Crash and Burn

Crash and Burn

Book - 2013
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In this follow-up to his memoir Too fat to fish, the comedian and radio personality focuses on his drug addiction and life-threatening depression.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476765112
1476765111
Branch Call Number: 92 L2601c 2013
Characteristics: xiii, 302 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Bozza, Anthony

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smichal
Jan 07, 2014

This book is even more depressing than Too Fat to Fish. I liked Artie as a sidekick on Howard Stern's Sirius show, until it became really obvious that he was totally out of it, absent, sleeping on the job, fighting, lying, etc. Like a lot of fans, I was mad that Howard never let Artie return to the show or gave any updates on his condition. It was a total cone of silence, and they were too cheap to replace him with anybody, which worsened the show's death spiral. So that is why I wanted to read this book, to know what happened.

Claiming that the suicide attempt was not a suicide attempt is ridiculous. Nobody drinks bleach and stabs themselves 9 times "just to get some sleep" because they are out of drugs and alcohol because they just used them all up. Artie is still lying like crazy and he is still on drugs to this day. If anybody has ever watched the clips on youtube of the Nick & Artie show or the Artie Lange show, you can see that he is still dozing off during the show, and really itchy (another symptom of heroin use) and really fat and unshaved.

Lastly, Artie seems really mean spirited. Women don't like being called broads or whores. He tends to show off about how much money he makes or spends on different things. This alienates the general public. He thinks he is a really funny professional comedian. I've never found his standup to be funny.

The only good parts were the stories about Greg Giraldo and Mitch Hedberg. RIP.

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