I wasn’t planning to write about Gallery1988′s first annual “Is This Thing On” art show as it really has little connection to movies or television (or so I thought… the above piece featuring Judd Apatow mashed-up with the infamous Star Trek Tribbles episode is a fine example of this). The show, co-sponsored by FunnyOrDie, features over 100 artists, each creating pieces that are portraits of their favorite funny people, both beloved comics of yesteryear and emerging superstars.

The line up of comedians depicted include: Chris Farley, Will Ferrel, Richard Pryor, Don Rickles, Paul Reubens,Tim & Eric, Nick Kroll, Demetri Martin, Chris Rock, Whitney Cummings, Jon Lovitz, Sam Kinison, Bill Murray, Woody Allen, Colin Quinn, Bill Hicks, Howard Stern, Judd Apatow, Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron, Scott Auckerman, David Spade, Andy Dick, Lenny Bruce, Adam Sandler, Amy Sedaris, Lisa Lampanelli, David Cross, Andy Kaufman, Christopher Guest, Mr. Show, Rob Corddry and Children’s Hospital, Gilbert Gottfried, Jeffrey Ross, Bill Cosby, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tracy Morgan, Roseanne, Patton Oswalt, Dave Attell, David Wain and Wet Hot American Summer, Will Forte, John Candy, Lilly Tomlin, Phil Hartman, John Belushi, Mel Brooks and Young Frankenstein, Chevy Chase, Louis CK, Norm MacDonald, Flight of the Conchords, Jim Carrey, Reggie Watts, Steve Martin, Larry David, Rodney Dangerfield, Mitch Hedberg, Ellen DeGenerous, Margaret Cho, Steven Wright, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Richard Lewis, George Carlin, UCB Theater LA, Upright Citizen Brigade (TV show), Human Giant, Sasha Baron Cohen, Gallagher, Dana Carvey, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, Danny McBride, Carrot Top, Greg Giraldo, Donald Glover, Zach Galifiankis, Charlene Yi, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Chris Elliot, Jon Lovitz, Artie Lange, Doug Benson, Redd Foxx, Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Dave Chapelle, Chelsea Handler, Aziz Ansari, Eddie Murphy, SF Sketchfest, Cheech & Chong, Sarah Silverman, Stella, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Brian Posehn, Charlie Murphy and Kids In The Hall.
The show is ongoing until January 29th 2011 in the Melrose Gallery 1988 location. Hirt the jump to see some of my favorite pieces of art from the exhibition.
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Comedian and New York Times Bestselling author Artie Lange admitted on the Howard Stern Show yesterday that he auditioned for Darren Aronofsky‘s The Wrestler.

“I really took it seriously. I had what I thought was a great audition. It was for the fifth lead of the movie, a sleazy wrestling promoter in that world… he had all his scenes with Mickey Rourke. So I went back another time, killed again. I then did a screen test. Killed again. So my Agent says to me ‘Aronofsky really likes you, and its between you and another guy.’” … “So it goes right til the end, and my manager calls me back and tells me ‘the other guy got it’. I was like ‘Aw Fuck!’ It was really like god fucking with me. I wanted it now.”

A funny aside, and an interesting look into the paranoia of an auditioning actor’s mind — the story continues. Why didn’t Artie get the part? According to one of Lange’s friends, Artie had drunkenly roughed up Aronofsky in the mid 90′s at a Hollywood party.

“My friend says, doesn’t ‘Artie remember Darren Aronofsky? I was like ‘What are you talking about?’ When I was at Mad TV back in 1996 we went out to a Hollywood party, the kid tells the story ‘Artie got completely fucked up… this is one of those times when we had to pull him out of the party. This kid went to film school with Darren Aronofsky. He said in this party you claimed this guy Aronofsky, this is before Requiem for a Dream, you claimed that he was looking at you wrong and you kept hitting him in the head and you punched him in the face. I said ‘What?’ He goes ‘You were abusing this guy, calling him a film school fag’.

Artie’s friend believes that Aronofsky remembered the incident and was only leading him on to get back at him, but Lange discounts the idea saying that he didn’t even believe the story actually happened, and that Aronofsky “was so nice to me in the auditions.” Howard Stern also commented on the absurdity of the suggestion, saying that Aronofsky would have to be a criminal mastermind to come up with that plot.

The wrestling promoter character that Artie auditioned for doesn’t appear much in the completed film. I remember the role being a little bit more prominent in the screenplay draft I had read before the film went into production.

Lange is currently developing a Wonder Years-like television show concept with Frank Sebastiano (Beer League) for Comedy Central based on his #1 New York Times Bestselling Memoir Too Fat To Fish. The Wrestler hits limited theaters on Wednesday, December 17th. Click here to see when The Wrestler is coming to your town/city.

Artie Lange Quits The Howard Stern Show

Artie Lange and Howard SternJust a heads up, this is another non movie related post. I spend 70+ hours a week Blogging the Reel World, during which time I listen to 25+ hours of The Howard Stern Show on Siruis Satellite Radio. Like millions of others, it helps me get through the daily grind. I turned on the show this afternoon, and was shocked to hear a repeat from April 7th.

As it turns out, on today’s show, self-destructive Stern sidekick, comedian and actor Artie Lange (Dirty Work, Beer League) got into a physical confrontation with his personal assistant Teddy, who he claimed was stealing money from him. After the altercation, Lange resigned which Stern accepted. “I Love You,” Lange said to Howard as he left the studio.

Stern producer Gary Dell’Abate said that they managed to talk Artie down in the green room but the he was afraid while he was talking to him. Speculating about if Lange could return to the show, they might be putting future guests in jeopardy. The show usually replays throughout the day on channel Howard 100, but Stern himself decided to pull the replay from the rotation.

Artie Lange was seen getting onto a plane for show line-producer Jason Kaplan’s bachelor party in Amsterdam. His assistant Teddy, also a friend of Kaplan, was also on the plane, but traveling separately. No one knows the future of Lange on the Stern show.

Artie’s breakdown has turned up on YouTube:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Discuss: Will Artie Lange return to The Howard Stern Show?

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