Artie Lange reveals his nose's deformity is due to drug abuse and a run-in with a bookie.
Comedian Artie Lange, who's known for his work on the Howard Stern Show and MadTV, opened up on the reason why his nose is busted. The comedian appeared on "Are We Still Talking About This?" podcast and revealed that the reason his nose is deformed is due to his years of abusing drugs as well as a kidnapping related to a $62K debt.
Artie Lange revealed that reason why he doesn't have a septum in his nose anymore. His drug use is no secret to anyone and that did play a factor to why his nose is deformed. But, it's also related to a gambling debt that he owed a bookie which resulted in a kidnapping.
"I still gamble a lot. That was my worst vice for a long time was gambling because it led to everything else. I’m the kind of guy, it just escalates,” he said. "I owed a bookie 62 grand, and a kid who worked for a bookie, we’ll call him an African-American, he was collecting, and he thought I was a billionaire because he saw me on TV and he kidnapped me.”
He further explained that he knocked him out for 10 minutes before waking up in the kid's van. The kid allegedly wanted $100K but Lange told him to think twice about what he's doing since he's friends with the bookie. However, getting punched in the face and getting kidnapped is what ultimately screwed his nose up.
“It destroyed my nose,” he said. “The septum from the abuse from the years of drugs and this hit broke it and I’ve had two operations and you know, it’s just in bad shape. It’s a scar from years of s–t.”