‘Medicated Pete’ McHeffey, below, shows off a frame from the remake of ‘D.O.A.,’ in which he stars as a doomed man. Above, three trailers for the film.  (Click to enlarge)


For some celebrities, it’s hard to get out of the house without being mobbed by overzealous fans and tailed by paparazzi. Simple activities like shopping and dining out can turn into a media circus.

But others – in a tacit pact with their fans – find it easy to walk their hometown streets or saddle up at a favorite bar, left with some breathing room. Think Bruce Springsteen in Asbury Park.

In Red Bank, it’s Pete McHeffey, known better to the world as Medicated Pete, a prime cog among “The Howard Stern Show’s” notorious Wack Pack.

McHeffey’s four-year run with Stern’s TV and radio shows and related promotional appearances have brought the 37-year-old Red Bank native national fame. Now, “Dead On Arrival,” a remake of a classic 1950 film noir “D.O.A.,” is scheduled for online release March 1, with McHeffey in the starring role of a man investigating his own murder. Plans for a TV show are in the works, McHeffey said.
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Funnyman Artie Lange, seen at the mic as co-host of the NICK & ARTIE SHOW, returns to the Count Basie Theatre on Saturday in advance of his new book CRASH AND BURN.


Google the name Artie Lange and you’ll get way too many references to the phrase “train wreck.” Even for a public figure who’s never shied away from candid discussion of his substance abuse issues, on-air meltdowns and multiple stints in rehab, it seems a bit harsh — as if the star of standup stage, screens and satellite is being dogged by a destiny that comes rushing up like the proverbial northbound train on a southbound track.

Still, if you’re one of the famously Too Fat to Fish funnyman’s legion of loyal fans, you cannot look away — and this Saturday night, you’ll get another local look at the Jersey-bred jokester who’s mined genuine gold from pain, substance abuse, self-loathing and suicidal depression, when the boards of  the Count Basie Theatre creak for an encore stand by Lange.

A followup to a sold-out Basie gig of a few seasons back, the show finds the comic (best known for his long tenure on the Howard Stern radio show) at one of his intermittently scheduled career high points: as co-pilot of a new sports-talk vehicle (Nick & Artie with Nick Di Paolo); as a theater-filling Phoenix who keeps flapping back up from a series of personal and professional fails; and as author of a soon-to-be-released memoir entitled, wait for it, Crash and Burn.

The Lively Arts Desk at redbankgreen got the skinny on the Crash and Burn from Lange, and it’s just a flip of a page away.

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A camera crew with HowardTV On Demand, Howard Stern’s uncensored cable channel, spent Tuesday in the Red Bank Public Library and on the streets of town with resident Peter McHeffey, known to Stern fans as “Medicated Pete.” The segment, hosted by Howard100 reporter Jon Leiberman, left, will focus on a day in the life of Pete, who lives with Tourette’s Syndrome. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)