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Doug Stanhope - Deadbeat Hero [DVD]

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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 (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GGSGL8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,740 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.

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"… 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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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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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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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.

Excellent.
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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 material.

live and raw but very very funny.
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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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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. Do yourself a big favour, go buy this DVD and rid yourself of all the garbage you have been fed since the day you were born.
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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.
I also ordered his No Refunds DVD so I will watch that one and make my mind up about him then. I have heard much funnier comedians though.Such as Fred Wedlock, available on YouTube :) well some of it,most people will have forgotten about him but he is truly hilarious.Search for the universal cleaner song he does.
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