Friday, October 4, 2013

Doug Stanhope

Doug Stanhope is one of the comedians with near perfect reviews, except for those that really hate him. His style is drunk, brutally honest and shocking. For those that don’t know him I guess you could say he is like a Bill Hicks that has gone off the rails.

His more recent DVDs are as hardcore as ever and in one (maybe the Oslo DVD) he says he doesn’t care anymore about “the message”. He admits that sharp insightful comedy which dissects ’the powers that be’, hasn’t got him anywhere. He still has some great points but it feels like he has now given up trying to make points in favour of sticking with shocking stuff. He still manages make you realise how the world is full of hypocrisy.

This is easily the most compelling current stand-up comedy and it is no coincidence that Doug Stanhope is the first review on this site for live shows. He is utterly engaging and entertaining. His ramblings often seem to loose track as he sips on his beer, but they always seem to work out funny, and often profound.

This is a very important comic. He is not afraid to say the harshest things which keeps you on the edge of your seat. I often find myself amazed at what he is saying, as do the crowd. As for his DVDs, they are all worth getting. I often find I need to be in the mood to watch stand-up on DVD, but with Doug I can watch him anytime.