts with Howard Stern, all of which he incorporates into his what-the-hell honest comedy. Between gigs, he can be heard regularly on The Artie Quitter Podcast as he continues his path to success, leaving audiences in stitches in his wake.