Doug Stanhope - Deadbeat Hero [DVD]
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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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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.
Near to the knuckle, not afraid to speak his mind and upset people, Doug is refreshingly un-politically correct.
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Great set, not for the easily offended. A true comic genius. And all round nice bloke if the tales are true.Published 1 month ago by bob
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
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 morePublished on 5 Feb. 2013 by Mr. Graham Moore
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 morePublished on 14 Jan. 2013 by L. F. Cassidy
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