For comedian Doug Stanhope, propriety is the only taboo. The former host of Girls Gone Wild and The Man Show delights in pissing people off, from comedy clubs he prefers bars and rock venues and audience members to the entire nation of Ireland (see picture). Then there's the unfortunate anti-abortion activist who handed him a picture postcard of a dead fetus outside Club de Ville this spring and was roundly lambasted by Stanhope for distributing child pornography. The comic was in a much sunnier mood when TCB caught up with him doing laundry at his home in Bisbee, Ariz., last week.
THE MAN SHOW
TCB: What is the Austin incident you mention on your MySpace page?
DS: That's a bootleg DVD I try to keep in circulation. It was at [Capitol City Comedy Club]. Alex Jones was there, he was going to go up and introduce me. He goes on for 10 minutes, trying to cram every conspiracy he's ever learned into a drunken late-night crowd's head. Half the crowd knows who he is, so they're enjoying watching him snap, and the other half is really pissed. He almost gets into a fistfight with a guy from the front row, and right at the crescendo, he goes, "All right, here's Doug Stanhope."
TCB: Have you ever been booed off the stage?
DS: [In Ireland] I probably did eight of 20 minutes before they were frantically waving the [time's-up] light. To say I was booed off ... I say management was cowed into taking me off. I fulfilled my contractual obligation. I would have stayed up there and told them to go fuck themselves for another 12 minutes without any problem.
TCB: Is there any subject you won't touch?
DS: Yes. Any subject that has a greater than even likelihood of creating immediate physical harm. Like if I was playing for 9/11 survivors, I probably wouldn't goof on 'em.
Doug Stanhope plays Beerland Friday and Emo's Saturday.
Jack Jackson, the Austin graphic artist who drew countercultural comics (known as "Comix") and well-known events in Texas history with photographic detail, passed away June 8 in his hometown of Stockdale, near San Antonio. Jackson's God Nose, which he created in 1964 and handed out on the Drag, is considered to be the first underground comic, and his work was enormously influential in both the comic-book and poster-art communities. After moving to San Francisco in the late Sixties, where he was art director for the Avalon Ballroom, Jackson returned to Texas and drew the promotional campaign for Doug Sahm's 1976 LP Texas Rock for Country Rollers. He was 64 years old; see an expanded tribute in "Arts."
The city of Austin has officially designated Oct. 8 Randy "Biscuit" Turner Day, honoring the late Austin musician, artist, costume designer, and man-about-town. To raise money for the corresponding Biscuitfest weekend, Cafe Mundi is having a yard sale 8am-5pm Saturday, followed by a 6pm concert with Zookeeper, No!, the Delinquents, and others. Donations, cash and otherwise, are welcome; see BiscuitFest.org.
Last week's cover boys Sound Team have been taking the piss out of the UK press lately, telling The-Raft.com their music is "hot new country." Q magazine knows better, pegging "The Fastest Man Alive" as "Whip-smart, American indie-rock from Austin, Texas." It's No. 40 in Q's "50 Essential Tracks to Download This Month."
Austinite and Dallas native Jack Ingram, whose "Wherever You Are" has dominated this year's Billboard country chart like the Dallas Mavericks have dominated the Miami Heat (so far), sang the national anthem at Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Dallas last Thursday. His follow-up, "Love You," was last week's Hot Shot Debut at No. 52.
Following Saturday's Echo & the Bunnymen show at La Zona Rosa, guitarist Will Sergeant will do it clean in the DJ booth at Beauty Bar. The needle drops at midnight.