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LAist Interview: Artie Lange

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Telling a story is not easy, especially when the stories are emotional, outrageous and true. Comedian, actor and member of the Howard Stern Show cast, Artie Lange, however, has made a living telling the stories of his life on the air and on stage. Finally, those stories that have made the Stern Nation laugh since joining the show in 2001, along with several other painfully true moments from Lange's life can be found in Too Fat to Fish.

Tonight (Book Soup, 10pm) and Saturday (Barnes & Noble, The Grove, 2pm), Artie will be in Los Angeles signing copies of the book which hit shelves this week. Prior to hitting the road for his promotional tour, LAist caught up with Artie to hear a few of his stories and to discuss his time in LA, the book and Howard.

Is there anything you miss about LA? Anything you're looking forward to doing while you are back out here?
I lived in LA from 1995 to 2001. I was out there for MADtv, then I had some network deals and did stand-up, then from 1999 to 2001 I was working on the show, Norm. I bought a place in New York in 2001, thinking it wouldn't be too long before I'd be moving back to LA to play the fat neighbor in a shitty sitcom. Fortunately, I joined the Stern Show instead. One thing I am definitely looking forward to while I am here in LA, not surprisingly is the food. For about a half of 1998 I lived in the Bel Age Hotel (Now known as The London West Hollywood) and just about every morning I'd go across the street and eat breakfast at Dukes. Those are the best fucking pancakes in the world. LA has great food. I never understood how people decide to become vegetarian when they move to LA. With all these amazing burger joints here, why would you do such a thing?