on 18 September 2007
D Stanhope is one of the most talented and outrageous comedians working in stand-up today. A gifted storyteller and writer, Stanhope mines his prodigious libido and colourful life as sources for his comedy sketches. Less autobiographical than his earlier "Sicko" or "Great White Stanhope" , the appropriately titled "Die Laughing" finds Stanhope injecting a dose of brutal nihilism into his raunchy material. I laughed, and I laughed hard, but I certainly wasn't in a happy mood after hearing the material on this album !!
Stanhope is an enemy of the forces of hypocrisy and reaction, clever satirist of the human condition, a razor-sharp storyteller and comedian. Stanhope's material is dark, for he evinces no faith in anything beyond sex, death, and human stupidity. Hearing this album, I could almost picture Stanhope killing himself on stage as a final punch line. This isn't meant as a criticism of Stanhope's material, since its not for me to sentimentalize the purity of his vision or his role as an artist. . . Anyway, don't let the slightly pretentious blather in this review stop you from buying this album.
"Life is like a movie, if you've sat through more than half of it and its sucked every second so far, it probably isn't gonna get great right at the end and make it all worthwhile. None should blame you for walking out early."
"Suicide is man's way of telling God, "You can't fire me - I quit."
Stanhope is a comic treasure.
on 18 September 2006
Drugs, rude words, inflatable sheep, ripping the guts from the office drone dream, $15 transvestite wallet stealing ....if you like the likes of Bill Hicks, this'll do it for you. That's the recommendation I took, and they were right. :)