A TRIBUTE FOR THESE FEW ABOVE THAT MAKE US LAUGH



THAT'S MY WHITE MAMA-ARTIE LANGE AND DEBRA WILSON

ARTIE LANGE

Arthur Steven Lange grew up a child of a middle class family in Union, New Jersey. At Union High School, Lange excelled in baseball, becoming an All County third baseman. Working long afternoons with his loving contractor father, Artie developed a comical view of social classes, and his place in life as a barrel-chested Italian boy. After Artie completed high school, his father, who was a cable installer, fell off a roof and became a quadriplegic. Artie changed his college plans to be near his family, taking up odd jobs as a clerk, laborer and cab driver. After his fathers' death four years later, Artie quit his Port of Newark longshoreman's' job to play his first gig at New York's Improv in Hell's Kitchen. Gaining steadying success Artie pursued sketch comedy, helping to create the popular improvisation group, "Live On Tape". Doing improvisation landed Artie his major break. He was cast as an original member of Fox's MADtv (1995) in 1995. Hollywood success would bring down the comic with substance abuse and a possession for cocaine arrest. Mad TV fired him in 1997. After rehab, depression and a 40-pound weight gain, Lange found himself out of work until Saturday Night Live (1975)comedian Norm MacDonald remembered him. Lange played MacDonald's sidekick in both Dirty Work (1998) and ABC's Norm (1999). As a guest during a promotional tour with MacDonald,Howard Stern first heard and liked Lange. Years before, Artie and his father listened daily to the Howard Stern Show. Artie joined the nationally syndicated The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998)in 2001, bringing impressions and an average guy prospective to the radio and E network shows. However, his troubled past re-emerged through his years on the Stern show and Artie had fights with various staff members and splits with the show on several occasions up until his suicide attempt in 2010 when he left the show for good. Artie spent 7 months in a rehab center in Florida and emerged stating that he was finally clean and sober. Artie returned to radio in 2011 when, along with his friend Nick DiPaolo, they inked 3-year deals for a nationally syndicated radio show on Fox Sports. The show is called "The Nick and Artie Show".


DEBRA WILSON


Was the second longest running cast member on "MADtv". Michael McDonald joined the cast in the fourth season and stayed until season thirteen, making his, a nine season run. Wilson joined the original cast in 1995, and left after her eight season.
When she guest-starred on Season 10 of MADtv (1995), only three out of the four sketches that she taped was actually aired. The one that remained unaired was a new parody sketch of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.
MADtv (1995) decided to air her "Whitney and Bobby" sketch (parodying Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown) later on in the tenth season (on 14 May 2005 to be exact). Even though she had done all of her sketches in one taping, MADtv (1995) made it look as if she came back for a second guest appearance.
Although Wilson shared her home with two boa constrictors, two cats, and two scorpions, all have since passed away. She hasn't been without a companion animal in over 27 years, and continues her companionship with a Columbian Tegu lizard named "Lizard".
Appeared in a deleted scene in the movie, American History X (1998).
Wilson has quite a number of tattoos, extending from her wrists to her back.
She's a deeply spiritual person and even does spiritual counseling & life coaching, motivational speaking and massage therapy. She volunteers with a number of non profit organizations and charities, and has been for over 16 years. Wilson sees her spirituality as a responsibility to the world and all living beings in it.
Wilson began riding a motorcycle in 2008, and counts riding as one of her favorite pass times of all times.
Wilson has a strong affinity and fascination with the the paranormal and all forms of psychic phenomena, as well as the subjects and studies of the forensic sciences and cultural anthropology. She's even been part of a celebrity paranormal team, on the VH1 special, "Celebrity Paranormal Project", with Jason "Wee Man" Acuna, Evander Holyfield and Nikki Ziering.