Artie Lange: The Stench of Failure



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Reviewed by StevePulaski8 / 10

A testament to Artie Lange's behavior

Artie Lange is one of the few comedians working today who has the ability to be wickedly insightful about his past run-ins with drug addiction and can turn around almost immediately and say the raunchiest, filthiest thing one can think of at that moment. Lange has constantly found ways to shock and provoke, understandably so, with his unfiltered approach to comedy, and in The Stench of Failure, his latest, Comedy Central-sponsored special, he delivers more of the same debauchery and humor he has crafted over the years in film and on The Howard Stern Show.

Lange hits the ground running, talking early on about how his personal trainer and him got in a small argument about how the high you get from heroin is stronger than the high one gets from running, with the trainer speaking without personal experience on the former. Lange talks about he bet the trainer that he'd run three miles one day and the trainer would try heroin for the first time and they'd "compare notes" on the highs they received. Following that, Lange divulges into a barrage of different ideas, such as offering to break former Penn State football head coach Jerry Sandusky out of prison so he could have his way with pop singer Justin Bieber, along with offering his funniest bit of the special by discussing his time playing Scrabble in a mental asylum.

Lange is a zealous performer, ribald and limitless in what he wants to discuss, and even if his humor provokes occasional discomfort and wincing, one must admire the way he doesn't care what kind of controversy he stirs. This was proved by the blowback he received after making sexually-explicit, racially-charged comments on Twitter about ESPN First Take sportscaster Cari Champion, and how he refused to apologize for his comments unless Champion said herself that she was indeed disgusted. The Stench of Failure is a testament to Lange's behavior, and we can see a sort of cathartic release emerge from Lange after he talks about his battles with heroin and prescription drugs. This is a rewarding special mainly because it shows the release of one man through the most rampant, uncontrollable drug of them all, which is humor.

Directed by: Ryan Polito.

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