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Doug Stanhope - No Refunds (2007)

Doug Stanhope  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Doug Stanhope
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • 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: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QFAFMW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Not all stand-up comedy is spot-cleaned and pre-packaged for the masses. Like the legends who were born out of smokey, booze-soaked nightclubs of decades past, Doug Stanhope spews his own brand of moral outrage in an unmatched style that borders on self-destruction. Nothing is sacred, no subject off-limits and most importantly nothing is contrived.

From critically acclaimed appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to regular appearances on The Howard Stern Show, Stanhope always shows an intelligence and brutal honesty in his comedy, no mater how viciously graphic or unsettling the material may be. Taped live at the Gotham Comedy Club, this appearance is an unflinching look at one of the few voices left standing in the dark, punk-rock underbelly of stand-up comedy.

This DVD includes Doug Stanhope’s ALL NEW and much-talked-about show that aired on Showtime, plus many other exclusive extras!


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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He Crosses the Line October 2, 2007
Format:DVD
In fact, he crosses many lines. Listening to him, you realize how seldom the boundaries of free speech are tested by public personalities. It's not so much a question of censorship as self-censorship; people mostly remain within certain, unspoken limits. When someone does not respect these limits, they stand out, especially if they do it in a creative and entertaining way, as Doug Stanhope does. I have to admit I had never even heard of him until I happened to see the DVD in the video store. The only comics I can think of comparing him to are Bill Hicks and maybe George Carlin at his edgiest (I know he's been compared to Lenny Bruce, but, unfortunately, so far I've never had the chance to see any footage of his material).

This concert video really illustrates how comedy can be far more than a mere diversion, but a potent weapon with which to attack various sacred cows of polite society. Stanhope wears a t-shirt that says "Libertarian" -this is actually an understatement; he is an unapologetic hedonist, bordering on nihilist. He conducts the show while chain smoking and chugging beer. Describing this, it may sound a little like adolescent style rebellion, but combined with his material it fits perfectly. I recall another comic who smoked onstage, Andrew Dice Clay, but in my opinion he only succeeded in being obnoxious and offensive without being very funny or insightful.

Stanhope says things that many people would be afraid to say out loud, or maybe never even thought of. Among other things, he explains why he is pro-abortion, why the dangers of child pornography are exaggerated, the evils of anti-smoking laws, the virtues of drugs and alcohol and the many flaws of traditional religions like Christianity and Judaism.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Gifted Genius August 25, 2007
Format:DVD
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 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.

Absolutely not for everyone - but then neither was Hicks, Kinison, 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 GGW or The Man Show, hose out your head and start fresh - this is completely different - the real guy with no training wheels or seat belt. Seek out his other DVDs and his CDs, especially Something To Take The Edge Off and Die Laughing.

Stanhope takes no prisoners. Likewise, you don't have to settle for pablum comics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give me some truth December 1, 2009
Format:DVD
We live in a world of spin. Politicians, religious leaders, entertainers, teachers, and even our own friends and family are constantly feeding us censored, politically correct, and self-serving takes on the world.

So who in our society is left that will actually tell the truth?

Sometimes I think that role might solely belong to stand-up comedians, or at least the rare genius handful of them which Mr. Stanhope can be included in. In "No Refunds," Mr. Stanhope stands on a stage in a comedy club, his 40ish face bathed in unflattering light, clearly tipsy and chain smoking, and tears our whole phony, rotten society a new one.

He's fearless, and no subject, no matter how taboo, is off limits. He talks about religion, abortion, pedophelia, antidepressants, the American work ethic, drug use, promiscuity ... you name it. His opinions are not politically correct, but neither are they just childishly put out there for shock value. Like Bill Hicks or George Carlin before him, Doug Stanhope's most provocative quality might be his sense of reason and logic in a world that often clings blindly to ridiculous and outdated ideas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Destined for greatness September 14, 2007
Format:DVD
Stanhope is going all the way to the top of the comedy slag heap, somehow, at some point, despite and because of his accurate honesty about America. His timing and material get better year after year, and he's fast on his feet, especially when drunk, which is usually.

I first saw him in 1999 at a little dive with 20 people. He came on for the second show good and hammered, drank like a fish the whole set, and just got funnier and funnier until the room exploded and the bartender was laughing so hard he couldn't pour drinks. Never saw that before or since.

Stanhope's stand-up is take-no-prisoners; leave your sensitive side at home. If you've got an open mind and a strong stomach, he's one of the funniest comics out there today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blasphemy June 18, 2008
By J.B.
Format:DVD
This dvd is pure blasphemy and I love it! Doug rips into religion, corporate America and the lameness of today's youth. There were some slow moments, however, due to his beer drinking and cigarette smoking, but a majority of this delightful look at the darker side of human nature was laugh out loud funny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY SMART & FUNNY SET! STANHOPE IS TOP SHELF! March 19, 2008
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I love a good stand-up act. Doug Stanhope is an "in your face" brutally honest kind of comedian. His act is not for the easily offended or prudes. If you liked the late Sam Kinison and the late Bill Hicks you'll probably like Doug Stanhope. This set is very funny and has lots of replay value. I would have liked to see more extras on this DVD, but the stand-up in great and the DVD transfer looks crisp and sounds excellent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
Gotta love some Stand-up Comedy. Doug Stanhope is a good choice, gritty and nasty! He's from the MAN SHOW don't forget.
Published 8 months ago by Matthew Scheid
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Observational, Personal, Funny
If you are faint of heart and get easily offended, don't watch this. This is not your type of humor. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jose
5.0 out of 5 stars If you see only one comedian video this year....
If you see only one comedian video this year...make it Doug Stanhope: No Refunds

I have very high standards for my stand-up comics, some of my favorites include Richard... Read more
Published on September 16, 2011 by The Dragon!
2.0 out of 5 stars You know how you feel 30 minutes after you eat a donut?
That's how this video makes me feel. Doug Stanhope is funny here, I laughed a few times, but I can't sit through the hole thing without feeling the way Doug looks... Read more
Published on May 29, 2010 by Kawika
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Opinions, Strong Delivery
Doug pushes every button socially accessible and unacceptable in this rapid-fire performance of some of his strongest material. Read more
Published on April 7, 2010 by Amazon Feen
5.0 out of 5 stars No Refund asked for, because none are needed
If you're going to watch Stanhope, be sure he will say at least ONE thing that will rub you the wrong way. Read more
Published on July 4, 2009 by J. D. Estrada
5.0 out of 5 stars High shock value leaves me ROFLOL over and over
This isn't aw-shucks humor folks. You will feel guilty for laughing at abortion jokes but you will be laughing all the same.

I warned you.
Published on June 1, 2009 by reluctant techie
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
this guy is so funny and so witty, he's a genius. so smart, what he says really gets you thinking. i recommend this dvd, he says it like it is, if you are one to get offended, then... Read more
Published on March 25, 2008 by I. Vlasakakis
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Effing hilarity ensues whenever I pop the Doug Stanhope Digital Video Disc into my Digital Video Disc Player. Hilarity I say.
Published on January 27, 2008 by Jesse C. Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars no refunds vs. deabeat hero
I think "deadbeat hero" is a much better DVD. The set-up for "no refunds" just seemed off. The mirror background behind the stage was distracting and the stage seemed too... Read more
Published on December 1, 2007 by A. Kresse
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