Doug Stanhope on Bill Cosby: "It's Cute That an Old Man Can Make Words."

Categories: Comedy, Interviews



On Wednesday, April 23, 2720 Cherokee will exchange its normally music-centered programming for a night with one of the most undervalued forerunners of standup comedy. But that's not because there's nowhere else to put him. Doug Stanhope has sold out every show in St. Louis for the last five years. He's more than up to the challenge of a new venue.

But there will be no greatest hits at the Stanhope show. There will be no guarantees and absolutely no holding back. Lines are drawn in comedy because some venues rely on repeat customers, or because you can only bleep and blur so much explicit content before a set on a late-night basic-cable program sounds more like a severe-weather alert. It didn't take Stanhope long to disregard such limitations.

"In the very early days I thought there were boundaries you couldn't cross, just because I didn't really know anything about standup comedy," he says. "I was not thinking about developing deals or television projects. I just said, 'Hey, I made it. I got laid.' Then I started growing out of that, and started getting angry at all the bullshit [I had] been ignoring."

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