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The Story Behind Artie Lange’s Breakdown

By Rob Eshman

February 27, 2014 | 4:27 pm

Artie Lange in 2013

A reader of this blog sent me her story on Artie Lange, which I'll repost below.  It's a sanitized promotion-oriented piece, true, but I still read it with interest.  I haven't followed... read on

  • A Howard Stern Birthday Bash Blog

    By Rob Eshman

    January 30, 2014 | 11:15 am

    I devoted my column in this week's Jewish Journal to Howard Stern.  Second time in 13 years of columns.  I wanted to do something timed to his high-profile birthday bash, and the connection between Howard and a very controversial, interesting piece in last Sunday's New York Times... read on

  • Terry Gross v. Howard Stern

    By Rob Eshman

    July 24, 2012 | 3:02 pm

    This is a blog post with an unfair headline.

    In her interview with Andrew Goldman in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, NPR Fresh Air host Terry Gross has very nice things to say about Howard Stern.  Here’s the good parts:

    AG: When you interviewed Gene Simmons in 2002, he said some... read on

  • Howard Stern and the Parents Television Council Fallacy

    By Rob Eshman

    May 15, 2012 | 2:30 am

    Why do journalists covering Howard Stern’s debut on NBC’s America’s Got Talent tonight keep quoting the Parents Television Council opposition to Stern as somehow important?

    Howard Stern went national tonight—and America’s most reviled DJ began the transformation into... read on

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  • Sacha Baron Cohen To Howard Stern: You inspired me [AUDIO]

    By Rob Eshman

    May 8, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    Sacha Baron Cohen spoke to Howard Stern Tuesday morning, not as Borat or Bruno or The Dictator, but as an even more elusive character: Sacha Baron Cohen.

    The British comedian famously refuses to do interviews out of character, even going so far as appearing at this year’s Academy... read on

  • Elle MacPherson Is Passive Agressive, Not Anti-Semitic [AUDIO]

    By Rob Eshman

    March 15, 2012 | 11:14 am

    The web is buzzing over whether supermodel Elle MacPherson made anti-semitic comments during her Howard Stern Show appearance.  She didn’t—but she did say something awful.

    Howard asked her whether she had any photos of herself hanging in her house, and Elle said she did have one, a... read on

  • America’s Got (Howard’s) Talent

    By Rob Eshman

    February 24, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    The cultural conservatives who boosted their profiles and filled their coffers by attacking Howard Stern back in the 80s and 90s had to have had mixed feelings when Howard went over to Sirius satellite radio in 2004.

    On the one hand, he was finally off the public airwaves, where he... read on

  • Fartman, Stern, and the MAD Roots of It All

    By Rob Eshman

    June 24, 2011 | 7:15 pm

    I was reading Mary-Lou Weisman’s biography of Al Jaffee, the legendary cartoonist and writer for MAD magazine, and came across Jaffee’s drawing of his first childhood superhero, a man his father called “Fartman.”  Fartman was a fat old European who sat on a park bench in Al’s first... read on

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