Doug Stanhope
American stand-up comedian, actor, and author
Doug Stanhope
Douglas Gene "Doug" Stanhope is an American stand-up comedian, actor and author known for his abrasive comedy style.
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Critic’s Notebook: Doug Stanhope’s ‘Beer Hall Putsch,’ a Stand-Up Album
NYTimes - over 3 years
Doug Stanhope’s righteous scorn and unsparing logic are on full display in his new stand-up comedy special, “Beer Hall Putsch.”     
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Gina Barreca: What Happens When Women Tell Rape Jokes?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
What happens when women tell rape jokes? Is it against the rules? Can there even be rules when it comes to something as bizarre as combining the two words "rape" and "joke"? Let's start with Sarah Silverman, who embodies the shattering of every comedy rule. She appears in complete control over any situation and as far beyond anyone else's control as a falling star or a wild animal. Comically brilliant, and filthily funny, she's a puzzle society must solve. Silverman relies on the outsider's recognition of society's deeply entrenched moral hypocrisy. Her deviance has increasingly become the essence of her self-definition, and rape jokes a staple of her routine. "I was raped by a doctor," declares Silverman and smiles sweetly before adding, "So bittersweet for a Jewish girl." But she saves the killer line for last: "I need more rape jokes," she explains, unblinkingly making a direct appeal to the audience. "Who's going to complain about rape jokes? Rape victims?" ...
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Alf LaMont: A Degree in Stand Up: Coming to a College Near You
Huffington Post - about 4 years
I remember sitting in my office in 2010 and reading Doug Stanhope's evisceration of stand-up comedy classes. I remember it very clearly, in fact, because at the time I was deep into strategizing how a "traditional" comedy club could become the next Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater. UCB was at the time, the dominant force in L.A. comedy, producing some of the most innovative shows, with some of the hottest talent and charging next to nothing, while raking in the cash,with their much sought-after improv classes. At least that's what I assumed at the time. I can't say for sure that UCB is rolling in cash and that they should pay their comics. I had thought at the time, that offering stand-up classes akin to their improv classes would be a great source of extra income and it would finally legitimize the game that comedy clubs have been playing with their employees where stage time and "access" are seen as "extras" to make up for sub par wages. "A class costs this much, so ...
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A Definitive Guide To NYC's Comedy Scene
Huffington Post - about 4 years
This is where comedy works -- where people are the most miserable," Doug Stanhope lamented as he walked the streets of New York City at the beginning of his special, No Refunds. Maybe it is the misery, dirt and exhaustion that comes with life in NYC that fosters great comedic voices; an optimist would say its the city's vibrancy, diversity, and bustling energy. Either way, it's impossible to deny that no place does comedy like New York. Though in the past, we've looked at the stellar comedy scenes of both Los Angeles and Austin, I'll faithfully defend New York as the greatest comedy city in the world.
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Comedy First
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Stand-up Duncan Trussell is no guru. by Andrew R Tonry DESPITE HOSTING a podcast where he regularly quotes Ram Dass, expounds the virtues of hallucinogenic drugs, and beckons listeners to unfurl their "psychic tendrils" before delving deep into the dark corners of conspiracy, philosophy, metaphysics, Duncan Trussell insists he's a comedian first—and certainly not a guru. Nonetheless, the mix of comedy and philosophy on his podcast, The Duncan Trussell Family Hour—and in his live stand-up—is producing real-world effects. "This guy came up to me who was a military contractor," Trussell tells me over coffee. "He was crying. He said he would listen to [the podcast] when he was in Afghanistan. He said, 'A lot of the shit happening out there is just really fucking bad, and listening to you guys made me realize that I didn't have to stick to this career path for the rest of my life, so I quit and I left and I thank you.'" Trussell wa ...
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Mike Ragogna: Chatting With The Doors' John Densmore, Comedian Doug Stanhope and The Royal Potato Family's Marco Benevento
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A Conversation With The Doors' John Densmore Mike Ragogna: Hey John, welcome to Solar-Powered KRUU-FM. John Densmore: Wow, I'm feeling the sun! MR: if you were "Waiting For The Sun," you wouldn't have to wait any longer. JD: [laughs] Solar-powered, no more waiting. MR: Thanks, John. Okay, let's talk about the release, Live At The Bowl '68. It's a classic film and CD, and this newly remastered Blu-ray and CD have three bonus tracks plus material, all the music having been remixed. JD: Yeah. Previously, we didn't think it could be done and as you hear on one of the comment tracks, our longtime engineer Bruce Botnick had to--I think on "Hello, I Love You"--patch together several different performances. But he was the original engineer who recorded all this stuff, so it's allowed because he did it with love and he technically understood how. MR: Can you give a little background as far as what your impressions were of that tour and that particular performan ...
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Mike Birbiglia Brings Sundance Award Winning 'Sleepwalk With Me' to Area Theaters
Burke Patch - over 4 years
Those who live in the Washington area can rightly claim Mike Birbiglia as their own.  He was inspired to take up stand-up comedy while studying screenwriting at Georgetown University.  He has risen to the top of his career, selling out shows all over the globe, and releasing numerous successful recordings. Now, the feature film adaptation of his critically-acclaimed one-man show, "Sleepwalk With Me", which won this year's Best of Next award at Sundance Film Festival, is coming to a limited number of big screens near us.   The movie is the true story of how Birbiglia discovers he has rapid eye movement behavior disorder — a serious and rare type of sleepwalking — how he deals with it, his romantic relationship of eight years, and the challenges of building a stand-up comedy career.  Ira Glass produces the film.   Cinema Siren sat down with Mike and talked about how he has built his career, “Sleepwalk With Me,” why doing stand-up never stops being terrifying and what he has plan ...
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Going out: Aug. 3
Blue Ridge Now - over 4 years
Movies Co-ed Cinema, 79 W. Main St., Brevard, 883-2200. Showing through Thursday: "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" rated PG-13. Showing daily: 1 p.m. "The Dark Knight Rises," rated PG-13. Showing daily: 4, 8 p.m. Info: Flat Rock Cinema, 2700 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, 697-2463. All tickets $7.50. Showing through Tuesday: "The Dark Knight Rises," rated PG-13, 7 p.m.; "People like Us," rated PG-13, 4 p.m. Showing Wednesday and Thursday: "Hope Springs," rated PG-13 1, 4, 7 p.m. Info:; 828-697-2463. Epic Theatres of Hendersonville, 200 Thompson St. Shows through Thursday: "Brave," 2D, Rated PG, 12:50, 3:10, 5:35, 8, 10:25 p.m.; "The Amazing Spider-Man," 2D, Rated PG-13, 1, 4, 7:15, 10:15 p.m.; "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days," rated PG, 12:20, 2:35, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20 p.m. "Ice Age: Continental Drift," 2D, Rated PG, 2, 4:20, 6:35, 8:50 p.m.; "Magic Mike," Rated R, 4:20, 9:45 p.m.; "Moonrise Kingdom," Rated PG-13, 12:50, 3:05, 5:20, 7:35 p ...
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Doug Stanhope Wins ‘Best Advice Given To Daniel Tosh Advice About This Rape Joke Nonsense’
The Superficial - over 4 years
For those of you blissfully clueless to this retarded controversy drummed up for Internet hits that I’m not even going to pretend I’m not shamelessly soaking up right now, according to some chick’s Tumblr, Daniel Tosh made comments about rape jokes being funny and her friend (Who, of her own admission, was only there to Read More ...
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Friday’s media round-up
Heave Media - almost 5 years
Amy Dittmeier Whoever this man is, he’s becoming my new husband. Someone actually built a fully functioning (well, to an extent) Iron Man cosplay costume, complete with glowing lights and moving parts. I can’t fathom how long this took to build, but if he was a virgin before he sure ain’t now. Matt Consolazio In the sports realm, the Washington Nationals highly touted prospect Bryce Harper was called up to the major leagues after less than a year spent in the minors. The 19-year-old kid is the second coming of Babe Ruth, and projected to become one of the best hitters of all time. Got off to a great start showing off his cannon from left field and gunning someone out at the plate on the fly. He is also hitting a stellar .385 in his first four games. Welcome to a new era, gents. Patrick Gill This is what happens after senior citizens learn to use the internet. And I love it. The giggling lady in red is my favorite. Cory Clifford I finally got around to listening to ...
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Doug Stanhope - Comic shocks and delights
Guardian - almost 5 years
REVIEW: Doug Stanhope at The Engine Shed, Lincoln, Tuesday 17th April
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Doug Stanhope tells how he once vomited on stage
3 News - almost 5 years
Comedian Doug Stanhope has recounted how he once left an audience horrified after vomiting onstage in the middle of a stand-up routine.
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Comedy: Doug Stanhope - drunken chaos and political rambling
This is Bristol - almost 5 years
Doug Stanhope is one of America's most popular and successful comedians. Liz Webster catches up with him as he brings his UK tour...
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Music: Music Review: Doug Stanhope: Before Turning The Gun On Himself
A.V. Club - almost 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-69118" href="/Doug+Stanhope+1">Doug Stanhope</a> has talked enough to fill 12 CDs and DVDs. The problem, as he posits on the new Before Turning The Gun On Himself, is that nobody has been listening. The album ends with an 11-minute reprimand of fans who, say, write to tell him how much sense his anti-marriage tirade makes, only to follow up that they’re getting married. “In 20 years of comedy, I’ve probably had a dozen good points,” he says. “But that whole changing-the-world thing never kicked in.” He wonders, later in the bit, if comedy was worth it at all, or if ...
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Doug Stanhope Unleashes New Album “Before Turning The Gun On Himself”
Icon vs. Icon - almost 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-69118" href="/Doug+Stanhope+1">Doug Stanhope</a>, the ferociously honest and outrageously uninhibited comedian will digitally release Before Turning The Gun On Himself tomorrow, March 6, 2012.  The album is available through iTunes. The live companion DVD will be out at a later date. See the full track listing below and listen to “Dr. Drew is to Medicine what David Blaine Is To Science” now. Recorded [...]
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Doug Stanhope unleashes comedy with no apologies - about 5 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian <a class="fplink fp-69118" href="/doug+stanhope+1">Doug Stanhope</a> makes no apologies for his uninhibited, controversial dark comedy, and with fans and friends like Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K., why should he?
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Our EXCLUSIVE interview with Doug Stanhope
Crave Online - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-69118" href="/doug+stanhope">Doug Stanhope</a> had our pick for best album of the year. Now he's telling us why. 
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EMMYS: Q&A With Louis CK Of 'Louie' -
Google News - over 5 years
Doug Stanhope is a fucking phenomenal comedian, honest and really funny and working really hard right now. I haven&#39;t seen Patton Oswalt in a while, but I really love him onstage. Maria Bamford is terrific. And I still love Bill Cosby and Steven Wright
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Doug Stanhope - Oslo: Burning the Bridge to Nowhere - The List
Google News - over 5 years
In a short introduction to this wonderfully unhinged film, Doug Stanhope (glass of lager clamped in hand) prepares the viewer to expect the unprofessional. Anyone picking up a copy of Oslo: Burning the Bridge to Nowhere anticipating a Live at the
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Tom Lamont's Edinburgh notes - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Cult US comic Doug Stanhope: &#39;Comedians are the last group of people who will unionise.&#39; Photograph: Bobby Bank/WireImage ■ Minor fringe trend of 2011: mid-show treats for the audience. At The Caroline Carter Show at Zoo Roxy, free Jack Daniel&#39;s is
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Doug Stanhope
  • 2016
    Age 48
    In June 2016, actress Amber Heard sued Stanhope for his “defamatory” claim that she was blackmailing her ex-husband Johnny Depp.
    More Details Hide Details The lawsuit was later dropped. At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Stanhope won the Strathmore Press Award in 2002. Stanhope was the winner of the 1995 San Francisco International Comedy Competition where he edged out Dane Cook in a three-week contest. Stanhope started a fundraiser for a woman and her family after her home was destroyed by the 2013 Moore tornado on May 20, 2013. The survivor of the tornado, Rebecca Vitsmun, gained international attention by the viral media, as well as criticism by Christians, after declaring herself an atheist on live national television. Stanhope, along with Penn Jillette, Ricky Gervais, and others contributed and raised $125,760 for the woman and her family. Stanhope stated, "If you think it didn't take balls, you've never been to Oklahoma. Saying 'I'm an atheist' in Oklahoma is like screaming jihad at airport security. That took some nuts. I didn't do it because I felt sympathy because she got all her shit destroyed by a tornado. I did it simply to be a prick to her Okie Christian neighbors, hoping they were all eating off their FEMA trucks when someone drove up and presented Rebecca with a giant cardboard check " "Charity feels good, even when you're doing it as a big 'Fuck You' to Christians who you've pre-judged, and not because you care about someone losing their shit. Realizing you've actually changed an individual's life.
  • 2015
    Age 47
    He shot the special No Place Like Home on November 21, 2015, at the Bisbee Royale in Bisbee, Arizona.
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    In May 2015, Doug announced that he was writing a book about his life with his mother, an occasional subject in his comedy.
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  • 2014
    Age 46
    On May 5, 2014, Stanhope announced on the Howard Stern Show that he was working with actor Johnny Depp on a show.
    More Details Hide Details According to Stanhope, Depp befriended him in Europe and had an unknown project in mind for Stanhope. Doug appeared on Bar Rescue as Jon Taffer's guest to watch the recon of the Pomona, California bar Friar Tucks in an episode called "Storming the Castle".
    In 2014, "the Doug Stanhope Podcast" was hosted by the All Things Comedy network.
    More Details Hide Details Stanhope is an outspoken critic of Dr. Drew Pinsky, calling him "the Joseph Goebbels propaganda minister of lies" because of Pinsky's views on drug addiction and drug abuse, and stated on his standup album Before Turning the Gun on Himself that Pinsky would "step over a dozen dying winos in the street to get to Lindsay Lohan's bedside" because of Pinsky's claim that he is a "celebrity rehab expert". On August 24, his new special, Beer Hall Putsch, was released exclusively to Netflix. The special was made available on CD on September 17, 2013, with a DVD set for November 26, 2013.
    He had a supporting role in the 2014 Chris Rock film Top Five, playing a police officer.
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  • 2013
    Age 45
    On February 16, 2013, Stanhope debuted his eponymous podcast, recorded out of his home in Bisbee, Arizona.
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  • 2012
    Age 44
    In 2012, Stanhope originally supported Ron Paul for U.S. president, but later endorsed Libertarian Gary Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details The Doug Stanhope Podcast, hosted by Stanhope, featuring guests from the comedy world and his hometown in Bisbee, Arizona. The podcast has varied times and doesn't have a specific schedule. It is often recorded at The Fun House, Doug Stanhope's compound in Bisbee, AZ., but is also recorded on the road or at various locations of other podcasters. When shared with another podcaster, the episode is released as a "swapcast" and uploaded by both Doug Stanhope and the other podcaster.
  • 2011
    Age 43
    He appeared on the FX television show Louie as Eddie, a fictional comedian that Louis C.K. knew 20 years earlier when they first started performing, in the season 2 episode entitled "Eddie," first aired on August 11, 2011.
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    In cooperation with the mayor of Reykjavík, comedian Jón Gnarr, Stanhope scheduled a performance in Iceland's only maximum security prison, Litla-Hraun, for September 25, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Fans who wanted to watch the show would have to commit a crime; for them he invented the 'Stanhope defense'.
  • 2010
    Age 42
    On November 17, 2010, Stanhope signed to rock and metal label Roadrunner Records to launch their new comedy label, Roadrunner Comedy.
    More Details Hide Details On May 3, 2011, the album was released: Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere.
    In 2010, Stanhope aired a series of vignettes during Newswipe with Charlie Brooker in the UK.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013 he did the same during "Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe".
  • 2009
    Age 41
    Stanhope's seventh album, From Across The Street, was released on November 24, 2009.
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    His live show was placed in the top 5 of the 20 Best Live Shows of 2009 by London's The Guardian newspaper.
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  • 2008
    Age 40
    In 2008, Stanhope's 63-year-old mother Bonnie, who suffered from emphysema, killed herself with a heavy cocktail of White Russians and prescription morphine.
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  • 2006
    Age 38
    His live show was voted "Best Comedy Performance of the Year" by Time Out New York for both 2006 and 2008.
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    He discussed his self-published book and the philosophy behind it on Penn Jillette's radio show on San Diego's 97.1 FreeFM on November 22, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, Stanhope made two TV specials–one in the US for Showtime, recorded at The Gotham Comedy Club in New York City on March 12; and one for the UK's Channel 4 Comedy Lab, filmed at the Caves in Edinburgh titled "Doug Stanhope: Go Home". The Showtime special, titled No Refunds, premiered August 3 and was released on DVD August 14.
    He self-published Fun with Pedophiles: The Best of Baiting in October 2006, which includes several instances of his setting up a false Internet instant-messaging persona to offer sex, and then verbally abusing the "baitee" in a chat session that is logged to share with others.
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    He appeared alongside Rouse at the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 2006 to 5-star reviews from the press.
    More Details Hide Details On his opening night he took what was believed to be an ecstasy tablet that was handed to him by a member of the audience. During his Edinburgh performance he included a segment that some regarded as anti-Semitic. He responded in his 2007 Showtime special, No Refunds, by elaborating on the incident.
    He appeared in the film The Aristocrats, telling a caustic joke to a baby. In summer 2006, he was booked to appear on several bills at the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Kilkenny, Ireland; the segment in which he said that Irish men commit pedophilia because of the ugliness of Irish women earned a hostile reaction from the crowd, the press, and the festival organizers.
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  • 2005
    Age 37
    He hosted his own radio show on SIRIUS Satellite Radio in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details That year, Stanhope hosted Girls Gone Wild: America Uncovered. Stanhope established a group of touring comics known as "The Unbookables" featuring such artists as Andy Andrist, James Inman, and Brendon Walsh, among others. The Unbookables' first CD, Morbid Obscenity, also featuring Andrist, Rouse, Lynn Shawcroft, and Banjo Randy, released July 4, 2006, on Stand Up! Records.
  • 2003
    Age 35
    In 2003 and 2004, Stanhope co-hosted the fifth and sixth seasons of The Man Show with Joe Rogan.
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  • 2002
    Age 34
    Stanhope had his own prank show on Fox called Invasion of Hidden Cameras in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details He also was one of the pranksters on Spy TV.
  • 1990
    Age 22
    Stanhope began in standup comedy in 1990, and went on to perform at such comedy festivals as Montreal's Just For Laughs, the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, the Chicago Comedy Festival, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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  • 1967
    Born on March 25, 1967.
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