Artie started off the show explaining how he didn't feel well yesterday: "I don't know what to tell ya. You're a good guy, Howard - you don't want to fire anybody...I don't know if I can do it anymore. The schedule."
Artie asked what Howard might say if he asked scale back his schedule, so Howard replied: "I would say you've been a great asset to the show and you're a friend...if you can't handle it and it's affecting you, I'd understand...you gave it a shot and if it didn't work, it didn't work. You gave it a great eight years."
Artie confessed he made the "fundamental" mistake of booking too many stand-up gigs this year: "It's ridiculous. I don't know how I'm handling this." Artie added that he wants to see how well he can do with no weekend stand-up gigs - and just his duties on the show.
Howard thought it sounded worth a shot: "He's got comedy shows the next three weeks in a row."