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.