Hoboken comedian Artie Lange got an assurance by the executive producer of HBO’s Crashing, Judd Apatow, that he will not get dropped from the series, despite the recent news that Lange had relapsed and was arrested in a drug bust with several bags of heroin and cocaine. Crashing, in which Lange plays a foul-mouthed version of himself, as a mentor to a younger comedian, Peter Holmes, was given the nod for a second season on Wednesday.
NJ.com reported about Artie Lange’s drug bust last Sunday. He sent out a poignant tweet two days later regarding news about his arrest, his “long and very public battle with drug addiction,” as well as his “gruesome suicide attempt.” Lange also talked about other issues he has faced, including his “still-standing rift with his own mentor Howard Stern.”
When Artie Lange was on a promotional swing talking about his personal life and how it has influenced his comedy and the HBO series, Crashing, Lange said he never thought he would end up in a position where he could give advice to anyone else, on any level.
It looked like Lange had turned a corner, and was experiencing an upward trend in his career and his life, with his role in Crashing and his much-publicized battle with drug addiction, before his arrest on Sunday. Lange was arrested after police spotted drugs in his car in the parking deck of his apartment building in Hoboken. The say they seized cocaine and heroin during the arrest.
On March 14, Artie Lange’s executive producer tweeted, “Artie Lange is in episodes seven and eight of @CrashingHBO. He comes and goes– like in life!”
In response, also on March 14, Lange posted the poignant tweet, “@JuddApatow this got to me. I wish I could express how amazing Judd has been to me. But like most bright ppl he knows I ain’t gonna make it.” Lange seemed to be suggesting, by his tweet, that his executive producer knew that he was not going to make it in his recovery attempt.
By Friday, even as Lange confirmed he had been arrested on drug charges, he appeared to be a bit more upbeat in other tweets. In one, Lange thanked the arresting Hoboken officers “for their professionalism.”
He tweeted to his fans that despite his arrest and setback attempting to kick drugs, he had not given up. Lange wrote, “I wish I could tell u how my story ends. I hope it’s being old & smiling cuz of unique memories. But I’m such a flawed person guys. Tryin!”
Artie Lange also tweeted that he intended to go on with his next set of stand-up dates, including an upcoming gigs at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair on March 24, the BergenPAC on April 14, and the Music Box at the Borgata on June 10.
The Wrap reported that Lange said he would understand if he lost his spot on the new HBO comedy, Crashing, is a “semi-autobiographical show about Pete Holmes’ early time in standup.” In the second episode of the series, Lange’s “struggle with sobriety was dramatized.” However, Apatow showed he had no intention of turning his back on his friend, Lange, with a tweet of his own on Friday, writing, “We would never give up on Artie or anyone struggling with addiction.”
Judd Apatow, the executive producer of HBO’s comedy, Crashing, gave Artie Lange his assurance that he and HBO were not going to turn their backs on Lange, even though the comedian was arrested by police in Hoboken, New Jersey last Sunday with cocaine and heroin in his possession after a relapse on his road to recovery from drug addiction. Lange bases much of his comedy on the events of his own life, often finding the humor in some of the dark and trying times he has faced.
By John Samuels
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