I dunno…No Refunds isn’t brand new by any stretch of the imagination, but every so often I need to remind You, The People Of Earth that Doug Stanhope walks among you and you should appreciate him while you can.
On the surface, one might see Stanhope’s act and peg him as self-depricating, disheveled, dark, fairly buzzed and either spontaneously vulgar or a possible Tourette’s sufferer. Most of that is probably true.
But within (and beyond) that persona is an absolute master of pacing, timing, inflection, volume and gesture. Add caustic wit into the mix, also fearless social critic, and oh yeah – brilliant and imaginative writer. And on his most recent effort, No Refunds, he once again hits the (often uncomfortable) bulls-eye. If your idea of hilarity is Carrot Top or Larry The Cable Guy, odds are you won’t like this. (Matter of fact, the odds are even greater that you are the topic of some of the jokes.)
Stanhope is absolutely not for everyone – but then neither was Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Lenny Bruce or any of the great ones. Savor the ability to watch a comedy genius in his prime, even if you might be the only one on your block who’s clued in.
And if your only exposure to Stanhope is from (cough…paycheck!) Girls Gone Wild or The Man Show, hose out your head and start fresh. His comedy recordings and shows are completely different; you get the real guy with no training wheels or seat belt. Seek out No Refunds and his other DVDs as well as all of his CDs, especially Something To Take The Edge Off and Die Laughing. Come on…the guy even baits pedophiles online. Gotta love that.
Doug Stanhope takes no prisoners. Likewise, you don’t have to settle for pablum comics.