So sit back, relax, and enjoy as “The Joke Man” riffs on his one-of-a-kind career in show business, Howard Stern and the gang, and his very unique life—an American success story like no other.
For eighteen years, comedian Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling was a fixture of radio and television’s The Howard Stern Show. He was born and raised in East Norwich, a tiny hamlet on the glorious North Shore of Long Island, New York. He graduated in 1966 from Oyster Bay High School and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1971.
Jackie left the Stern show in 2001 after working his way up to head writer of the radio show, four television series, and three Pay-Per-Views. He’s released six dirty joke CDs on Oglio Records: The Joke Man, Sgt. Pecker, Hot Dogs & Donuts, Come Again?!, F. Jackie, and snart, as well as three videos, five joke books, and countless joke gadgets of all kinds, for children as well as adults. He is the author of Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling’s Disgustingly Dirty Joke Book. He lives on Long Island, NY.
In his hilarious third book, the two-time bestselling author, comedian, actor, and radio icon explains the philosophy that has kept his existence boredom-free since the age of 13—the love of risk. An avid sports better and frequent card player, Lange believes that the true gambler gets high not from winning, but from the chaotic unknown of betting itself. He recounts some of his favorite moments, many of which haven't involved money at all. In this candid and entertaining memoir, he looks back at the times he's wagered the intangible and priceless things in life: his health, his career, and his relationships. The stories found in Wanna Bet? paint a portrait of a man who would just as quickly bet tens of thousands of dollars on a coin toss as he would a well thought out NBA or NFL wager. Along for the ride are colorful characters from Artie's life who live by the same creed, from a cast of childhood friends to peers like comedian and known gambler Norm McDonald. The book is a tour of a subculture where bookies and mobsters, athletes and celebrities ride the gambling roller coaster for the love of the rush. Through it all, somehow Artie has come out ahead, though he does take a few moments to imagine his life if things hadn't quite gone his way. Unrepentant and unrestrained, the book is Lange at his finest.