Wed 23 - Sun 27 Mar 2011
Celebrating 21 years in the business, Stanhope is widely regarded as carrying the torch for American stand-up that was once held by Lenny Bruce and Bill Hicks.
His material ranges from true-life graphic perversion to volatile social criticism. Doug is vulgar, opinionated, brutally honest and shockingly uninhibited and is certainly not for everybody. His performances combine anger and intelligence to hit hard at a range of targets from profiteering corporations to narrow minded individuals. But most of all he's very, very funny.
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.
He's had TV appearances too numerous to mention, released four DVDs, headlined the Reading Festival and sold out tours all over North America and Europe. By any measure Doug Stanhope is one of the top ten stand-ups in the world today. His appearances on Charlie Brooker's Newswipe (BBC4) have brought his acerbic wit to a larger UK audience.
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.
On his way to self-immolation, Stanhope works through an hour of brilliant material which slaughters just about every sacred cow on the farm.
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.