Self-deprecation has always been a tenet of stand-up comedy, but Doug Stanhope takes the idea to an entirely new level. Certainly, many comics showcase themselves, warts and all, on stage, but Stanhope draws focus to his warts and forces us to watch as he picks at them. The comic has been performing and provoking for over 20 years, his overall aim and effect being to upset the status quo. Stanhope doesn’t merely use his stories of debauchery to shock audiences into laughing; he dissects his topics, expands them out for unrelenting analysis and exposes himself and everyone else as hypocrites in an essentially depraved world. And he manages to make this act one of the funniest in stand-up today. Tickets are $25. This event starts at 8 p.m.
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