Congratulations are in order for comedian Artie Lange, who revealed on Twitter this week that he's just marked seven and a half months of sobriety.
The comic looks worlds different from what he looked like just last year, sporting a fresh haircut and noticeably thinner frame. Although his nose has suffered damage from years of substance abuse, Lange's healthy-looking appearance and upbeat message quickly racked up positive responses from fans, friends and a number of famous faces.
"Great to be home! 7 months 14 days sober but one day at a time," Lange, 51, wrote. "Lots of new stories to tell. Will announce some new tour dates on Friday. Thanks for the support. Love you all."
Great to be home! 7 months 14 days sober but one day at a time. Lots of new stories to tell. Will announce some new tour dates on Friday. Thanks for the support. Love you all. pic.twitter.com/vkdN7gMCSI
Among the 40,000 people (and counting) to "like" Lange's post were Judd Apatow, who in 2017 brought Lange onto the HBO show "Crashing" to play a scripted version of himself. The on-screen Lange also battled drug addiction, once telling
The post also received a "like" from Jimmy Kimmel, a friend of Lange's who is also close with Howard Stern. Lange rose to fame as a radio personality on Stern's namesake show, and his substance abuse issues were reportedly the driving factor in the demise of both the friendship and the working relationship.
Lange has fought his way through years of personal and legal turmoil, his rehab stays interspersed with intermittent arrests and violations. He has spoken and written candidly about his multiple suicide attempts and depression.
PHOTOS: Artie Lange in past years
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)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - Emmy Award-nominated 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight (11:35 p.m. - 12:41 a.m., ET), packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4 included actor Chris Hemsworth ('Thor: The Dark World'), comedian Artie Lange (book 'Crash and Burn') and musical guest Jane's Addiction. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images)
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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)