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  • Brand: Da Capo Press
  • UPC: 9780306825385
  • Item #: 1780746X
  • Available Date: 5/9/2017
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DIGGING UP MOTHER

Summary

A hilarious and devastating memoir by "the most fearless man in comedy" (Esquire), with a foreword by Johnny Depp

Doug Stanhope is one of the most critically acclaimed and stridently unrepentant comedians of his generation. What will surprise some is that he owes so much of his dark and sometimes uncomfortably honest sense of humor to his mother, Bonnie. It was the cartoons in her issues of Hustler magazine that molded Doug's early comedic journey, and it was Bonnie who recited Monty Python sketches with him, introduced him to Richard Pry or , and took him along to all of her AA meetings.

Digging Up Mother follows Stanhope's absurd, chaotic, and often obscene life as it intersects with the life of his mother—his best friend, biggest fan, and the love of his life. Working backward from Bonnie's death, this is one of the most memorable and amazing farewells you will ever read.

About the Author

Doug Stanhope is a veteran of over twenty-five years of stand-up comedy, a stalwart of the hard-drinking, chain-smoking, literally dying breed. With a litany of dubious television credits, he has successfully dodged mainstream fame using his uncompromising brand of stand-up to build a cult-like following around the world. He's won numerous accolades, including being voted the best show of the entire Edinburgh Festival by the British press on his 2002 UK debut, and has recorded over a dozen comedy specials.

Stanhope tours extensively in North America and overseas, described by the New York Times as “an acidic blend of prickly hostility, elaborately articulated self-loathing, and righteous anger” and who Ricky Gervais says "might be the most important stand-up working today." A regular guest on the Howard Stern Show and appointed the Voice of America for Charlie Brooker's BBC TV Wipe shows, Stanhope continues to be an armchair revolutionary for the excluded, ignored, forgotten, and wasted of society, rallying them with what The Guardian calls “comedy with brains and guts and a heart.”

Stanhope resides in the US border town of Bisbee, Arizona, with pets who have people names, in an absurd relationship with his galpal Bingo.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Biography & Autobiography \ Entertainment & Performing Arts

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