Comedian Artie Lange, who has long struggled with depression and drug addiction, is sobered up -- and he has a lot to say.
In an intimate, revealing interview with The Daily Beast, Lange speaks candidly about his extreme ups and downs, from suicide attempts to heroin detoxes, jail stints and his highly-publicized and equally-complicated relationship with Howard Stern.
Lange, in keeping with his declaration of "f--k 'em all" early in the interview, doesn't hesitate to take aim at two A-list comics who've suffered their own negative headlines in recent months.
"What Louis [C.K.] did is despicable. That was a rumor for a long time," Lange said, referring to allegations of sexual misconduct detailed in the New York Times. "It’s just the creepiest thing ever. Louis was always overrated to me. He has like five jokes he’s written that I like ... I just think he’s overrated. To me, it was like the emperor’s new clothes came off. In the hotel room."
Artie Lange through the years
Artie Lange through the years
Artie Lange (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Artie Lange of the Howard Stern Show during K-Rock Claus-Fest 2003 - Day Two at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by David Pomponio/FilmMagic)
Artie Lange during The 10th Annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival - Day One at St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Artie Lange during Howard Stern Last Day Live Event - Arrivals at Hard Rock Cafe Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for Sirius Satellite Radio)
Artie Lange during Artie Lange Sighting at The Borgata - November 17, 2006 at The Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
Ralph Macchio, Artie Lange, Cara Buono, Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 17: Actor/writer Artie Lange poses for a portrait during the 'CineVegas Film Festival' on June 17, 2006 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images for CineVegas)
Artie Lange during First Annual Spike TV's Guys Choice - Arrivals at Radford Studios in Studio City, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Artie Lange during Jamie Foxx Launches 'The Foxxhole' Channel - January 23, 2007 at Sirius Satellite Radio Station in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jason Kempin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - JUNE 06: Radio personality Artie Lange attends a taping of the 'Late Show With David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater June 06, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 25: Artie Lange attends a signing of 'Too Fat To Fish' at Barnes & Noble on November 25, 2008 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 05: Radio personality Artie Lange visits the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on November 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Artie Lange perfoms at the Borgata Event Center Borgata Hotel Casino Atlantic City New Jersey February 16, 2008 (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 27: Comedian, actor and radio personality Artie Lange (C) asks a question of contestant Roxanne Martinez, (R) while Tan Ngo looks on during a taping of 'A Search For The Next Miss Howard TV' at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 27, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 905 -- Pictured: (l-r) Artie Lange with host Jimmy Fallon during an interview on October 4, 2013-- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Artie Lange attends Meet the Author at the Apple Store Soho on November 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Actor/Comedian Artie Lange seen in the East Village on October 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Comedian Artie Lange performs during the Christmas Without Tears New York Concert at BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building on December 1, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images)
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - FEBRUARY 05: Comedian Artie Lange hosts Super Bowl Weekend Party With Artie Lange at The Stress Factory Comedy Club on February 5, 2016 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by the Essex County Sheriff, Comedian and radio personality Artie Lange poses for his mugshot after being arrested for failing to appear in court on December 12, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. Lang's court date originated from charges from an arrest in May. (Photo by Essex County Sheriff via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Artie Lange attends 'Gilbert' during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
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And as for Aziz Ansari?
"Aziz 'I'm sorry' is a better name," Lange said. "I don’t have any respect for Aziz Ansari. I’m glad nobody got raped. But you know, I agree with Samantha Bee when she says it doesn't have to be rape to ruin somebody's life. That's true."
Lange also acknowledged that he has a personal distaste for Ansari: Reporter Mandy Stadtmiller noted that a few comics have told her they don't care for Ansari "based on his standoffish behavior. Do you think there's any schadenfreude right now as he is coming under fire?"
"I'm probably one of those guys," Lange replied, later adding, "What [Aziz] does at the Comedy Cellar is not going to endear him to anybody. What he does there, he sits in the corner like a young Dylan writing jokes, and he can do that at home. We get it. You’re a hard worker. But I guess we’re going to have to get over that, because a new generation of people is coming."
Aziz Ansari through the years
Aziz Ansari through the years
Aziz Ansari (Photo by Hal Horowitz/WireImage for Blender Magazine)
Aziz Ansari during Bonnaroo 2007 - Pre Festivities - David Cross & Aziz Ansari at Yet Another (Comedy) Tent in Manchester, Tennessee, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 30: Aziz Ansari performs at the Ice House Comedy Club on October 30, 2008 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 03: Actor Aziz Ansari attends the JHRTS 6th annual 'Young Hollywood' holiday party at Opera and Crimson on December 3, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 06: Actor Aziz Ansari arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Observe And Report' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 6, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 13: Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari visits the 'Late Show With David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on October 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O+BRIEN -- Episode 136 -- Pictured: Actor Aziz Ansari during an interview on January 8, 2010 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 19: Actor Aziz Ansari arrives at the 'Parks And Recreation' Emmy Screening at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on May 19, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 06: Aziz Ansari speaks onstage at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios on June 6, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 11: Comedian/actor Aziz Ansari performs at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on December 11, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 19: Actor/Writer/Comedian Aziz Ansari attends VEVO's G.O.O.D. Music party at VEVO Power Station on March 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jay West/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Actor Aziz Ansari speaks onstage at the 13th Annual Young Hollywood Awards at Club Nokia on May 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Actor Aziz Ansari participates in 'Give a Spit About Cancer' PSA taping with DoSomething.org, DKMS and Be The Match on November 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 25: Comedian Aziz Ansari performs during the Moontower Comedy Festival at the Paramount Theatre on April 25, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)
MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 08: Aziz Ansari performs in The Comedy Tent during the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on June 8, 2012 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Actor Aziz Ansari arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/WireImage)
PARKS AND RECREATION -- 'Two Parties' Episode 510 -- Pictured: (l-r) Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford, Chris Pratt as Andy, Jim O'Heir as Jerry Gergich, Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt, Rob Lowe as Chris Traeger, Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson -- (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 10: Comedian Aziz Ansari performs onstage the WE HATE HURRICANES Comedy Benefit For AmeriCares at Club Nokia on December 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AmeriCares)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Aziz Ansari attends TIME 100 Gala, TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for TIME)
STUDIO CITY, CA - OCTOBER 16: Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Marietta Sirleaf, Michael Schur, Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Jim O'Heir, Aubrey Plaza and Rob Lowe attend the NBC 'Parks And Recreation' 100th Episode Celebration held at CBS Studios - Radford on October 16, 2013 in Studio City, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 12: Actor Aziz Ansari attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations announcement on December 12, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
PARKS AND RECREATION -- 'One Last Ride' Episode 712/713 -- Pictured: Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford -- (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)