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Artie Fletcher: New York City Bad Boy
Well, we figured what better type of comic to bring over for Passover and Easter week than Howard Stern regular and New York Bad Boy, Artie Fletcher. Not to be confused with Artie Lange, Fletcher also has a raw style, but he tries to be nice about it. Like Artie Lange, Fletcher also has a best-selling comedy book out released in 2012. Yes, he sells them after the shows.
Unlike most comics, Artie Fletcher began his career as a serious hard-working actor in New York. Best known for his three seasons on Law & Order: Criminal Intent playing Detective Graziano (a character he reprised on both Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU as well) where he co-starred with Vincent D’Onofrio. It’s when cast members and the producers of Law & Order noticed Artie’s comedic ability that he began to think seriously about doing stand-up comedy. Artie teamed up with New York ‘Rat Pack’ comics Dave Attell, Jim Norton, Jim Florentine as well as the late, great Greg Giraldo.
Artie was a hit performer at Caroline’s Comedy Club on Broadway in NYC and a regular at the Cellar. He got his big break in Las Vegas in the early 2000’s when he was asked to co-star on the big stage with Dianna Ross and then went on to co-star with Bette Midler.
Artie makes the rounds on late night talk shows with Conan and Letterman but may be best remembered for his humorous run-in with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show. It went something like this: ‘So, How do you feel about your first time on the Tonight Show with me,’ asked Leno. Artie replied, ‘It’s been great so far, I even got to take a look at Conan’s dressing room just down the hall.’ Leno chuckled but then to straighten things up he said, ‘I know you’re just kidding but seriously I was a big fan of yours on Law & Order, that’s why you’re here doing your comedy thing.’ Artie responded, ‘Yeah well, that’s really cool but I was really hoping to do Conan.’ Leno did not find this to be the answer he was looking for. Though the audience laughed loudly, Jay was clearly less than entertained. Oddly, Leno did bring Artie back on his show two seasons later as a guest.
Though Artie always wanted to be on the Soprano’s and even looks a lot like Tony Soprano, he was always cast as a cop or detective on network television. Today Artie makes his home in South Florida where he has his own syndicated radio show. See him live this weekend at Stanford & Sons at the Legends with Saint Louis rock and roll comic Butch Lord. Call (913)400-7500 for more information. Happy Easter!