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Doug Stanhope - Deadbeat Hero [DVD]

Doug Stanhope , Randy McCleary , Shawn Amos    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Doug Stanhope, Randy McCleary
  • Directors: Shawn Amos
  • Writers: Doug Stanhope
  • Producers: Shawn Amos, Matthew Levin, Bob Emmer, David Goldman, Garson Foos
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Best Medicine
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GGSGL8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,783 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Vulgar, opinionated, yet at the same time disarmingly honest, U.S. stand-up comedian Doug Stanhope is guaranteed to entertain, shock, and enlighten. Understandably compared by many to both Bill Hicks and Lenny Bruce due to the ferocity of some of his material, Stanhope is unequivocally his own man in the manner with which he too is happy to give the very foundations of American values a brutally comedic kicking.

Named by both Variety and the Hollywood reporter as "one to watch" (not that he'd care) Stanhope is already a subversive force on U.S. TV and a major draw on the State-side comedy circuit, and the 6th of August sees him bring his unique take on the American condition to this year's Edinburgh Festival in a brand-new show. Kicking things off at the Tron's Comedy Room for a week, Doug will then move to the 450-seat George Square Theatre for the remainder of the festival. If you like your comedy rough, raw, and rowdy, then the outrageously uninhibited Stanhope's new Edinburgh show is one not to be missed.

A stand-up since 1990, Stanhope developed his relaxed (he likes to drink on stage) and spontaneous style in Las Vegas where he learnt his trade telling jokes for free drinks whilst "living off fraud telemarketing and the kindness of strippers." Winner of the Edinburgh Strathmore Press Award in 2002 and the San Francisco Comedy Festival Stanhope has gone on to "prostitute myself" as a comic on U.S. T.V via the likes of the Howard Stern Show, Late Friday, Girls Gone Wild, Floor Show Live, the Jerry Springer Show and Fox News: because, according to Stanhope, "TV is just for the money, live performance is where it's at."

This 2004 performance perfectly demonstrates Stanhope's delight in exploring taboo topics and proves, whilst serving up everything from graphic perversion to stinging social criticism, that he is one of the few comedians around with a gift for making the ugly truths of modern life downright hilarious.


"… what he has in abundance is the charm, don't give-a-damn-swagger and aggressive intelligence that make for important, exciting comedy." -- The Guardian

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great white Stanhope 18 Sep 2007
On "Deadbeat Hero," Stanhope tackles all of the most controversial issues of our times: Abortion, "liberty," war, whether blindly supporting the troops is a good thing, the drug war, the Alabama-Mississippi ban on dildos and other sex toys, gay marriage and priest molestations. More bizarre topics include two-head babies, his suicidal cat-lady mother, an erotic story about a woman with 44 bodily holes....
Stanhope also relates the time he performed for the Benefit for Fallen Officers, argues whether democracy is a flawed theory and then provides a convincing argument as to why this is far from being a free country.

That's an awful lot of issues to deal with in one comic routine. In fact, it's mind-staggering. But Stanhope does it with the ease of rapping with friends while drinking a beer. To make that type of material consistently funny is next to impossible.

What makes Stanhope truly a comic genius is that he is not afraid to try new things. In fact, the person he is forces him to write new material. Most comedians, even very good ones, will keep at least 15-30 minutes of material that works in their act for years. It's very difficult to write a 45-minute routine of solid material. Heck, it's hard to write for five minutes.

On "Deadbeat Hero," Stanhope tackles the most difficult issues: What society is dealing with now. I never cease to be amazed at how he comes up with such brilliant and funny comments about recent events. Regardless of what you may think of his material, and some of you will be offended, the man needs to be respected for his willingness to constantly evolve and try something new.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hero Of Mine 18 Dec 2007
I love Doug Stanhope. He is amazing. There is nothing better than seeing a comic say it how it is with no concern for the audience's 'feelings'. Stanhope is the best at making people really laugh and at the same time shocking you. He is truly amazing. Buy this and No Refunds at once. They are essential viewing for whenever you're pissed off and need a pick-me-up. Is he the best comedian working at the moment? Probably.
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5.0 out of 5 stars un-politically correct 16 April 2010
Is Doug the new Bill Hicks? Maybe, but unlike others I do not feel he is just cashing in on the Bill Legacy. He does new original stuff with the same passion as Bill, but his is a completely different take.

Near to the knuckle, not afraid to speak his mind and upset people, Doug is refreshingly un-politically correct.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Comedian 4 Jan 2011
Doug is a superb comedian and is super funny. I had bought this as an Xmas present for my dad and its very enjoyable. I am in fact seeing him live later in 2011. If you like Doug Stanhope, then try Stewart Lee - ive seen him numerous times live in London and he sells out the equivalent of the o2 arena over a few weeks of continuous live gigs. You may even like him more. Also, Bill Hicks is almost an english equivalent to Stewart Lee but very similar to Doug Stanhope, its a shame hes not around anymore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DARK 26 July 2010
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This guy is clever and subversive

New bill hicks with some powerfull messages

love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars darker than an expresso on a moonless night 28 Jun 2010
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It is always good to see something original, clever, funny or deeply subversive come out of america, it must take a "little extra" i think too buck the toxic, evangelical conservatism that is the "american dream". This was my first experience of Stanhope, all i can say is that he is the current holder of the "free speech" medal. If it can be thought of it's fair game.. It's been a very long time since Bill Hicks died, if you've missed him buy this Doug Stanhope DVD. Superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You will be offended you will also laugh your socks off
Doug shows why stand up has been the new rock and roll.

catch him why you can the comic factory's are already churning out great but very same same comedians and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by bigbill
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to understand American humour really, this guys voice is...
One it's in black and white, terrible sound quality and poor picture quality.Some observations were funny that he made but most of it left me rapidly bored stiff. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. Graham Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the easily offended.but hilarious.
If it was in colour i would have given it 5 stars,I would seriously recommend this to anyone who likes their comedy edgy and is not easily upset by some subject matter which even... Read more
Published 18 months ago by L. F. Cassidy
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Guy!
This guy is funny! Don't know many people who find him amusing but this is my kind of humour! lol - just so funny and what he says is so very true!
Published on 24 Mar 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the end
Your search is over. If you really wanna know how it is, then there is nowhere else to go. After Doug Stanhope there is nothing. He makes Frankie Boyle look like Ken Dodd. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2010 by edmundo
5.0 out of 5 stars so funny
saw this guy on channel 4 the othe day chatting about immigration, so fukin funny - hes great,
Published on 30 Oct 2007 by Mr. M. G. Daniels
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