Who doesn’t miss Robin Williams? He passed away too soon from suicide on August 14, 2014. Even with his health worsening at the end, he was always thinking of others in his work as evidenced by his contract.
Prior to his death, Robin Williams had a stipulation in his contract that for any movie or event he did, the company hiring him also hire a certain number of homeless people and put them in work.
My favorite Robin Williams comedy is Mrs. Doubtfire, but have enjoyed several movies he’s starred in. Mork and Mindy, the TV show with Pam Dawber was my introduction to him. That was a fun show, too. Williams didn’t only star in comedy movies though, showing he had range far beyond his comedic roots. His energetic voice acting was top notch.
If you’ve seen any of the Police Academy movies you’re familiar with Larvell Jones, The Human Sound Machine. He’s a standup comedian who seemingly can imitate any sound effect, including the raging guitar sounds of Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin and Eddie Van Halen once traded guitar licks with him in 1987.
Still, the biggest surprise was Winslow, the comedian best-known as Larvell Jones a.k.a. the human sound machine from Police Academy. Winslow and Van Halen traded riffs, with Eddie wailing on his axe while Winslow provided impressively realistic guitar-like vocals. “They were dueling,” Plastik recalled, “with Eddie playing a lick and Michael voicing it back.”
Good news! Comedian and actor Artie Lange is currently clean and sober, off the cocaine and heroin, as a result of his forced jail time.
[Artie] has had his fair share of troubles with the law over the last decade. But his biggest wake up call yet was when he landed himself in jail for two months last May for violating probation. The comedian revealed that his time behind bars helped him get sober. “It was the longest I’d ever been locked away, I was forced to get clean,” he admitted.
I’m in the camp that love Artie for all the times he’s made me laugh. Yes, I know how much of a screw-up he’s been in his personal life, but he seems like such a good guy, that you want to root for him to get off the junk and get better.
He separated ties with the Howard Stern Show at the beginning of 2010 after trying to commit suicide. Then he went into a psych ward for awhile to get straight. Between 2011-2019 he had numerous start/restarts with stand-up comedy while struggling to get clean.
It seemed for a short time that he was pulling out of the drug lifestyle when he had a stint on the HBO TV Show Crashing, but no.
Don’t know the guy in any way personally, but feel a sense of connection to him through his time on the Howard Stern show. Artie hasn’t been as funny in the movies, through his movie Beer League, but he was funny at times on Mad TV, and he was ROFLMAO on Howard Stern in clips like the following, where he stirs up the The Iron Sheik (warning: NSFW! Extreme language)
Veteran podcaster Joe Rogan caught up with Artie in November 2019 to discuss the story behind what happened to Artie’s nose (he snorted glass and was sucker punched by an amateur boxer):
At the time Rogan’s podcast was recorded, Joe had to visit Artie in his town because Artie was court ordered not to be able to leave the state.
Fast forward to September 2019, Artie signed a deal to record a new podcast with his co-host comedian Mike Bouchetti called the Artie Lange Halfway House.
Just listened to Halfway House episode #3 with guest fellow comedian Gilbert Gottfried (the former voice of AFLAC duck). This is comedy gold.
I’m not planning on reviewing podcasts at this site at the present time (somewhat out of our scope), but will follow with interest periodically the careers of some actors and actresses. Artie may not be an A-lister, he might not even be considered a C-lister, but I think he has at least one great comedy movie in him someday, hopefully, if only he can stay away from addictive substances. Sincerely, I wish him all the best STAYING clean and sober. I put his Twitter handle in the headline intentionally. Wish him well, especially if you’re a fan.