In 1987, he made his debut as a stand up comic and took up the profession full-time in the early 1990s, performing in clubs and improv shows in and around New York City.In 1995, Lange moved to Los Angeles to star in the first season of Mad TV.Some of the subplots and supporting players include Ralph Macchio as one of Artie's childhood friends who's about to get married (cue depraved bachelor party scene with lots of topless babes), Mary Birdsong from Reno 911!
In 2011, Lange completed rehabilitation and resumed his career.
He returned to stand up and co-hosted The Nick & Artie Show with Nick Di Paolo until Di Paolo's departure in 2013; the show was renamed The Artie Lange Show and lasted until 2014.
Artie's team is proud to be in the bottom ranks of their league, especially when brawls erupt at games against their slick, archrival team.
Artie and the rest of his team know these arrogant jerks in their immaculate black (of course) uniforms are unbeatable, so it's only natural that Artie thinks its easier to just beat the hell out of them.
His politically incorrect material often consists largely of observational bits and storytelling.
Lange is often compared to one of his idols, John Belushi, likely because both struggled with weight as well as drug and alcohol addiction. Barnabas to Judy, a homemaker and Arthur Sr., a general contractor. Two weeks after he was born, his father went on trial for counterfeiting. was spared jail time only by the mercy of the court.
Beer, broads and softball combine with hilarious results in ARTIE LANGE'S BEER LEAGUE, an over-the-top comedy about a group of misfits whose weekly softball games descend more into fights for macho dominance than making home runs. When love enters his life (Cara Buono), it unexpectedly alters Artie's low self-esteem; and the odds for winning—not only the league trophy but a new life—are considerably amped along with the comedy and chaos.
It's appropriate that this extravaganza of lowbrow cinema had its premiere at the 2006 Cinevegas Film Festival, because what happens in Artie Lange's Beer League should stay in Artie Lange's Beer League.
Lange was also part of the original cast member of the Fox sketch series MADtv.
Today Lange is best known as an American actor, stand-up comedian, author and radio personality, most notable for replacing Jackie Martling on The Howard Stern Show.
While in high school, Lange excelled in baseball becoming an All County third baseman.