Doug Stanhope needs a new word – laughter doesn’t quite cover the reaction to Doug’s material. It’s a mish mash of laughing, and cringing at something you know deep in your gut you should be offended by.
Don’t get us wrong, Doug is no Bernard Manning – he knows exactly what he’s doing, and there’s no malice behind his words (with some exceptions, usually when discussing celebrity rehab shrinks). He uses the word faggot freely, yet is renowned for his support of the homosexual lifestyle (fucking without breeding, in his opinion, is the perfect solution to an overpopulated world).
Even then, some of his material is so dark, that you feel a shudder run through you each time you laugh. Are you laughing because he’s funny, or because he’s touched on something so abhorrent, that if you don’t laugh your mind will melt through your eyes?