Artie Lange is not shy about admitting that he has an addiction to debilitating, but sadly whenever he seems to have gotten help or had sobriety for a few weeks he falls off the wagon. That’s not a knock on Artie, but eventually his harmful vices are going to catch up with him. Thankfully for Artie, he has a supportive group of fellow stand-up comedian friends who want him to get better before it’s too late.
Stand-up standout Richard Lewis urged Artie to get help and get sober. In a tweet this week Lewis told Lange: “Artie, this is my 1000th request over decades to beg you to surrender to your addictions. When you had time clean we had the most laughs sober. I love you. You’re beloved and a magnificent comedian cursed with self-loathing and fear. Give it up and live.”
Lewis battled alcoholism for decades until he got himself sober on August 4, 1994, and even wrote a book titled The Other Great Depression, about his recovery from alcoholism.
The timing of Lewis pleading to Artie to save his own life may have something to do with the death of fellow Curb Your Enthusiasm star Bob Einstein last week.
Soon, many other comedians were begging Artie to seek help for his addiction including Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, fellow MadTV star Mo Collins, as well as Final Destination actor Devon Sawa.
Jackie Martling, who was Lange’s predecessor on The Howard Stern Show, shared his sober success story of ditching booze and drugs for 18 years this May and told Artie that he was “100% in your very crowded corner.”
At Superior Court in Newark in December, Artie tested positive for multiple drugs including cocaine, amphetamine, benzodiazepines, and Suboxone (a drug used to treat opioid addiction). Lange, who is only 51-years-old, told the judge that “heroin is out of my life” and he “wouldn’t be arrogant enough to come in here after using cocaine for two days.” Artie is currently serving four years of probation after pleading guilty to heroin possession, but the judge sparred Lange any jail time for now, but was told to get sober or face jail time.
Artie hasn’t replied to the pleas for his to get sober, but instead he does what Baby Gorilla does — tell jokes. Artie, listen to your comedian friends, get serious about your health and get help.