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Doug Stanhope - Deadbeat Hero (2004)

Doug Stanhope , Randy McCleary , Shawn Amos  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Doug Stanhope, Randy McCleary
  • Directors: Shawn Amos
  • Writers: Doug Stanhope
  • Producers: Shawn Amos, Matthew Levin, Bob Emmer, David Goldman, Garson Foos
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002OXUTM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,536 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doug Stanhope - Deadbeat Hero" on IMDb

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Doug Stanhope-Deadbeat Hero thrusts you into the twisted, brutally funny world of this acclaimed comic. In a performance that serves up everything from graphic perversion to stinging social criticism, Stanhope proves himself to be one of the few comedians around with a gift for making the ugly truths of modern life downright hilarious. Topics like abortion, liberty, war and vasectomies get filtered through his raw, uninhibited comedy, and the result is an unforgettable show guaranteed to entertain, offend and enlighten. Taped earlier this year in Seattle, WA, Doug's set runs over 90 minutes!


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"...if you like your comedy rough, raw, and rowdy, there's no one better than Doug Stanhope." -- Austin Chronicle

"Sharp, off color, and howlingly funny" -- The San Francisco Chronicle

"Some of the sharpest and most biting cultural commentary you'll see in a comedy club." -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
For those of you have never heard Doug Stanhope perform his material, there are two things you need to know: No. 1, Stanhope is a comic genuis. I'll tell why in a minute. He's also likely to offend just about everybody in the audience at one time or another. That said, I would recommend this DVD to anybody in the country who is into comedy, politics or the human condition.

On "Deadbeat Hero," Stanhope tackles all of the most relevant and controversial issues of our times: Abortion, "liberty," war, whether blindly supporting the troops is a good thing, the drug war, the Alabama-Mississippi ban on dildos and other sex toys, gay marriage and priest molestations. More bizarre topics include two-head babies, his suicidal cat-lady mother, an erotic story about a woman with 44 holes instead of the standard three, and the "rules of war." Stanhope also relates the time he performed for the Benefit for Fallen Officers, argues whether democracy is a flawed theorty and then provides a convincing argument as to why this is far from being a free country.

That's an awful lot of issues to deal with in one comic routine. In fact, it's mind-staggering. But Stanhope does it with the ease of rapping with friends while drinking a beer. To make that type of material consistently funny is next to impossible.

As an entertainment writer, I have known Stanhope since 1995. He was just reaching the point where his three-year journey living in his car while traveling from gig to gig was coming to an end.

The first time I saw him, I was laughing so hard my stomach began to hurt and I had trouble catching my breath. Not just once either. Many times. He wore a $10 suit and pants outfit that he bought earlier in the day at the Salvation Army.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doug Stanhope's Best Work to Date February 8, 2007
If you've only seen Doug Stanhope on "The Man Show" or slanging "Girls Gone Wild" videos, you may be reluctant to see his stand-up comedy. That's how I felt until I actually heard his material. Stanhope is one of the best working comics today. His material is very well thought-out and perfectly delivered. He works blue, period. With that said, this DVD or any of his CDs are not for the easily offended.

I like how this release is very stripped down and it feels like you are in the smoky and cramped comedy club. It's shot in black and white which further adds to the documentary type of feel it has. His performance is just incredible. You soon realize you're watching a veteran professional comic in his element and completely comfortable on stage. His material is hilarious as well as varied. On one end of the spectrum he can do [...] jokes but on the polar opposite end, he speaks philosophically.

As his set progresses, and as he gets more intoxicated, it's similar to watching a performance art piece. His delivery almost becomes stream of consciousness and he riffs mercilessly on the government, the war, human relations and everything in between.

If you appreciate stand-up as an artform, this is mandatory viewing. I would rank Stanhope with the likes of Dave Attell and Bill Hicks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing... September 6, 2013
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I had only heard of him -- he is the favorite comic of a dear, late friend of mine who was probably both the smartest and the biggest smart-a** I have ever known -- so, while looking for something to watch the other night, I put this on. Stanhope is brilliant -- the way he sees right through so much of the worlds BS & then makes fun of it is remarkable. Truly a great and very under-appriciated man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best... if you can stomach it. April 27, 2013
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Doug Stanhope is one of the best most brilliant stand-up comics out there, and this a great example of his brilliance. HE IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. If you're a fan of "clean" comedy, do not even think of watching this... however if your mind is OPEN, then you must watch. It's raunchy, it's sick, but it is above all brilliant. The delivery, the way he works through the topics... brilliant. Doug Stanhope will go down as one of the greatest stand-ups there has ever been and it's for a reason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, Brutal, Funny August 11, 2013
By R.K.
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The man says what he thinks, on stage, in front of hundreds of people, and its funny, and he doesn't hold back. In the form of an alcoholic, chain-smoking guy who doesn't care about himself or anybody else, comes a man whose intelligence and wit are, when he is at his best, unparalleled.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Best January 10, 2014
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If you don't know Stanhope, or if you do, this is probably one of his best standups. I watched this maybe 10 times and every time I laugh more. Go for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars George Carlin's logical successor January 16, 2014
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Doug Stanhope is not only funny, he's thought provoking. Also, he's provoking in general. LOVE this guy's stuff! Go. Watch. Be smarter for it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like it... October 22, 2014
By Yoot
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I like Doug in interviews (podcasts, etc.) and I don't consider myself easily offended, but I had a visceral reaction to his joke about hist theoretical excitement if a baby girl were to be born with extra "holes" so he could marry her one day to stave off sexual boredom. A woman making the same joke about a baby boy with extra p*nises would get the same nauseous reaction (from me, at least).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Rebel with a beer
Sad, like watching a loquacious drunk ramble on a New York City street corner. He argues for the right to destroy himself, which is fine, but he does not do a very funny job of it. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Stanhope for life
Published 6 days ago by Matthew DeBoer
5.0 out of 5 stars GO STANHOPE
Doug Stanhope is my hero - comedy is dark and so truthful it hurts - also theres few heros a libertarian can look up to these days with all the statist trash taking over hollywood
Published 23 days ago by Khadija Faridi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Stanhope is one of the very best stand up comedians in the country.
Published 24 days ago by David A
5.0 out of 5 stars New fan
I surely enjoyed this video. I especially thought the style of storytelling was better than joke telling most comics use. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fresia Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hilarious as always...
Published 2 months ago by Michael Shawn Hooker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Mr. L
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
Decent Doug set
Published 3 months ago by John Murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars good stuff for what I watched
Doug Stanhope always cracks me up. I started this one and he's funny as hell, I just couldn't keep going with the black and white thing, made it about 20 minutes. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John
2.0 out of 5 stars Just not that funny
I like dark humor as much as the next guy but Stanhope is just not all that funny. A definite pass...
Published 9 months ago by Jeanbean
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