Digging Up Mother: A Love Story

Digging Up Mother: A Love Story


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ISBN-13: 9780306824395
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About 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.

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