“At some point I realized that the quality of my life is more important than making a small chunk of change. I decided to focus my attention on live comedy. I know when I go on stage, I have an hour and a half to do whatever the fuck I want. There’s no one that’s gonna fuck with my show, unless I’m doing something blatantly illegal.”
Beer always in hand, Doug Stanhope gives a cynical performance that is both clever in material and hilarious to watch. Stanhope expresses his problems with how the government works and how we as a society are the crappiest people on the planet by going on loud, drunken rants implicating those entities. He goes on loud cynical rants as he expresses his woes with the world; like how ugly people don’t unite in being ugly like other minorities do. “In fact, we [ugly people] are the majority,” he says.
Stanhope got his start in Las Vegas in the 90s when he would memorize Andrew “Dice” Clay material to show off to his coworkers. After writing some material to open for his boss’s cover band, he began to hit the open-mic circuit and quit his job within a year. Stanhope has been doing comedy tours ever since. For a brief time, he even hosted The Man Show along with Joe Rogan.
Stanhope’s material sounds almost ad-lib and not preconceived because it isn’t preconceived. He made the decision to make his album with no written material; he just went on stage and spoke his mind. To his credit, the ideas and jokes are smart and hilarious. However, the disadvantage is that the potential to develop his material is lost because he comes up with it right on the spot. To most fans this is not too much of an issue since his material is always so concise.
Stanhope’s cynical style is magnified by the ever-present beer in his hand as he reminds the world that it’s important not to settle for anything at face value and that rage does have a place in the comedy world.
His album, Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere will be released by RoadRunner Records may 3rd. To know more about Doug Stanhope, read the AmericasComedy interview here.
Watch Doug’s cure for the royal wedding, courtesy of YouTube.com! NSFW
About the Author: Mallory Hayes lives in Sacramento, California while she figures out which graduate schools she wants to apply for. She loves reading, writing, and great comedy. She also loves penguins and would gladly dedicate her life to penguin research if it didn't conflict with her need for things like sunlight and functional appendages.