Howard Stern contributor Artie Lange is returning to his roots at Fox.
Comic-thesp, who got his start as one of the original cast members on “Mad TV,” has inked a series development and talent holding deal with the net. Pact calls for Lange to topline projects in both primetime and latenight.
In addition, Lange — along with Peter Principato and Paul Young of Principato Young Entertainment — will serve as producers of any projects developed specifically for Lange.
Fox exec VP of casting Marcia Schulman called Lange a unique character “with a truly authentic voice.”
“You walk down the street with him, and he’s everyone’s friend, just totally approachable,” she added.
Lange appears daily on Stern’s Sirius radiocast. He followed Stern to the satcaster from Stern’s previous, nationally syndicated ayem show.
Earlier this year, Lange wrote, produced and starred in the feature “Beer League,” which will be released on DVD next month. He’s also filmed guest turns this year on “Rescue Me” and “Entourage.”
Lange, repped by CAA, also remains active on the standup circuit, selling out stands at Carnegie Hall and Beantown’s Symphony Hall. His other feature credits include “Old School” and “Elf.”