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Digging Up Mother: A Love Story Hardcover – May 10, 2016
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"Doug Stanhope has been one of the best comics in the world for a very long time, and he only gets better with time. The fact that he is not hugely famous is a choice entirely his own and a gift he gives to the fans who are able to find him in the shadows of the real world. I've only ever heard people say two things about Doug: 1) 'He's the fucking greatest!' 2) 'I don't know who that is.' I'm never going to read this book because I am too self-absorbed. But if you have room in your heart, pour Doug in and it will delightfully blacken. This fucking dude is funny and thoughtful and generously careless, and I love watching him. Good guy, too."Louis C.K.
"Dear Jews who run show business: Please give Doug Stanhope a primetime show."Sarah Silverman
"Doug might be the most important stand-up working today."Ricky Gervais
"[Doug Stanhope's comedy is] an acidic blend of prickly hostility, elaborately articulated self-loathing, and righteous anger."New York Times
"If there's such a thing as being too honest in comedy, Doug Stanhope may come close.... Stanhope has elevated himself to become one of today's most talked-about artists."Timeout Chicago
"Much of what's wrong with the world melts away in Stanhope's flame.... Comedy with brains and guts and a heart."The Guardian
"[Doug Stanhope is a] visionary douchebag."The Times (London)
Kirkus Reviews, 4/1/16
Lively and smart, and, in the manner of the best comedy, as sad as it is funny.”
Red Carpet Crash, 5/4/16
An incredibly awesome book.”
Boston Globe, 5/12/16
The book is just as candid, wickedly funny and bound to offend as his stage act.”
Digging Up Mother is as heartbreaking as it is hilarious, as fun as it is funny, and as personal as it is relatable. It’s a testament to [Doug’s] skills as a writer, a storyteller, and a comedian. It’s a testament to his love for his mother.”
The Arts Fuse, 6/15/16
A disarmingly funny, unexpectedly sweet memoir.”
Los Angeles Times, 7/14/16
An honest exploration of what it means to love despite flaws and failings, through pain and discomfort.”
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Top Customer Reviews
Lawrence Roman (1921-2008) as delivered by Jack Lemmon in Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963)
The line, incorrectly credited to Frank Sinatra, might well have been said by a much older less hip Doug Stanhope about persons of my ilk; we might be utterly boring recluses but we love good comedy. That is obvious, we bought the book didn’t we? He lives this life so the rest of us don’t have to, and it’s truly comforting that Doug is out there fighting the good fight. A mere mortal man would surely perish in the wake of such depravity and substance abuse, but it’s clear Doug is no ordinary human being. He is the liver of life, the teller of truth, and the slayer of pretense. In America we might have the freedom to engage in this kind of outrageous debauchery and moral degradation, except in further contemplation we don’t. There is little question that many of the activities described in this book would land any one of us for a long stretch in federal prison, so don’t try this at home. You have to marvel at Doug’s stamina and ability to slip the grasp of Johnny Law. It proves without question that love conquers all, especially when it’s a mother’s love.
So who knew that this ex-telemarketing scam artist drunken reprobate mama’s boy could write. Damn you Doug Stanhope for getting me all misty eyed on the last page. Damn you for making me spend another $15.46 to send a copy to my sister because of our mother.
Doug, you lucked out writing a good book this time, you even got Johnny D to write the foreword. We all know about the lawsuit, it was payback wasn’t it?Read more ›
This is part of the reason I can review this novelization so early: I was trusted by Stanhope to give him my most serious appraisal of the value of the work, adding, in his words, "you've 3rd base coached us to victory enough times to know when to call the runners home or stop um short."
I was obviously flattered by Doug's trust in me, and his willingness to mingle with mere semi-pro citizens, I took on the task of reading his book with aplomb. Boy did Doug make that easy!
The story follows Doug as he first meets the love of his life Amy "Bingo" Bingaman (@bingobingaman) at a Massachusetts boarding school for gifted youths. Continuing through his tumultuous teen years, Doug walks us through and eventually in, to his mother. The striking Stanhope matriarch is described drippingly by Doug, noble and well placed bones (facial) gave her a striking contenance and her Bostonian spirit hurled sage advice to anyone.
Doug and his mother's relationship is vouchsafed by an unbroken and sacred pact via flipping a pizza box with his brother. Brother Stanhope was to write his own novel ("Whisperin' to Papa"), as he won the toss. Capricious fate was kind to Bisbee and any reader of this book, as Doug was left, then, with mother.
I won't spoil the middle part of the novel (but it makes me want to see Baja the way the Stanhope clan did!), suffice to say that it's a genuine piece, a real Mccoy, a tearjerk bringer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm biased because Doug is my favorite comedian. I recently lost my mom, so this book hit home for me. It provides a great insight into how he developed his humor. Read morePublished 3 days ago by wn334
Fast read and a fascinating portrait. Huge fan of Doug and was not disappointed.Published 6 days ago by John R. Barwick
It turns out Doug is a great writer too! There are moments of hilarity that catch you off guard. He knows how to set up a thought and deliver the punch line! Read morePublished 9 days ago by G. Conner
Doug has lived a hell of a crazy. Book was a great read and funny.Published 10 days ago by Josh DeShon
Sick, twisted, and honest. Not for the faint of heart. Apparently you can't swear in an Amazon review because I wrote a beautiful peace that they just denied. So to keep it short. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Michael C Wright