• 11.15.8 Doug Stanhope in Long Beach

    Doug Stanhope at Alex's Bar Long Beach, CADoug Stanhope at Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA 

     

    Going into a comedy show half way over is not recommended. Nearly getting ran over while crossing the street to go to the comedy club is even more not encouraged. Coming from another event a couple of miles away in Long Beach, couchsurfer photographer Giovanni and I raised to make it to the -highly anticipated on my part- Stanhope’s show. Once parked, the Italian with me just decided to dash across the street, still trying to convince me until this day that he was way clear of any danger, but the screeching sound of tires and the burning smoke from a car breaking in a dramatic gesture to avoid an accident … suggested a different impression. No one got hurt.

    Safely arrived to the other side, we then rushed into the club. Stanhope was already in the middle of his abortion bit. In all, probably just about 20 minutes of him we caught. This was the first show after our monumental election. I was highly interested on what spoof Stanhope had to say about it. Remind me not to go in late to see Stanhope, please? Whoever? I don’t get the full picture other wise…

     

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  • 9.19.8 Joe Rogan at the Hermosa Beach Comedy & Magic Club

    Hermosa Beach on a Friday night is a fucking DRAG. I drove around for an hour and there was no way a parking would open up. Most parking were short term meters. This was infuriating. I had to park a mile away and walked to my destination.

    I thought all would be worth it to go catch a Joe Rogan’s standup show by myself hoping to make a small entry in documenting him. I remember when I first started to take pictures of music shows some years ago, I was also feeling awkward to be buying a ticket for one. The comedy scene is actually worse, for being more of a couple/group outings than music shows. And without a prior arrangement for some photo access, I was feeling even more off – purpose, sitting in my assigned seat, and off-timed to make a case for any photos.

    But I already decided to see him. Ended up I was glad I did even to just watch like an obedient audience. He was quite entertaining. What makes Rogan unique in my opinion is that he’s a natural talker. He seems to think and process every thing out loud. His logic is like a long roller coaster ride, purposely twisty but structurally secured. Some materials put the audience on edge, but after my unquestionable fondness of Stanhope, I almost feel like I can be ready for anything – granting that it is good – and Rogan, was – good.

    He went about an hour longer than scheduled. I found this adorable. It’s like going to a friend’s house, knowing that people have to go to bed at some point, but the friend gets on such a tangent that you can’t stop them.. being high or drunk or what not – because it’s their house.. and because they are on to something. I choose spontaneous discovery of substance any day over some preconceived rules. And Rogan definitely left me a lot of thoughts to chew on.


  • 7.25-26.8 Doug Stanhope at Downtown Comedy Club

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    “Fetish comedy” he claimed he offers – to his fan base he called a bunch of “pathetic and awkward single dudes”. Any circus that rings this sentiment IS my natural habitat. In additional to the certain weird niche of music cultures that I sometimes find myself mingling in, I’m happy to add the name Doug Stanhope into my list of interests.

    I spent the last Friday and Saturday nights watching this guy’s acts for the first time. I became aware of him just about a year ago through my long distant poet philosopher suicidal internet Welsh friend, Mr. Joe Eschaton. For the past year, I watched a ton of Stanhope’s readily available internet videos getting to know his style. Even as much as I’m repulsed by anyone calling him/her self a Libertarian, I still enjoy his honest vulgarity as he logically breaks shit down to reveal the core of our common untamed souls.

    Aside from catching his shows for the first time, I also broke another ground this weekend by adding (selective) comedians to my photo-documentary projects. I’m just hoping that Doug, along with some other adorable dark streaked comics will live awhile, for nothing else is to give the selfish me time to interpret their various dimensions accurately. These people seem to have a thing with drugs and alcohol abuse, which is entirely a conscious & freewill decision. It’s not my place to influence people like him to try to prolong their lives with proper diets and exercise (fucks sake, I’m square – and damn it, I’m proud of that.) The slow self destructive way is just a part of the whole picture. I understand it.

    Well, other than that, I’m so glad I took my friend Phebbie with me to the Friday show, (which happens to be a better night when Doug was making more sense). She’s now also a fan. We are way excited to get more of this fetish fill the next time he is coming back to L.A. in November. 

     

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    Doug with Lynn Shawcroft

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    Doug and fan