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EXCLUSIVE: Dying of embarrassment? Nick Di Paolo mulls the shame of being killed by a bomb signed by ‘Baba Booey’ • 07.29.08
To die by the hand of an enemy must be hard enough, but to be one of eight insurgents to reportedly lose lives at the expense of a bomb signed by Baba Booey? “Embarrassing,” according to stand-up comedian and northern Westchester resident Nick Di Paolo.
While flipping through photographs of his recent USO trip to Afghanistan, Di Paolo pointed out in an exclusive interview with me last week that he and fellow regulars from the Howard Stern radio show autographed a bomb that he said was later dropped by an unmanned “Reaper” plane onto eight enemy insurgents.
Signing the 500-pound weapon at a military base were Di Paolo, fellow comedians Artie Lange, Dave Attell and Jim Florentine and Stern radio producer Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate.
Mulled Di Paolo:
Imagine getting killed by a bomb signed by Baba Booey? How embarrassing.
Listen to the whole clip here:
And if you liked that clip and live in or close to the Lower Hudson Valley, tune in to RNN’s “NewsCenter Now” tonight at 5:45 p.m., when they’ll run a full three-minute segment of my interview with Nick D!
Related Suburbarazzi exclusive: Nick Di Paolo fires a few rounds, also shoots machine gun.
(Photo by Carucha L. Meuse/The Journal News)
Normally, when thereâ€™s bombing in the vicinity of a comedy show, itâ€™s due to terrible jokes, not mortar fire.
But northern Westchester resident Nick DiPaolo and fellow regulars of Howard Sternâ€™s radio show had to duck and cover following their USO show in Afghanistan early last week.
According to The Daily News, DiPaolo had just finished a show with fellow comedians Artie Lange, Jim Florentine and Dave Attell and Sternâ€™s radio producer Gary Dellâ€™Abate when the Kandahar base where they were performing came under mortar fire. The Stern crew reportedly waited for 35 minutes in a secure bunker before shelling stopped and they emerged uninjured.
Rick Dorfman, DiPaolo’s manager, told Suburbarazzi today that the local comedian returned to the United States uninjured and was already en route to the Just For Laughs festival in MontrÃ©al, where he was headlining for a series called “The Nasty Show.”
But really, how nasty could things be by comparison?
(Photo by Mark Vergari/InTown Magazine)
Thirty years ago, Howard Stern launched his career as a professional deejay in Briarcliff Manor. The radio world would never be the same.
With Stern and his crew off for holiday break, Sirius satellite radio has been broadcasting the premiere of Ã¢â‚¬Å“The History of Howard SternÃ¢â‚¬? in lieu of his live morning radio show this week. Featuring first-person interviews and narration by Jim Forbes of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Behind the MusicÃ¢â‚¬? fame, the first 90 minutes of TuesdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s broadcast alone were dedicated to SternÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s days spinning vinyl in Briarcliff and plugging various businesses and events throughout the Lower Hudson Valley.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“My first radio job really was WRNW in Westchester and that was a very difficult situation for me,Ã¢â‚¬? Stern said during the special. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was not a good broadcaster; I was not a good straight broadcaster, and I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t thought of much.Ã¢â‚¬?
Recently completing his second year of a five-year, $500 million contract at Sirius satellite radio, Stern said he launched his full-time career with a $5,000 annual salary on Jan. 1, 1977 at 107.1 FM. He was 11 days shy of his 23rd birthday.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“My first shift, when I got on the air, I was so nervous my hands were shaking,Ã¢â‚¬? he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The station was empty, thank God, because it was New YearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s morning. I hit the button to play the record, the whole board jams up. I mustÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve hit it too hard.Ã¢â‚¬?
Reflecting on the incident with sidekicks Robin Quivers and Artie Lange, Stern said he woke up the program director when calling him in the ensuing panic.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The engineer came in and started yelling at me Ã¢â‚¬â€œ this big fat guy Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and he fixed it at some point, I guess,Ã¢â‚¬? he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“And all the other jocks heard me and they think I was horrible. I was the laughing stock of the station. The program director was going to fire me, I heard, because I woke him up. And again, I had to beg for his mercy. I said, Ã¢â‚¬ËœIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m so sorry.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ He goes, Ã¢â‚¬ËœYouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re terrible; youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re horrible.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a miracle I sit here today.Ã¢â‚¬?
In addition to Briarcliff, check out the “King of All Media’s” direct connections to Armonk, Elmsford, Tarrytown, Bronxville, Scarsdale, White Plains and Yorktown after the break.
Former Briarcliff Manor deejay Howard Stern yesterday got into an epic clash with Gary Dell’Abate, the show’s executive producer. Stern was angry that Dell’Abate (a.k.a. “Bababooey”) broadcast a prank phone call on the post-show program without first asking Stern’s permission.
During this already uncomfortable exchange, an argument within an argument broke out. Sal “The Stockbroker” Governale entered the studio, claiming he tried to tell Dell’Abate not to play the prank call without asking Stern first. Dell’Abate exploded with expletives at the writer, who was telling the truth but appeared to be kissing up to Stern. It was at this point that I realized that I’m almost always going to side with Dell’Abate over both Stern and Governale, because Dell’Abate seems to be the among the most prepared, justified and well-intended member of the crew.
That got me thinking: With whom would I side if two or more Stern show personnel were arguing, if both/all arguments were equally valid? So, I came up with an arbitrary list of 13 active Stern show regulars (no Jackie Martling or “Stuttering” John Melendez here), ranking them from my most frequent argument ally to my least-frequent argument ally. The list does not include infrequent guests, such as staff members’ family or significant others.
Here are my top three allies, with the rest of the Stern crew listed after the break:
1. Fred Norris – Rarely speaks, but when he does, he’s usually the best voice of reason. I’d actually give Dell’Abate the edge here, but Norris is a Yankee fan while Dell’Abate roots for the Mets. He can be a bit of a music snob, though. Agreement score: 9.5.
2. Gary DellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Abate – As I mentioned, the guy seems to be the most prepared, justified and nicest guy on the entire staff. He also can remember the details of some of the most obscure moments in show history, so he is a trusted authority. Agreement score: 9.
3. Artie Lange – Perhaps the most naturally funny member of the staff, Lange’s well-placed punchlines, self-effacing nature and generous attitude make me empathize for the guy when the staff is picking on his weight or history with gambling and drugs. Plus, he’s a huge Yankees and New York Giants fan. Agreement score: 8.5.
Greg Fitzsimmons, a frequent sit-in guest on Howard Stern’s radio show and a Tarrytown product, talked Thursday about the apparent suicide of journeyman stand-up comic Richard Jeni. Fitzsimmons told the former Briarcliff Manor deejay he received a late-night phone call from fellow comic Dave Attell, then reflected on his own 17 years as a stand-up comedian and Jeni’s personal life.
<blockquote><div>You see somebody who you respect that much and who you think has got it all, and then it ends like that and you realize that they’re really unhappy and that’s my future. Luckily I’m married and I have kids and I love them. I have some more balance in my life that he didn’t have. … His whole identity was as a stand-up comic. One quote that I heard was (from) a friend of mine (who) talked to him the week before (Jeni died) and (Jeni) was freaking out because his 2007 calendar was not filled — the <em>whole</em> year had not been filled. There were holes in it.</div></blockquote>
When fellow stand-up comedian Artie Lange chimed in with “See, that’s a sickness. That’s, like, crazy,” Fitzsimmons agreed to an extent.
<blockquote><div>That made him crazy. And again, I don’t want to say why he did it. I have no idea. There were rumors that he had an illness; there’s obviously a possibility that he had chemical problems.</div></blockquote>
Where did the Howard Stern show first go to try to replace sidekick Jackie ‘The Jokeman’ Martling? Westchester County Airport. • 03.13.07
Today on the Howard Stern show, Jackie Ã¢â‚¬Å“The JokemanÃ¢â‚¬? Martling returned as a sit-down guest for the first time since the show moved from terrestrial radio to Sirius satellite radio on Jan. 9, 2006. There were plenty of laughs and awkward exchanges between Martling and friend/rival Fred Norris, who both wrote jokes for the shock jock before Martling left the show after a drawn-out contract dispute.
In early 2001, Martling rejected a final contract offer from Infinity Broadcasting (now CBS Radio) to return to the show and laugh too hard at his own jokes. Stern — who launched his professional radio career at 107.1 FM in Briarcliff Manor — agonized over the transition to move on, but it was one he said he had to make, according to producer Gary Dell’Abate (a.k.a. Ã¢â‚¬Å“BababooeyÃ¢â‚¬?).
After todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s show, the producer explained to listeners how Stern made his first real step toward replacing Martling by authorizing Dell’Abate to pick up a prospective replacement at Westchester County Airport, which straddles North Castle and Harrison and borders Fairfield County, Conn.:
<blockquote><div>Howard called me that weekend and he was like, Ã¢â‚¬ËœListen, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s done. JackieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not coming back. I just got off the phone with (92.3 FM General Manager) Tom (Chiusano). The last offer was made. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re moving forward.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ And for Howard to speak those words was very difficult. And I remember we talked about who would we get to sit in. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ He goes, Ã¢â‚¬ËœHey, you know, Ron Zimmerman? The comedian? HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to sit in.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ And I remember, it was a big deal. I had to go to Westchester Airport on a Saturday night and put on my credit card a first-class ticket for him to come in overnight. But I remember when Howard gave me the go-ahead — he was like, Ã¢â‚¬ËœFly him inÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ — that was really the finality of it: that, like, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re putting a different guy in that chair. And it was hard for him. It was hard for him to do that. He did not want to do that. It wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t what he wanted, but he was like, Ã¢â‚¬ËœI have to move ahead.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢</div></blockquote>
In the months that followed, other comedians — including Tarrytown product Greg Fitzsimmons — would audition for the right to sit in MartlingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chair. Former Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mad TVÃ¢â‚¬? star Artie Lange was awarded Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Jackie ChairÃ¢â‚¬? later that year.
(Associated Press file photo/Louis Lanzano)
Artie Lange, the sidekick of the former Briarcliff Manor deejay Howard Stern, this morning laughed at studio guest Bob SagetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s driving skills and gullibility on a 1998 trip back from a Westchester golf course.
Saget, the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Full HouseÃ¢â‚¬? star who directed Lange and former Ã¢â‚¬Å“Saturday Night LiveÃ¢â‚¬? star Norm MacDonald in the 1998 movie Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dirty Work,Ã¢â‚¬? had flown with MacDonald to New York to promote its theatrical release.
Recalled Lange: Ã¢â‚¬Å“TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going on a golfing trip up in, like, Westchester, (and) say, Ã¢â‚¬ËœYou wanna come?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m like, Ã¢â‚¬ËœI donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t golf, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll come.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬? Saget and his personal assistant joined MacDonald and Lange on the links of a Westchester golf course that Lange didn’t name.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was fun, right?Ã¢â‚¬? Saget said in the studio.
Lange agreed, then recounted that Saget wanted to drive LangeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s brand new black Cadillac Eldorado back to New York City. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We get down to the West Side Highway, getting back into New York (City) and he just had it pinned, man,Ã¢â‚¬? Lange said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re doing like 120 (mph).Ã¢â‚¬?
In the studio, Saget laughed and protested, claiming he wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t driving that fast.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“So we get to, like, 56th Street, where you can re-enter Manhattan,” Lange said. “He makes a left like Ã¢â‚¬ËœStarsky and Hutch,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ like, screeching out. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ So, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re speeding down the street; he hits a big pothole, blows out my [bleeping] tire.Ã¢â‚¬?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“And it sounded like the axel broke,Ã¢â‚¬? Saget added.
On 10th Avenue, the foursome flagged down a tow-truck whose driver was not fluent in English. After the four headed back to the towing facility, MacDonald spoke with the tow-truck operator alone.
Find out how MacDonald pranked Saget at a tow station after the break.