Comedian Doug Stanhope holds no sacred cows and sprays holy water at wet t-shirt contests. The man is a wrecking ball of hilarity, and on May 3 he'll be releasing new live CD/DVD package Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere.
How is it? We'll lather on the word decoration right here on Crave soon enough, but for now have a little sampling of your own courtesy of this exclusive premiere of a clip we'll call the "Fun Zone," featuring a hilarious handful of mini-segments from Doug's album.
The language is highly NSFW, so cover your boss' pretty little ears if they can't handle the bad words!
Recorded in an abandoned factory in the Grünerløkka suburb of Oslo, Norway, Roadrunner Comedy’s first release is as spontaneous and unhinged as anything Stanhope has ever done. Originally a sewing machine factory converted to a German WWII bunker, the setting for Oslo is anything but conventional. Whereas most comedy specials are filmed on an elaborate stage, Stanhope and Nikon Norway filled a dilapidated industrial space with lights and folding chairs, ultimately allowing the material be the focus of this release.
Oslo’s madcap backdrop mimics the process that led to the recording: Bjorn Opsahl, one of Norway’s most notorious photographers, planned only to do a portrait session with Stanhope in Long Beach. The shoot went so well that when Stanhope came to Norway on tour, Opsahl suggested he organize a show without actually deciding on a date, time or location. The aim was to capture the reality and feel of a live Stanhope show, in turn bypassing the choreography that pervades most “live” stand-up production.
“I’ve always felt that my previous recordings all sounded overly-rehearsed. That may be why my manager Brian Hennigan sprung this taping on me 36 hours before we were to scheduled to film,” says Stanhope. “Or maybe the fact is that he is actually more insane than I am. Either way, he’s suffered through enough late-night phone calls from me expounding my drunk-genius ideas of faking my own death or installing ourselves as puppet governments in unstable third-world countries that I allowed him this insanity and agreed to tape Oslo.”
“I never expected that it would go this far,” Stanhope continues, “I didn’t know we be filming in an abandoned warehouse, formerly a swanky hang-out for high-ranking Nazis. I never considered it would be in front of an English-as-a-second-language audience. Mostly, I never considered that I had nothing rehearsed. In short, it was like any other gig that actually happens out on the road, something you rarely see in a comedy release. So, fuck it. Here it is.”
Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere, available in stores and online on May 3rd, will include a CD and bonus DVD recording of the infamous live show. Stanhope’s brutally honest style is shockingly uninhibited, ranging from biting social commentary to the crass and obscene. His cutting stand-up has landed him appearances on The Howard Stern Show, Comedy Central Presents, Premium Blend, The Man Show, Fox News with Greta Van Sustern, BBC’s Newswipe and The Jerry Springer Show. Stanhope has taped TV specials for Showtime and UK’s Channel 4. He was also featured in controversial film The Aristocrats alongside legends like George Carlin, Don Rickles and Chris Rock.
Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere Tracklist
02. New Oslo
04. Dead People's Baggage
06. Complete Unemployment
07.What Have You Done For Me Lately?
08. Stinkless Pussy
09. Strong Target
10. Spinning Dildo
11. Go-Kart Track Massacre
12. Suicide in Finland
13. What's He Building in There?
14. Abortion Is Green
15. Stomping Kittens
16. First Midget Bullfighter
17. Ugly Woman Who Could Sing
18. Spaceship to Glarkk
19. Genghis Fuck Scenes
20. Shame and Self-Awareness
21. Erectile Function
22. "Hello, Sarah?"
26. Freemarket Pussy
To pick up Doug's new album and for more information:
Doug Stanhope on tour:
5/5 @ Caroline's – New York, NY
5/6 @ Caroline's – New York, NY (early + late show)
5/7 @ Caroline's – New York, NY (early + late show)
5/8 @ Caroline's – New York, NY
5/12 @ State Theatre – Falls Church, VA
5/13 @ The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
5/19 @ Trees – Dallas, TX
5/20 @ Fitzgerald's – Houston, TX
5/21 @ J's Bistro – San Marcos, TX
5/26 @ The Comedy Store – Los Angeles, CA
5/27 @ The Comedy Store – Los Angeles, CA