Artie Lange Speaks On Addiction, Legal Troubles In Comeback Tour

By Lindsey Weedston 10/25/19

In the opening show, Lange touched on past relationships, Todd Bridges, and having a brand of heroin named after him.

Artie Lange

Comedian Artie Lange is on a stand-up comeback tour after completing rehab and being released in September. During a recent show, he opened up about some of his past experiences with drugs and got real when it came to the addiction disorder that has dogged him for decades.

Lange posted on his Twitter account on September 10 announcing that he was back home and feeling good.

“Great to be home!” he wrote. “7 months 14 days sober but one day at a time. Lots of new stories to tell. Will announce some new tour dates on Friday. Thanks for the support. Love you all.”

The First Stop Of The Tour

Radar Online outlined the most notable moments from the first show of Lange’s tour on October 18, in which the former Howard Stern Show co-host touched on his past relationships, life in prison, and how drugs have affected his life.

"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."

Lange was in a relationship with Dana Cironi from 2002 to 2006 and was with Adrienne Ockrymiek from 2009 to 2014.

He also joked about his former use of crack cocaine and “burning bridges.”

"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.”

A fellow actor, Bridges struggled with addiction to crack in his 20s. He entered rehab in 1992 and has been sober ever since.

They Named Heroin After Him

Later, Lange treated audiences to a story about being sold a bag of heroin that was named after him.

“Here's the f—ked up thing, on the marquee where I was performing, they had my name spelled wrong. On the bag, it was spelled perfectly!” he said. As funny as it might have been, Lange didn’t feel all that good about the way he was being admired. “My name was on poison dude. Kids are taking this... I guess I am a famous scumbag!”

At the end of the show, Lange got serious, advising his audience to avoid the difficult life that he’s had to struggle through thanks largely to addiction while also showing his appreciation to the fans who have stuck with him through the bad times.

“The fact that you guys come out on a Friday to support me means everything to me. Tell your kids to never touch drugs."

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Lindsey Weedston is a Seattle area writer focused on mental health and addiction, politics, human rights, and various social issues. Her work has appeared in The Establishment, Ravishly, ThinkProgress, Little Things, Yes! Magazine, and others. You can find her daily writings at Twitter: