Artie Lange Announces Release Date For "Halfway House" Podcast

By Desiree Bowie 11/20/19

The 51-year-old comedian announced his new podcast on Twitter and Instagram. 

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After being on the comedy circuit for the last couple months, Artie Lange is ready to get in the studio and talk it out.

The comedian took to social media to announce that his new podcast "Artie Lange's Halfway House" is set to premiere on December 2nd. NJ.com reports that comedian Mike Bocchetti, the announcer on Lange's previous podcast "The Artie Lange Show," will co-host "Halfway House." 

2019 has been a year of rebuilding and rehabilitation for Lange who has battled addiction for decades. 

Drug Court Saved His Life

In June 2018, Lange was sentenced to four years of probation for being found in possession of heroin during a May 2017 arrest. Then in December 2018, Lange tested positive for cocaine and instead of being penalized with jail time Judge Nancy Sivilli opted to send the struggling comedian to drug court, a move which he lauded on Twitter.

“The judge and Prosecutor were unbelievably compassionate,” Lange tweeted after his court appearance. “I’m not high. So I see it clearly now. They wanna save my life. 10 days ago when I left rehab I had to touch the flame," he said about his cocaine relapse.

“I have work to do,” Lange added. “I feel now I can also stop Cocaine. But that’s arrogance and addiction. I’m accepting help. If I fail now I will go to jail. Jail is not for addicts. But I’d be giving them no choice. When I use illegal drugs I have to score them. That’s breaking the law.”

On January 30, 2019, Lange was arrested after testing positive for cocaine twice in a two-month period. He spent under a week in jail after which he entered long-term rehab. Lange says he's been sober ever since.

On The Road Again

In September, Lange hit the road for the first time since completing his drug rehab program. He addressed his addiction, rehab and past relationships in his new routine.

"I had three fiancées who left me because of heroin. Heroin saved me a lot of money," Lange joked. "Divorce would've been way more expensive than the drugs."

In another joke, he poked fun at himself and Diff'rent Strokes actor Todd Bridges who has famously battled addiction but has been sober since 1994. 

"I burned all the bridges you can burn in show business, that's why I'm in Bridgeport. I was in the crack house recently, I was trying to light a crack pipe and I burned Todd Bridges.”

Lange currently has tour dates set up through January 2020. 

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