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Of all the numbskull things to do, you rode right through a stop sign? That's why it says stop, pinhead! 'Cause you're supposed to stop! If that kid reports us, you know the fine I gotta pay?

Artie the Boss is Hal's employer at the Ice Cream Men's Association, where he employs several other ice cream men as well. He only appears in "Ben Screams for Ice Cream."

Unbeknownst to Bessie (who thought she was speaking to Hal), she told Artie that Hal drove through a stop sign, enraging him. He scolds Hal very harshly when he returns from work, and Hal afterwards becomes bitter towards his customers.

Later, Artie meets with Bessie, Ben and Happy for a business deal, which proves successful. He is voiced by guest star Artie Lange, a famous comedian.


After Hal drives through a stop sign, a concerned Bessie calls the number on the back of his truck (555-CONE), which turns out to be the phone number for Artie's business. Bessie, who believes she is speaking to Hal, tells Artie that he drove through a stop sign, causing Artie to temporarily choke on his ice cream. He hangs up after getting all the information he needs.

Once Hal returns to park his truck, Artie yells his employee's name. He is very cold while criticizing him, calling Hal a "numbskull" and "pinhead." Artie is especially worried over Bessie reporting him, which would mean Artie would have to pay a fine. Hal tries to explain himself, but Artie interrupts him and threatens that if Hal makes one more mistake, he will be fired.

Later, on Bessie and Ben's doorstep, they discover a half-eaten choco-banana. Alongside Happy, the trio proceed to conduct business negotiations with Artie, Hal and the other members of the Ice Cream Men's Association. Artie clarifies that while he means no disrespect, he cannot tolerate someone cutting into his ice cream profits.

Bessie comes up with a proposal: the ice cream men will start selling choco-bananas, under the condition that Hal start selling ice cream again in San Francisco (as he had stopped doing so in anger at Bessie tattling on her). Artie discusses it with his employees, eats his ice cream cone and writes down "O.K." on the wrapper, securing ice cream in San Francisco once again.

Physical appearance

Artie is a short man with light skin and brown hair, though he appears to be balding. He also has a five o' clock shadow. Artie wears a gray pork-pie hat with a black stripe along with a gray business suit and blue pants. He has a light blue undershirt, dark blue tie and black shoes.



  • Artie is never referred to by name in the episode, but a sign showing his name appears. He is named "Artie the Boss" in the closing credits.
    • It is likely he is named after his voice actor.
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