Artie Lange

Active - 1998 - 2017  |   Born - Oct 11, 1967 in Livingston, New Jersey, United States  |   Genres - Comedy

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Biography by Derek Armstrong

Comedian Artie Lange is best known as having informally inherited the role of the tubby, prat-falling sidekick in vehicles for Saturday Night Live alums, which was occupied by Chris Farley before his death in 1997. More restrained than Farley, but of similar build and acquaintanceship, Lange has rode his appearance and his exasperated comic deliveries to a handful of film credits and a regular gig on Howard Stern's radio show.

Born in Union, NJ, on October 11, 1967, Lange was a prankster from a young age and was held back from graduating high school with the rest of his class. Lange had the last laugh when he scored a recurring role on Fox's Mad TV from 1995 to 1997. After leaving that show, Lange began capitalizing on his friendship with SNL veteran Norm MacDonald, first appearing in MacDonald's revenge comedy Dirty Work (1998) (in which Farley also appears), then working with the comic on his ABC sitcom Norm, also known as The Norm Show. The real comparisons to Farley inevitably came when he appeared opposite David Spade, former partner of Farley, in the 1999 comedy Lost and Found, in which he was required to perform many of the indignities that Farley once performed. Lange has also popped up in such films as Mystery Men (1999) and The Bachelor (1999).

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  • Excelled in baseball during high school and was an All County third baseman.
  • Made his debut as a stand up comic in 1987.
  • Worked as a New York City taxi driver during his early stand up comedy years.
  • Headlined Operation Mirth, a comedy tour he formed to entertain American troops serving in Afghanistan.
  • His book, Too Fat to Fish, was number one on the The New York Times Bestseller list for a week and sat in the top ten for 11 weeks.