Howard Stern Sidekick Artie Lange Hospitalized Troubled comedian canceled numerous December appeareances By M. Morris, Newser Staff Posted Jan 3, 2010 2:09 PM CST 7 comments Comments Comedian and actor Artie Lange, from the Howard Stern radio show, at the inaugural Howard Stern Film Festival in New York, April 27, 2006. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson) (Newser) – Comedian Artie Lange, Howard Stern's volatile sidekick, is in the hospital in New Jersey but hasn't said why. The troubled comic's agent released a statement saying, "We can confirm that Artie is in the hospital. Artie has chosen to keep all information on this matter between him and his doctor." Lange, 42, has battled substance abuse and was busted for DUI in 2008, E! reports.