The AA Show (Artie and Anthony)
On August 21st 2017, while all of America was caught up in the solar eclipse, Compound Media’s founder Anthony Cumia announced a co-host for his show: Artie Lange. Those who grew up in the ‘90s and entered adulthood in the 2000s may remember Artie Lange as one of original cast members of the Fox comedy-sketch show MAD TV.
Artie and Anthony’s show will start in September 5th, 2017 and will be called the AA show. Those who want to watch this show can find it on Compound Media with a paid subscription of $6.95 a month. The network isn’t just limited to Artie and Anthony; Taleeb Starkes, Pat Dixon, East Side Dave, Kevin Brennan and Michael Malice also have shows there.
Lange is perhaps best known in his MAD TV sketch, “That’s My White Momma.” He also did the Little League Bookie sketch and many others. However, behind the scenes at MAD TV, Lange had trouble with cocaine use, which led to him going to rehab, and serving time jail—twice—and leaving MAD TV before the third season started, with a few special guest appearances on the show later.
Artie Lange was selected by Norm Macdonald to play in his 1998 buddy movie Dirty Work. Macdonald was one of the co-writers of the film and Full House’s Bob Saget directed. He was also set to appear on the 1996 blockbuster film Jerry Maguire, but his scene was deleted from the movie.
In 2001, Lange replaced Jackie “The Jokeman” Martling on The Howard Stern Show. He held that job until late 2009.
Lange attempted suicide for the second time in 2010, and the incident was discussed openly on the show. Stern mentioning that Lange would have his job back when he was healthy, but in 2011 on the show, Lange was referred to as a “former staffer.”
Lange would not give up on broadcasting. He reemerged in 2011 with The Nick and Artie Show with comedian Nick DiPaolo, which lasted for two years. When DiPaolo left in 2013, the show was renamed The Artie Lange Show and it ran until 2014. Lange was under fire for a few tweets about ESPN’s Cari Champion in November 2014.
Artie Lange moved to podcasting in 2015 with his own Artie Quitter podcast, sharing the name with his Twitter handle: @artiequitter. He is ending that podcast to join Anthony Cumia on his show on Compound Media starting on Sep 5th, 2017.
Lange has written two books: Too Fat to Fish in 2008, and Crash and Burn in 2013. He has plans to release a third book in late 2017.
Anthony Cumia is perhaps best known for being one-half of the famous radio duo Opie & Anthony. The two began their first show in 1995 and kept going all the way until July 2014. Anthony was discovered by Opie due to his parody of Otis Redding’s Sitting on the Dock of the Bay; Anthony and his band Rotgut called it “Gonna Electric Shock O.J.” The O.J. Simpson Trial was top news at the time.
The duo began in Long Island, and then went to Boston where they were later fired due to an April Fools’ Day joke in 1998. In late 1999, they were joined by comedian Jim Norton as a “third mic” in most of their shows.
Besides their 1998 April Fools’ Joke, the duo cause more controversy with the Voyver Bus in 2000 where Norton and Comedian Lewis Black got arrested, Homeless Shopping Spree, and Sex for Sam. The third installment of Sex for Sam in August 2002 got them fired. Due to contract requirements, the duo could not broadcast again until October 2004.
They were hired on XM Satellite Radio in October 2004, where they say all the foul language they want. After Howard Stern left FM radio to go to Sirius, the duo was offered a show on FM radio as part of CBS’ Free FM. Stern’s FM replacement, Rover’s Morning Glory, had produced low ratings, and CBS gave the duo a three-hour weekday show on FM radio from 6-9, after which they would head to XM for 2-3 hours. Their last show on CBS was on March 9, 2009.
They were suspended for 30 days in May 2007 when they allowed a homeless man named “Homeless Charlie” to make some sexual jokes about Condoleezza Rice and then first lady Laura Bush. This bit was harshly criticized by quite a few folks in the media, especially Bill O’Reilly and Mancow. Mancow would claim that the duo would be done, but he would be proven wrong.
In June 2011, the late Andrew Breitbart appeared on the show with a picture of Anthony Weiner’s weiner. The cameras in the studio captured a picture of his junk and both Opie and Anthony leaked the photo on Twitter. This would be coined as “Weinergate.”
The Opie and Anthony Show ended on July 3rd 2014, after Anthony’s hate-filled tweets after a confrontation with a black woman. He would later start The Anthony Cumia Show online. Later, Anthony would give The Legion of Skanks and Gavin McInnes their own shows (both no longer with Compound Media) and would rename the network Compound Media. The conservative Cumia had made the news recently with his argument with highly-liberal Jon Stewart. Take a look at the poorly written article here. (Then again, my Kirby’s 25th article was poorly done.)
Opie continued on Sirius XM as the Opie and Jimmy show until September 2016; Opie had his own show during the afternoon drive on Sirius XM until he got fired on July 7th, 2017.
Artie and Anthony’s picture for the show does have the two with their actual mugshots. Lange has been arrested several times and Cumia got arrested in late 2015.