Digging Up Mother: A Love Story

Digging Up Mother: A Love Story


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Digging Up Mother: A Love Story by Doug Stanhope

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 Hustler magazine issues that molded the beginnings of his comedic journey, long before he was old enough to know what to do with the actual pornography. It was Bonnie who recited Monty Python sketches with him, introduced him to Richard Pryor, and rescued him from a psychologist when he brought that brand of humor to school. And it was Bonnie who took him along to all of her AA meetings, where Doug undoubtedly found inspiration for his own storytelling.

Digging Up Mother follows Doug's absurd, chaotic, and often obscene life as it intersects with that of his best friend, biggest fan, and love of his life—his mother. And it all starts with her death—one of the most memorable and amazing farewells you will ever read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306825385
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 185,174
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Doug Stanhope is a veteran of over twenty-five years of stand-up comedy, successfully dodging mainstream fame by using his uncompromising brand of stand-up to build a cult-like following around the world. 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," Stanhope resides in the US border town of Bisbee, Arizona, with pets who have people names, in an absurd relationship with his galpal Bingo.

Table of Contents

Foreword Johnny Depp ix

Preface xiii

1 Mother's Last Gasp 1

2 Not Your Average Mother 13

3 Paxton: Square Peg in a Sphincter-Shaped Hole 21

4 Actually, You Can Go Home Again 34

5 Hollywood: Scams, Queers, Scamming Queers, and Queering Scams 62

6 Deathbed City, Florida 81

7 Tail Between My Legs 85

8 Las Vegas: Money. Women. Danger! 94

9 Worcester: You Can't Go Home Again and Again and Again 119

10 Boise Fucking Idaho 129

11 Vegas Redux 137

12 Stand-Up Comedy 142

13 Going Pro in Phoenix 148

14 Movin' On Up 153

15 The Big Time 164

16 Breakdown Dead Ahead 180

17 Mother's Big Move 189

18 Off the Wagon, Out to Sea 247

19 Bisbee, AZ: What The Fuck Just Happened? 263

20 My Best Friend, Again 285

Acknowledgments 299

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Anonymous More than 1 year 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 9 months ago
Fun read. Watch or listen to some of his stand-up. I love Stanhope!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago