Enjoy Riotous Laughter ... or Just a Riot

You may remember him from his aborted run for the 2008 Libertarian presidential nomination, from his fight-provoking confrontational 2004 Austin set when he followed the political bombast of Alex Jones or from the riots that occasionally ensue at his shows when he touches a particularly sensitive nerve in his audiences. But perhaps Doug Stanhope’s greatest moment to date is his role as Eddie, the lowlife comic at the end of his rope in the episode of the same name on Louis C.K.’s brilliant FX series Louie. Mocking Louie’s attempts to talk him out of suicide, Eddie makes checking out sound almost rational — much as Stanhope does in a routine pointing out that if the first half of a movie sucks, the ending probably isn’t going to be much better. “I’m pro-suicide,” he says. “My mother killed herself. It was the fucking bravest thing I’ve ever seen anyone do. She was dying of emphysema and was like, ‘Fuck this, I’m not going to drown in my own fluid.’ Still not a lot of great bits about it. It might have to be a book.” Read more in a Q&A with Stanhope on the Observer’s arts blog, The Mixmaster, and decide if you’re ready to die — laughing! — when doors open at 7 p.m. Thursday for his performance at Trees, 2709 Elm St. Tickets are $16 to $20. San Marcos comic Nick Aluotto opens and Dallas comic Clint “Paco” Werth is host. Call 214-741-1122 or visit treesdallas.com.
Thu., Nov. 17, 7 p.m., 2011

 
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