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Digging Up Mother: A Love Story
     

Digging Up Mother: A Love Story

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by Doug Stanhope
 

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A dark and twisted memoir by outrageous comedian Doug Stanhope

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A dark and twisted memoir by outrageous comedian Doug Stanhope

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"In the first chapter of Digging Up Mother, [Stanhope] describes the death of his mother in the meticulous detail of someone fascinated by all things uncomfortable and taboo. While he talked about her in a previous stand-up special, this lucid account, deadpan but too impertinent to be called clinical, is even more harrowing and funny."

?Jason Zinoman, New York Times

"In the first chapter of Digging Up Mother, [Stanhope] describes the death of his mother in the meticulous detail of someone fascinated by all things uncomfortable and taboo. While he talked about her in a previous stand-up special, this lucid account, deadpan but too impertinent to be called clinical, is even more harrowing and funny."?Jason Zinoman, New York Times
12/29/16

Kirkus Reviews
2016-03-08
In his first book, stand-up comedian Stanhope delivers a sympathetic though unenviable portrait of his multiply addicted, much troubled mother. "After thirty-some years of ruthless drinking, it's more than probable that I've fucked up a few details." So run the author's first words to readers, a warning that substance abuse and blue comedy are in the offing. Stanhope's comedy, growing from the tradition of Bill Hicks and Sam Kinison, is built on sharp political and social observations mixed with the insistence on shocking with details of drug abuse, sexual escapades, and the like. His book is no disappointment in any of these regards: there are dog genitalia ("touching a dog's dick is gross, and your mother touching a dog's dick is far grosser, and gross equals hilarious"), oxygen tents, crack, deathbeds, adultery, suicide, and sundry other things not often mentioned in polite company. Stanhope pokes fun at himself most of all as he recounts a wandering, messed-up youth doing crap jobs while learning comedy by trial and error until hitting on some universal truths—e.g., "farts are the funniest things in life, and if you disagree, then you have no soul." Underneath the humor lies an affecting character study of the author's late mother, who, for her manifold faults, was his fiercest defender and ally. The book is Stanhope's often rueful record of trying to come to terms with her while reckoning with his own emotions and trying to build a career through a haze of his own making. "In my head," he writes, "she was just a bad drunk who felt abandoned and didn't have the patience to wait for me to sort shit out. If anything, I begrudged her for the timing." Stanhope offers good evidence that if our own families are messed up, there's always someone who's got it worse. Lively and smart and, in the manner of the best comedy, as sad as it is funny.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306824395
Publisher:
Da Capo Books
Publication date:
05/10/2016
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
68,192
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Doug Stanhope is a veteran of over 25 years of stand-up comedy, a stalwart of the hard drinking, chain-smoking, literally dying breed. With a litany of dubious television credits, Doug 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.

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Digging Up Mother: A Love Story 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
One of the funniest and most honest books I've ever read. A great choice for fans of stand up comedy, or someone who just wants to be entertained by a hilarious guy who doesn't hold back.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Doug has written a book that would make any child of an eccentric parent envious. It is like an autobiography of a comic in the making with an insanely witty mother and a trail of bad choices that have put him at the top of the comedy world. One cannot truly become a world-class comedian without mentors like his actress mother or the drug-fueled Hedberg. Stanhope reaches deep and vomits forth the most honest book I've ever read. For quite a bit of the book, you crawl around in the folds of his cerebellum trying to see where this bad choice will lead to next. I've followed his career since before Bingo and it is so raw and accurate. Im really proud of Doug for this beautiful and hilarious tribute that puts the bow on the package for a true die-hard fan like myself. You will always have a place to stay in Houston, Doug!