Artie Lange's appearance with Chris Russo on Mad Dog Unleashed yesterday was very informative on different levels. I'm sure Chris was asked(or forced) to have Artie on, since he is a staple of Sirius XM's flagship show, Howard Stern. Chris was up to the task, although he was none too happy about Lange's performance on HBO. He told Artie that he wasn't funny with Joe Buck. Artie came back with "you don't know a fucking thing about comedy."
This spot was so entertaining because hearing Artie Lange fire f-bomb after f-bomb at the prudish Russo was amusing. Chris, for his part, never cursed. But he stood in there amongst comments like, "how's that motherfucker!?" and argued with Lange about the necessity of the language on HBO. Russo didn't win this argument in the long run, but he did expose Lange as an overeager opportunist. And Lange for his part contradicted himself at times. But Lange got to the heart of Russo's naivete. Whether it's the clean language or the fact that he doesn't understand the handshakes in showbusiness, Russo is in essence a child. He will always be that enthusiastic kid that loves sports and gets excited by it.
Artie Lange did compare himself to Lenny Bruce, which is fair. It is surprising to see all this hubbub about his off-color appearance on Buck's show. Maybe he was funny, maybe he wasn't. But why are people put off by this stuff? It's nothing that hasn't been said before.
At any rate, enjoy the interview. I was a little late in hitting record, so you miss the first few minutes of the interview. But you get the picture.
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