Wednesday, June 17, 2009

ARTIE LANGE WITH CHRIS RUSSO

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.
http://www.imeem.com/people/AmQTmSq/music/eaFUObLE/mad-dogwav/
Let me know if it doesn't work. If not, it is embedded on the right side of the page below contributors.

11 comments:

AwesomeSean said...

Artie Lang = Casey Kotchman; Bernard McGuirk = Albert Pujols.

'nuff said.

Brian said...

That was one of the best interviews Russo has ever done. I especially enjoyed the part where Artie said "I saw Francesa at a Knicks game; I'm surprised they didn't sell his fat ass three seats!"

Great job by gman recording this.

KBilly said...

How did Dog know that Billy Crystal didn't think Artie was funny? Does Dog know Billy Crystal?

Whatdoyouhave? said...

Wow thanks for the clip. I'm def reserved and didn't think Artie Lang thing on buck was funny but Dog sounds even more naive than me

bigjf said...

Thanks for the clip. I will give it a listen. As for arguing with Artie, you're never going to get through to him because he's not exactly the type who is open to reason. He has his own schtick, which he does well, but it's not for everybody. He fits well with the Howard Stern mold. As for comparing himself to Lenny Bruce, that's a bit delusional. Vulgar, crass, takes nothing serious...I find him funny, but he's no Lenny Bruce. Beyond Beer League and this Joe Buck aftermath (and I give Artie huge kudos for pissing all over Joe Buck, as I despise him), Artie's career has already peaked and can't be mentioned in the same breath as Bruce in his heyday.

bigjf said...

The link you posted works, but the embedded audio on this page doesn't seem to work for me.

bigjf said...

Artie is right though, he wouldn't be on with Russo if he didn't do that on Buck, and no one would be watching the replay or talking about Buck's show if Artie didn't do what he did.

bigjf said...

One more thing, since I just listened to the interview, Artie makes a lot of fun of Mike's weight. That's funny and all, but I hope Artie realizes that he's actually way fatter than Mike...

Anonymous said...

I just listened to it. That was great! Thanks for posting gman.

I really liked the part where Artie reminded Chris just how much he and Mike kissed Imus ass!!!

As a Bruce fan I also enjoyed the part when Artie said Dog was screaming as if Bruce just played Prove it all Night. Funny stuff.

I miss Dog's style and tenacity. Mikes show appears boring in comparision.

JD

Anonymous said...

Thanxs for posting that link. It wuz entertaining! Mad Dog at his best!!

gabagool said...

Who the fack is Artie Lange?

Not that bald headed fat fock is it?