On last night's edition of "The Artie Lange Show" that visited New Orleans for the entire week prior to the Super Bowl, Artie's guest was sportscaster Joe Buck. On Joe's premiere HBO show "Joe Buck Live," (warning the video is graphic), Artie literally ripped Joe a new one back in 2009 on his premiere episode. Artie contributed to HBO's decision to cancel his show after only three airings, but he continues his friendship with Artie. Joe even wrote the forward to Artie's book, "Crash and Burn."
Artie offered his apologies to Joe once again, for the outrageous and foul-mouthed performance, but Joe has since forgiven Artie for the indiscretion, in fact, the quick-witted Buck traded barbs with Lange on the show. Lange paid the ultimate tribute to Joe's father Jack, with a great impression of him. Artie always closes his show with the voice of Jack Buck.
Along with that apology, Lange mentioned that he felt bad about the racist comments said by 49er Chris Culliver on his show. Chris will attend sensitivity training after the game.
Another guest was the Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern, who cooked for the cast while they were broadcasting. He made Vietnamese street food, which Artie had graphic descriptions for. Both he and Andrew grew up eating New York street food and Andrew told him that if he could eat that food, he could eat anything. Joe Buck did not anticipate spending his Super Bowl Sunday in the bathroom. He grew up in St. Louis on barbeque, but dined on what they called delicious treats.
Joe spoke about how the fact that he had a famous father hurt his career and to this day, the negativity still emerges. Andrew told Joe that kids who never heard of his father, have all the respect for his abilities. They even spoke about how social media, like Facebook and Twitter have changed the face of reporting. They mentioned how derogatory comments on such sites can affect one's performance. Joe Buck mentioned that his name rhymed with a familiar word that he is frequently called. Andrew chimed in with a similar reference on his social media sites; he is called the same noun and told to stop talking with his mouth open and constantly referred to as; "you fat __ck." Lange then told a story about when he was in rehab, during a group therapy session, nobody knew who he was. The moderator pulled out a laptop and wanted to boost everyone's self-esteem by having them Google themselves, and she guaranteed they would all feel better about themselves. About four people did this and were surprised how many nice things were said about them. Artie did not want to do this but was egged on. The first thing they saw was his head superimposed on a pig's body and next to him was Satan wearing a collegiate sweater with the word "heroin" on it and Artie is giving oral sex to Satan. The woman was horrified and there were ten million hits. As she started to cry, he thanked her for it and told her that he felt fantastic.
Artie's next guest on his last night in "The Big Easy," was wide receiver of the Cincinnati Bengals, Andrew Hawkins. Hawkins played the Ravens the last week of the season and believes that the 49ers will win the game.
Artie's next guest, along with his frequent co-host, Brent Stover from CBS Sports was actor and comedian, Anthony Anderson. This guy does it all. He is currently there filming the movie "Grudge Match" with Robert DeNiro, Sylvester Stallone, Alan Arkin, Kevin Hart and Kim Basinger. Anthony had nothing but good to say about his co-stars. Anthony loves football and has been given tickets to several previous Super Bowls and did not score tickets to this one. Anthony spoke about his "Guys with Kids" show and how much he liked doing a sitcom since Law & Order. When asked who he was rooting for, Anthony joined the rest of the guests rooting for the 49ers, even though Ray Lewis is a good friend of his. He became a Ravens fan while attending Howard University in Washington, D.C.
The last guest after the music by the band Rotary Downs, was Mark Kriegel of the NFL Network who predicted the 49ers will win. Artie asked him if the sentiment that Chris Culliver expressed was the feeling across the NFL? They agreed that it is a macho thing where men congregate and have been for ages. Artie said that he was waiting for the "gay Jackie Robinson" to emerge and take the stigma away from the fact of being gay. He mentioned how Ellen DeGeneres came out, and now she has her own show and millions of dollars in endorsements.
Along with the guests, Artie's regulars; Mike Bocchetti, his announcer added to the festivities by donning several costumes for skits with frequent guest Brock and the twins, Liz and Marie Canavan got to have a race in the show opener with a dip in a fountain thrown in for good measure.