I’ve got a question, how can anybody be surprised by Artie Lange hijacking a show? Seriously. It’s like booking Robin Williams to be the first of five guests for an hour long talk show, then being shocked that nobody else gets on the air because Williams hogs all of the airtime. Is there anybody out there really that stupid?
Apparently, there is. His name is Marc Payton and he lives in The Woodlands. He’s also the director of that god-awful Joe Buck sports/comedy show that premiered on HBO on Monday night. For some reason, they had Lange on a guest, along with Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis. And for some reason, Buck admitted, on a sports show, that his favorite website was TMZ.com.
I’ve seen Rudd on talk shows before, and normally, that little admission was something he wouldn’t let slip past without an insult or joke. But he and Buck went to high school together, so he let it slide. But next up was Lange, and the show was never the same. If you want to see the clip, you can go here. Let’s just say there were a lot of homosexual jokes at the expense of Buck and Tony Romo. And let’s also just say that afterwards, Buck gets to act all angry and outraged like he did when Randy Moss fake mooned the crowd at Lambeau Field years ago.
“I don't think anybody saw this coming (with Lange),” Payton told the Chron. “I think people were aware of the potential of something like that, but I don't think anybody believed it would happen. The general consensus was that (Lange) went way overboard, way over the line. He was inappropriate and downright rude to Joe and the audience and the other people in the panel.”
That leads me to ask the obvious question: you booked Artie Lange, so just what did you expect? Especially when the host of what is supposed to be a damn sports show admits to a bunch of comics -- including one who is Howard Stern’s sidekick -- that his favorite website is TMZ.com.
I’ve got no sympathy for Buck or Payton or any of the people at HBO claiming to be offended by Lange. Frankly, I’ve been offended by that douche bag Buck for years, and it’s about time someone wiped that sanctimonious grin off of his face. There are a lot of members of the lucky sperm club working in sports broadcasts booths, but Buck has to be the least talented, and most obnoxious of them all. So I issue a thanks to Artie Lange for bring the untalented Joe Buck down a peg or two.
And frankly, anybody who claims to be in broadcasting who didn’t see this coming from Lange, especially on HBO, needs to get out of broadcasting.
P.S.: And it continued for awhile on the internet.