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November 23, 2018

Artie Lange leaves Pennsylvania rehab center to perform at comedy club

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Artie Lange attends the Los Angeles premiere of HBO's "Crashing" in February 2017 in Hollywood.

Comedian Artie Lange left a Pennsylvania drug rehab center to perform at a central New Jersey comedy club on Thanksgiving eve.

The former Howard Stern sidekick, who has battled cocaine and opioids for many years, traveled the 90-plus miles – with permission – from the Retreat inpatient addiction center in Ephrata, Lancaster County, to the Stress Factory club in New Brunswick.


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He'll hit the road again Saturday for an 8 p.m. show at the Sarcasm Comedy Club at Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill. (Tickets are $30.)

On Wednesday, Lange tweeted that he had been clean for 18 days.


After the Stress Factory show, he returned to the Ephrata facility to spend Thanksgiving.

In June, Lange was sentenced to four years of probation on a guilty plea to possession of heroin after he was stopped by police on the Garden State Parkway and found to have 81 decks of the drug in his car, NJ.com reported.

According to reports, the 51-year-old Lange twice violated the terms of his probation in October by testing positive for drugs. He could be sent to jail.


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