Artie Lange was looking like his old self again during a recent broadcast of DirecTV's "The Artie Lange Show," and not in a good way.
A video of Lange's performance from "The Artie Lange Show" in late February has shown up on YouTube, featuring the former Howard Stern Show sidekick nodding off on air much like he used to do in his darkest days of addiction back with the gang at Sirius XM. In the video, Lange leans on the counter next to his microphone, closes his eyes, and then awakens and drowsily texts someone on his phone before wandering out of frame. He returned later to chat with radio host Tim McKernan about how both of their girlfriends were out spending their money at a nearby upscale restaurant, rocking back and forth in his hair and speaking in a tone Stern Show fans remember all too well.
Lange has stated that he is now clean and sober after years of struggling with mental health issues and an addiction to heroin, but Howard Stern has been reluctant to allow Lange to return to the show, even for a guest appearance, stating he fears it could trigger negative emotions for the already fragile comedian. Lange attempted suicide by stabbing himself in January 2010 and Stern has said on air that the incident "rocked me profoundly".
Lange returned to the comedy scene in July 2011 and teamed up with comedian Nick DiPaolo to present "The Nick and Artie Show" in conjunction with DirecTV. In January 2013, though, DiPaolo announced that he was leaving the show to pursue other projects.