Doug Stanhope

There isn't another comedian quite like Doug Stanhope. After paying his dues for more than two decades, Stanhope went from being a road comic with a modest following to one of the most reliably brutal and revered comedians alive today. He's a comic's comic, and his material is an uncompromising maelstrom rife with vulgar observations, biting cultural criticisms, and confessions of personal depravity. But in spite of all his hostility and angst, Stanhope never shies from turning the gun on himself. There's a particularly memorable bit on his 2011 release, Oslo: The Burning Bridge to Nowhere (Roadrunner Records), wherein he explains his aversion to casual sex due to his disheveled appearance. "I know what I bring to the table, and it's not pleasant. I don't want to do that to a lot of people," Stanhope claims. But he's no snooty Bill Hicks-ian purist, either. Stanhope regularly admits to accepting early gigs like co-hosting Comedy Central's The Man Show reboot solely for the money. It's guaranteed to be a rowdy show with one of America's most insightful and unapologetic comedic voices of our time. Geoff Tate and Brett Erickson open. 18+.
Fri., Sept. 21, 7 p.m., 2012

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