Artie Lange – Too Fat To Fish (Spiegel & Grau)

Artie Lange – Too Fat To Fish (Spiegel & Grau)
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3 1/2 stars (out of 4)

Comedian Artie Lange is a born story teller. For the past seven years Lange has told many of them, some good, some bad, but all of them funny in some way, shape or form in-depth on The Howard Stern Show and in his stage act.

Whether admitting to a threesome he had at a party in Los Angeles during his days on MadTV, or the time he picked up cocaine while in makeup as a pig lifeguard for the same show, or stories on his several addictions (cocaine, heroin, alcohol, gambling) and the hilarious and oftentimes harrowing results, or the time when he was just a little kid and his father used young Artie in order to meet Frankie Vali, Lange manages to ring out the pathos in every story, touching on a wide range of emotions in the process.

So when Spiegel & Grau approached Lange with a book offer it seemed a no-brainer for him to do so. And with Anthony Bozza at his side Lange has authored a real page turner here with Too Fat To Fish (the title is itself a chapter involving something Lange’s mother said to him), a chronological, but not fully-realized autobiography, hitting on some major chapters in his life.

Lange digs up a lot of emotion throughout, especially in the chapters involving his father’s paralysis, his addictions and the depths that they took him (particularly a startling revelation that before this book only a select few knew about), as well as his recent trip to Afghanistan as part of Operation: Mirth where he performed for troops in areas that no celebrity had dared go to before along with other comedians and Stern show producer Gary Dell’Abate.

For fans of Lange this is going to be a real treat of a read. All the way through it is a very funny read and it gives a lot of perspective on why he is the way he is. For Stern fans there is an extra treat as Stern (an acclaimed author in his own right) himself wrote the book’s foreword. What’s fantastic is that, despite being extremely funny, Stern’s foreword in no way overshadows the rest of Lange’s Too Fat To Fish, which I’ll definitely be reading again and again.

Artie Lange’s Too Fat To Fish is in-stores tomorrow, November 11th.

Artie Lange begins his book tour tomorrow, November 11th, in New York City. Full dates below.

Barnes & Noble
555 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10017
212-697-3048
11/11/2008
Noon

Barnes & Noble
395 Route 3 East
Clifton, NJ 07014
973-779-5500
11/12/2008
6 pm

Barnes & Noble
189 Grove Drive Ste K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-525-0270
11/15/2008
2 pm

Borders Books
1260 Old Country Road
Westbury, NY 11590
516-683-8700
11/18/2008
7 pm

Bookends
232 E. Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-445-0726
11/19/2008
6 pm

Borders Books
511 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
617.236.1444
11/22/2008
2 pm

Barnes & Noble
1805 Walnut Street Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-665-0716
11/25/2008
7 pm

Barnes & Noble
600 Smith Haven Mall
Lake Grove, NY 11755
12/3/2008
7 pm

Barnes & Noble
601 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-385-1709
12/11/2008
7 pm

Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134
305-442-4408
1/15/2009
8 pm

Official Artie Lange Website
Official Artie Lange Too Fat To Fish Website
Order Artie Lange Too Fat To Fish on Amazon.com
Read Rock & Roll Ghost’s recent interview with Artie Lange HERE (and check back for a new interview soon!)

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