Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Nick And Artie Show

My new author photograph did not turn out well
Who doesn't love Artie Lange? He was the best thing about the Howard Stern Show, Mad TV and The Norm Show and his book Too Fat To Fish was funny and surprisingly poignant. Artie's story about scoring cocaine while dressed as a pig is one of the most hilarious - and disgusting - anecdotes you'll ever hear. His well known gambling, alcohol and heroin addictions led to a suicide attempt and a period in the psych ward, which he talked about on Letterman last week .
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His new radio programme which runs from 10pm - 1 am Eastern Time is a sports talk call-in show. Artie is quick witted and funny and he knows his baseball and a little bit about football and basketball. He's got a lot of stories about sports and even more about gambling on sports. His partner on air is Nick DiPaolo who I know only from an episode of Louie where he talked about his hatred of Barack Obama. DiPaolo is not as witty as Artie and his on air persona is not very attractive: an old school borderline racist Italian American who thinks political correctness is ruining the country. This is some tired schtick and although it might appeal to the geriatric Fox News or Limbaugh crowd its not really Artie Lange's audience. When he's on a roll DiPaolo sounds like Junior Soprano on a bad morning which is odd because it says on Wikipedia that he grew up in Danvers, Mass and went to the University of Maine. Hmmm. But like I say this is only his on air persona. I want this show to do well so maybe DiPaolo could tone down the pseudo Jersey Shore mook and, you know, let Artie be Artie. . . 
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One very good thing about the show is that all the episodes are available commercial free on iTunes, something the Stern show never did for its loyal fans.