http://www.avclub.com/article/artie-lange-acdc-blts-and-making-cover-onion-219269 Artie Lange on AC/DC, BLTs, and making the cover of The Onion By Will Harris@NonStopPop May 13, 2015 12:00 AM In11 Questions, The A.V. Club asks interesting people 11 interesting questions—and then asks them to suggest one for our next interviewee. Artie Lange has done stand-up comedy, sketch comedy (Mad TV), starred in films (Dirty Work) and sitcoms (The Norm Show), and even written a few books (Too Fat To Fish and Crash And Burn), but he’s probably best known for the years he spent as part of The Howard Stern Show, a stint which lasted from 2001 to 2009. Since then, Lange has continued to work in radio and stand-up—his most recent album and special, The Stench Of Failure, was released in 2014—and he can currently be seen playing himself in the film Laugh Killer Laugh, now available on VOD. 1. What’s the worst job you ever had? Artie Lange: Probably doing stand-up at a bachelor party. The best man told me to make fun of his friend, who looked like an Italian bouncer at a strip club. Apparently, the guy accidentally made out with a chick at Mardi Gras, or someone that he thought was a chick but who turned out to be a guy, and his friend wanted me to make fun of him for it. And I said, “I don’t think I should do that.” But I was bombed, and I did it, and the guy threw a beer at me. So, yeah, that was pretty bad. That’s the worst ever. And it was for only 50 bucks, too. Making fun of a big Italian guy for a homosexual moment in his life was a bad idea at his bachelor party. The A.V. Club: Beyond having a beer thrown at you, were there any further repercussions? AL: No, I ran out the kitchen. I was younger back then—I could run—so I ran out the kitchen and got away. I ran around the block, and I called my agent who at the time was booking me at those things, and he wanted me to go back and get the 50 dollars. I said, “No.” So I parted ways with the agent. I came back the next day and got my car. I took a bus home that night. I was scared to death. But the guy hit, like, the side of my ankle with the beer, so it could’ve been a lot worse, let’s just say that. 2. When did you first feel successful? AL: When I got booked to do this 11 Questions thing, I think. AVC: You’d be surprised how often we hear that. AL: Well, you know, what’s funny is that I can give you another one that’s related, but it’s not a joke: One time there were some writers for The Onion who saw me do stand-up at the Aspen Comedy Festival years ago, and after that they put my picture on the front page of The Onion, and it just said “FCC Sentences Artie Lange To Death.” [Laughs.] That’s probably my favorite moment ever. I still have it. So, yeah, you can put that down. That’s when I first felt successful: when The Onion put me on the front page, saying, “FCC Sentences Artie Lange To Death.” 3. If you were a supervillain, what would your master plan be? AL: Oh, God. Probably just to make sure Bruce Jenner’s operation goes fine. [Laughs.] I just don’t want any complications, so I would use all of my power to make sure that happens. AVC: How would that be villainous? AL: Well, I’ll leave that for the readers to figure out. 4. What were you like as a kid? AL: I was a bad student. Very, very obnoxious. In high school, I was called the class clown, but that wasn’t because I was funny. It was because I had a red nose from cocaine abuse. It did not look good for me. It kind of looked like I wasn’t going to have much of a future. [Laughs.] I was kind of a nutty person. I got suspended a lot. I didn’t graduate from high school. I had to go to summer school and then go to college. Yeah, I was just an asshole, really. Sort of a smaller version of me now. AVC: Was there ever any point when you turned it around, or did the world just have to learn to live with you? AL: Well, when I figured out I could be a comedian, I was, like, “Wow, I can actually make a living doing the same shit I got in trouble for!” That’s what every comic figures out at some point. So, yeah, that happened when I was about 25. That’s when I turned it around. 5. Who was your celebrity crush when you were younger? AL: Bruce Jenner! [Laughs.] I always knew there was a hot chick in there. No, you know what? In all honesty: Valerie Bertinelli. I loved her. I really did. There was something about her. When Eddie Van Halen bagged her, I was really disappointed. AVC: So that was during the One Day At A Time era? AL: Oh, yeah, absolutely. I would jerk off to that show, and every once in awhile I’d come to the janitor guy, Schneider. AVC: That’s got to scar a kid for life. AL: Well, that and coming to Bonnie Franklin. That’s worse. Nah, but I like Valerie Bertinelli. She’s a good one. AVC: Have you ever had the opportunity to meet her? AL: No. AVC: Do you still hope that it might yet happen at some point? AL: Well, I was actually booked to do an episode of Hot In Cleveland, but I had to fly there from a gig I had in Detroit, and I passed out onstage in Detroit from diabetic shock, because of my blood sugar, and I was hospitalized for nine days. So I had to miss the Hot In Cleveland thing, but I would’ve met her. Of course, now, I’m sure she hates me. AVC: You’d like to hope not. AL: Yeah, well, I have a history of disappointing people.