Comedian Artie Lange returned to radio for one night with fellow comedian Nick DiPaolo on Fox Sports Radio’s Tony Bruno show on Wednesday. It was the first radio appearance since he attempted suicide a year and a half ago. He was a sidekick to Howard Stern on his radio show talking of tales of wild partying and drunk antics.
However, after the attempt on his life, he has not been heard on the show or radio at all until now. DiPaolo was filling in for the regular host, Tony Bruno. Lange said he’s been sobering up at rehab in West Palm Beach.
Lange also expressed wanting to return to the Stern show. “That would be the greatest thing ever. I was on the greatest show of all time for about nine years, and I put them in a very awkward situation, to say the least, so what am I going to do?”
“I love them all and they were great to me,” he concluded.
Shortly after Lange’s suicide attempt, Stern said on air, “We all have our demons. Artie has given this show tremendous moments of great comedy. He’s a tremendous contributor. He is a good man. Don’t forget how great he is.”
Lange is most notable for replacing Jackie Martling on The Howard Stern Show, and for being an original cast member of the sketch comedy series MADtv. Lange co-wrote a book with Anthony Bozza titled Too Fat to Fish. It was released on November 11, 2008, and debuted at number one on the New York Times best-seller list on November 21, 2008.
On January 2, 2010, Lange attempted suicide by repeatedly stabbing himself in the abdomen with a 13-inch kitchen knife. He was found on the floor of his home by his mother and taken to Jersey City Medical Center, where he underwent surgery. Lange was released the following week. Sirius stated that Lange would be welcomed back onto The Howard Stern Show following his recovery. Lange returned to the comedy stage for the first time on September 27, eight months after his suicide attempt, performing two nights at Comedy Cellar in New York. He mentioned being in a psychiatric ward for 8 months since the incident.