Dirty Work is a 1998 comedy buddy film starring Norm Macdonald, Artie Lange, Jack Warden, and Traylor Howard, and directed by Bob Saget. In the film, long-time friends Mitch (Macdonald) and Sam (Lange) start a revenge-for-hire business, and work to fund heart surgery for Sam's father Pops (Warden). When they take on work for an unscrupulous businessman, in order to be paid, they create a revenge scheme of their own.
The film was the first starring vehicle for Macdonald and Lange. It was the first feature film directed by Saget, coming one year after he left his long-running role as host of America's Funniest Home Videos.
Though the film received broadly negative reviews from critics, and earned low box office returns, it has become a cult classic. Co-star Artie Lange later became a regular on The Howard Stern Show where the film was sometimes discussed.
Growing up, friends Mitch Weaver (Norm Macdonald) and Sam McKenna (Artie Lange) are taught by Sam's hard-nosed dad Pops McKenna (Jack Warden) not to "take crap from anyone". To that end, the pair get a bully arrested for (planted) gun possession, and catch a kid-fondling crossing guard in the act with glue.
In their adult lives,