Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere

Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere

by Doug Stanhope
     
 
Doug Stanhope's gruff, kamikaze style of standup is unique enough, but Oslo: Burning the Bridge to Nowhere is just shy of bizarre. Here, the comedian baits a Norwegian audience with politically incorrect comments on race, along with some threats, like that he might enjoy tomorrow's gig in Finland even better.

Overview

Doug Stanhope's gruff, kamikaze style of standup is unique enough, but Oslo: Burning the Bridge to Nowhere is just shy of bizarre. Here, the comedian baits a Norwegian audience with politically incorrect comments on race, along with some threats, like that he might enjoy tomorrow's gig in Finland even better. The rowdy crowd cheers the former and boos the latter, both of which reverberate through the Fabrikkhallen, which Stanhope describes as "a venue I think we broke into," painting his arrival as a scene from Hostel with "I was afraid to have the cab leave me off here." Later it's berating the Norwegians for tolerating the very idea of a royal family, and accusing them of being beautiful, but sexless and uninteresting. Tense laughs, for sure, and plenty of them, too, as the comedian shifts the target to groupies he's disappointed while on tour, and then to himself, going on a long, uncomfortable riff about how much the quality of his work has deteriorated. Then there are the moments of brilliance that make him Bill Hicks' heir apparent ("Tradition and heritage are all dead people's baggage; stop carrying it") and the very un-Hicks moments of Stanhope going gross ("Stomping Kittens"). He's not for everyone, and this certainly isn't the one to start with, but Stanhope taunting an audience in their second language is as fascinating in execution as it is in idea.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2011
Label:
Roadrunner Records
UPC:
0016861772529
catalogNumber:
177252
Rank:
110439

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Noah
  2. New Oslo
  3. Royalty
  4. Dead Peoples' Baggage
  5. Olympics
  6. Complete Unemployment
  7. What Have You Done For Me Lately?
  8. Stinkless Pussy
  9. 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?"
  23. Blort
  24. Jizzoons
  25. Drambuie
  26. Freemarket Pussy

Disc 2

  1. Noah
  2. New Oslo
  3. Royalty
  4. Dead Peoples' Baggage
  5. Olympics
  6. Complete Unemployment
  7. What Have You Done For Me Lately?
  8. Stinkless Pussy
  9. 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?"
  23. Blort
  24. Jizzoons
  25. Drambuie
  26. Freemarket Pussy
  27. [Bonus Material]

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