Artie Lange: 'F--- It, I'll Write a Book'

ARTIE LANGE'S BIGGEST COMEDY INFLUENCES

Artie Lange pays homage to the brutally honest, inappropriate, insane, sarcastic, idiot-skewering genius of his heroes.

RICHARD PRYOR
''He's so honest. If someone's able to be funny while they're being honest, that's what a funny person is to me.''

HOWARD STERN
''Howard's unbelievably nutty, politically incorrect style is probably the single biggest influence on me.''

WOODY ALLEN
''Years ago, my cousin gave me a tape of his early stand-up. The s--- was just brilliant, insanely great jokes.''

BILL MURRAY
''He's so funny playing sarcastic characters. He's the quintessential wiseass. His influence is everywhere, I think.''

JACKIE GLEASON
''I used to watch The Honeymooners every night when I was a kid; Gleason's utter talent made that show great.''

JOHN BELUSHI
''He was so powerful on SNL that every sketch show since then needs a Belushi guy. I was the Belushi guy on MADtv.''

DAVID LETTERMAN
''Letterman's the king of that self-deprecating, ironic thing. I used to love when he would skewer idiots on air.''

Originally posted Nov 07, 2008 Published in issue #1020 Nov 14, 2008 Order article reprints
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