Stern Sidekick Artie Lange Is Out Of Rehab And Heading To San Francisco

By John Geluardi

In his first interview after a stint in drug rehab, Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange told the SF Weekly he’s looking forward to bringing his stand up comedy show to San Francisco next month.

Lange, whose dislike for Los Angeles is well known, says he has always liked San Francisco. When he was new to the comedy circuit, Lange opened for headline acts at the Punchline Comedy Club and later, when he was filming The Bachelor in 1998, he lived for a month at the Park Hyatt during which time he grew fond of the city.

“LA is a one-industry town and it’s always in your face,” says Lange who is born and breed in New Jersey. “But San Francisco is my kind of town. It’s more like New York, the climate is great, not too much humidity. The last time I was out there, I was able to see the Niners play the Detroit Lions. I really love it there.”

The rotund Lange, who is legendary for his immoderate consumption of food and drink, checked himself into a New Jersey drug rehab facility on August 6 after he began using heroin again about eight weeks ago. Lange decided to get help after he missed an appearance on Comedy Central to roast his friend Bob Saget. He had also begun to fall asleep during broadcasts of the Stern show.

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