Crash and Burn

Crash and Burn

Book - 2013
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Veteran comedian and radio personality Artie Lange turns an unflinching eye and his signature wit on his perilous descent into drug addiction, life-threatening depression, and ultimately, his recovery, in the follow-up to his hilariously raw debut, #1 New York Times bestseller Too Fat to Fish .

At a high point in his career, Artie Lange played a sold-out show in Carnegie Hall and totally killed-yet during his standing ovation, all he could think of were the two bags of heroin in his pocket. In the midst of a deep, self-destructive depression, addicted to heroin and prescription drugs, he lashed out at everyone around him- from his fellow cast members on The Howard Stern Show , to celebrity guests, his longtime friends, and even his own family.

By turns dark and disturbing, hilarious and heartbreaking, and always drop-dead honest, Crash and Burn lifts the curtain on Artie's dangerous slide, and offers a new, crystal-clear window into the mind of the addict. For the first time, Artie reveals all: the full truth behind his now legendary Stern Show meltdown, his suicide attempt (which he relates in terrifying detail), surprising stints in rehab, and painful relapses. With the help and support of friends and family, Artie claws his way back, turning his life and career around. And despite his slipups, backslides, and permanent losses, Artie forges on.

With Crash and Burn , Artie Lange goes all-in, confessing a story that is as shocking as it is funny, ever tempered by his characteristic humor, self-awareness, and inimitable way with words.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed. --
ISBN: 9781476765112
Branch Call Number: 792.7028092 Lange
Characteristics: xiii, 302 p.
Additional Contributors: Bozza, Anthony


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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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