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| 14 September 2012 | Reply

The incomparable Doug Stanhope is coming your way (see tour dates below).  Stanhope, known for his brutally honest commentary and sharp-tongued humor, will be touring throughout the United States this fall. In an attempt to recapture some of the magic of the open road, Stanhope will set out with two comedian chums in a van for an intense period of gigging.  Joining him will be Brett Erickson and Geoff Tate.




  • Stanhope digitally released Before Turning The Gun On Himself on March 6, 2012 and it immediately shot to #1 on the Billboard, iTunes and Amazon comedy charts.  Recorded in Salt Lake City, UT at The Complex, the live companion CD/DVD will be out November 6, 2012.


  • On Friday, August 3rd at 10:00pm EST/PST Showtime aired the comedy special Doug Stanhope Before Turning The Gun On Himself.


  • Starred in episode 9, season 2 of Louie, Comedian Louis CK’s show on FX. Louie wrote the character for Doug based on Doug’s personality.  Louie talks about the episode here. Read the New York Magazine review here.


  • Ricky Gervais tweeted that Stanhope “might be the most important stand up working today . Just saying’. Please tell him that if you know him.” He also speaks about Doug in Esquire


  • Sarah Silverman thinks Doug should have his own TV show.


  • Played Litla-Hraun Maximum Security Prison In Iceland September 25, 2011. Read about it here.


  • CD/DVD Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere debuted at #1 on the comedy charts and #2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart.


  • Stanhope has been featured on The Howard Stern Show, Comedy Central Presents, Showtime’s “The Green Room With Paul Provenza,” The Man Show, Fox’s “Stossel”  as well as several appearances on various BBC shows.  Stanhope was also featured in controversial film The Aristocrats alongside George Carlin, Don Rickles and Chris Rock to name a few.


Tour Dates With are Brett Erickson and Geoff Tate:

9/12/12             Jukebox Comedy Club              Peoria, IL

9/13/12             Sinking Ship                              Indianapolis, IN

9/14/12             Woodlands Tavern                     Columbus, OH

9/15/12             The Token Lounge                     Detroit, MI

9/16/12             Cleveland Improv                       Cleveland, OH

9/18/12             Laugh Comedy Club                  South Bend, IN

9/19/12             Comedy Club On State              Madison, WI

9/20/12             Skyline Comedy Café                Appleton, WI – two shows

9/21/12             Varsity Theatre                          Minneapolis, MN

9/22/12             Nestor Tavern                            Fargo, ND

9/25/12             Goonie’s                                   Rochester, MN

9/26/12             Boonies Bar Sioux                     Falls, SD

9/27/12             The Waiting Room                     Omaha, NE

9/28/12             Rock Island Brewing Co             Rock Island, IL

9/29/12             Firebird                                     St. Louis, MO

9/30/12             Improv Kansas City                   Kansas City, MO


Additional Doug Stanhope Dates:

10/17/12            The Comedy Club                      Webster, NY

10/18/12            Nietzsche’s                               Buffalo, NY

10/23/12            San Jose Improv                       San Jose, CA

10/24/12            Ontario Improv                          Ontario, CA

10/25/12            Irvine Improv                             Irvine, CA

10/30/12            Reggie’s Live                            Chicago, IL

10/31/12            Reggie’s Live                            Chicago, IL

11/9/12             The Oriental Theatre                   Denver, CO

11/17/12            Wilbur Theatre                           Boston, MA

11/29/12            The Comedy Store                    Los Angeles, CA




“A truth-teller and astute (if messy) social critic…one of the most bracing live acts on the stand-up circuit…”

–       Denver Post


“For a guy whose last name ends in ‘hope,’ he seems to have little for much of anything…he exudes and insightfully vulgar mix of bleakness, anger and despair – much of it laugh-out-loud funny, some of it wince-inducing, all of it genuine-sounding.”

–       Chicago Sun-Times


“Listen to Doug Stanhope’s stand-up long enough and you might become as angry as he is.  But Stanhope’s anger degree of rage isn’t of the Lewis Black flash-of-anger quality.  Stanhope’s anger is a slow burn, overarching despair about what’s going on around him in the world.”

–       The A.V. Club


“Stanhope is smart – scary smart – and he uses that intelligence for the good of us all, poking satirical fun at the absurdity of modern life, taking on topics that, once given a good dose of Doug, really are seen in a whole new light.”

–       303 Magazine

“Stanhope is a genius parading around the slums of failed ideology…he’s Charles Bukowski with dick jokes drunkenly fueled by Thomas Payne.”

–       San Antonio Current


“He’s one of the most compelling comedians working today”

–       Westword


“Doug Stanhope is close to a living show-biz urban legend, a notorious, near mystical figure…fiercely funny and constantly challenging mind, one that seeks out sacred cows and belts them right in the snout.”

–       Detroit Metro Times


“Onstage, Stanhope is reckless (kind of like a sociopathic kid who somehow got access to a backhoe).”

–       The Pitch


“The thick-skinned will wallow in his crux.”

–       Encore



“Ask anyone whose opinion matters, and they’ll tell you that Doug Stanhope is one of the top 10 stand-ups in the world today” – Chortle

“A genuine car crash who’s a thrill to watch” – 4* – Metro

“A visionary douchebag” – 4* – The Times

“He dredges electrifying comedy from the badlands of unsentimental despair” – 4* – The Guardian

“He blazed with the honesty, outrage and lucidity that made his name… Much of what’s wrong with the world melts away in Stanhope’s flame… comedy with brains and guts and a heart”, “the charm, don’t-give-a-damn swagger and aggressive intelligence that make for important, exciting comedy.” –The Guardian

“There’s a kind of Olympic torch of extreme American comedy, which passed from Lenny Bruce, through Richard Pryor and Sam Kinison… to the late Bill Hicks. Stanhope is the latest, and equally brilliant, bearer.” – The Independent On Sunday

“Stanhope’s stage show is a momentous thing to behold. Don’t expect typical Bush-bashing or paper-thin material – he takes no prisoners in his ruthless baiting of everything that gets under his skin.” Glasgow Evening Times

“On his way to self-immolation, Stanhope works through an hour of brilliant material which slaughters just about every sacred cow on the farm.” – The Scotsman

“Stanhope possesses a range of stunningly effective stand-up skills and a talent for subtle verbal phrasing. More importantly, he speaks out not only about sex and drugs and so-called perversions, but also about social and political hypocrisy. And his rants command attention because he clearly means every single thing he says.” – Time Out London

“See him very soon, because he describes his own intake of drink and drugs as staggering.”Jesus died for your sins,” he reminds us. “I’m doing it for your mere entertainment.” Well, he isn’t Jesus. But at his peak only a literal miracle could produce better, more challenging comedy.” –

“Stanhope shocks you with the virulence of his lucidity; he shocks you into realising how transparent the confidence trick of western propaganda can be made to seem. 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

“Ask anyone whose opinion matters, and they’ll tell you Doug Stanhope is one of the top ten stand-ups in the world today. Stanhope’s confrontational stance comes from the rough, blistered underbelly of America’s trailer parks; he’s a feral, aggressive man full fuelled by primal urges to drink, fight and screw ­ and the corrosive material has all the venomous aggression you might expect from that background. But what underlines it, and makes it so untouchably good, is the passion and conviction with which he holds his intelligent beliefs, informed by sensibilities that might seem alien to such a no-nonsense, pig-headed persona.” – Chortle

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