Since the show was on HBO, some of the language is NSFW. However, it's also priceless. Especially if you're not a fan of Joe Buck. So check it out when you get a chance.
Artie Lange was pretty typical, really. He completely roasted Buck, and sometimes hit a little too close to home. And by sometimes, I mean it was almost constant. But the real fun didn't begin until they reached the "Overtime" section of the show, which was where Artie REALLY went off.
HBO responded to Lange's over-the-top (but hilarious) act, saying that it was mean spirited and bordered on bad taste. I'll go ahead and say that it was worse than that. It didn't border on bad taste. It was in horrible taste. It wasn't mean spirited, it was downright cruel. If it were actually in jest, it would have been fine. But his comments, especially the ones criticizing Buck's awkwardness in the broadcasting booth, were dead on.
The verdict: Lange's a jerk, but he was hilarious. And Joe Buck is definitely not prepared to handle this "white on white crime", as Michael Irvin called it. Perhaps this will be a wake up call to Buck, and will let him know that if he doesn't want people to make fun of him on his live TV show, then maybe he should suck less.
Just a thought.
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