US comedian Doug Stanhope returns to the UK for a month long tour in October. Last performing in the UK in 2012, his announcement saw London’s Hammersmith Apollo sell out in a matter of hours. Highly opinionated, intellectually acute, outrageously funny – his live shows see him deliver a social commentary that is shocking, vulgar, fearless and brutally honest about the life around him. Over the years, his popularity has seen him build up a cult status with an eclectic fan base (in 2011 he ‘went to jail’ in Iceland to perform to an audience of high security prisoners)…”I go onstage, it’s like I’m leading you into battle,” he has told his audiences “You’re not all going to be here at the end”.
Lauded by fellow comedians such as Louis C.K, Sarah Silverman and the late Robin Williams, Stanhope has been praised as “one of the most important stand-ups working today” by Ricky Gervais. With a career that started in Las Vegas, Stanhope has been performing over 20 years at comedy festivals (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Montreal Just for Laughs) and has widely toured across the US, Europe and Australia. Since his last UK visit he has released 2 stand up specials. His eighth comedy album was Before Turning The Gun On Himself(2012) during which he describes AA as an organised cult and analyses Keynesian economic theory – the album immediately shot to Number 1 on Billboard and other comedy charts. This was followed by Beerhall Putsch (2013) – named after Hitler’s first failed coup attempt in 1923 – where he talks about euthanizing his own mother.
In 2013, Stanhope started a fundraising campaign for a woman who had lost her entire house and belongings in the Oklahoma Tornado. Supporting her because she was courageous to ‘come out’ as an atheist on live TV he raised over $100,000 for the woman and her family: “Saying ‘I’m an atheist’ in Oklahoma is like screaming jihad at airport security. That took some nuts. I didn’t do it because I felt sympathy because she got all her shit destroyed by a tornado. I did it simply to be a prick to her Okie Christian neighbours.”
TV appearances have seen Stanhope regularly deliver his diatribe as the ‘Voice of America’ on Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe covering subjects such as immigration, social media, violence and atheism in the US with his usual caustic humour and vitriol. Also invited by fellow comedian Louis C.K. to appear in the latter’s breakout hit series Louie, he plays bitter, twisted, suicidal Eddie in the critically acclaimed episode which concludes suicide is a legitimate, viable option. Living in small town Bisbee on the Mexican border, he is currently writing a book on his mother, a formidable and chaotic character in Stanhope’s life recounting his dysfunctional relationship with the theatre actress, truck stop waitress and part time truck driver.
Doug Stanhope performs at Bath Pavilion on Wednesday 14th October 2015
See www.bathcomedy.com for more information and tickets
“…. his rants command attention because he clearly means every single thing he says.” – TimeOut, London
“one of the top ten stand-ups in the world today” – Chortle UK
“A visionary douchebag” – The Times, London