When road warrior comedian Doug Stanhope speaks, there’s never any question about what he really means. Case in point, a new blog post on Stanhope’s website outlining his thoughts on stand-up comedy classes, and the people who run them. He has articulate, unkind words for comedian Kyle Cease, instructional writer Judy Carter, industry insider Jeff Singer, and several others.
Here’s a taste of what you’re in for:
Say what you will about any Carlos Mencia, Dane Cook or Jeff Dunham but I would lay Rubenesque on my side, chin cupped in my limp hand blowing the lot of them before I would say one positive thing about anyone who steals money by teaching a comedy class.
Any fan of Stanhope knows that even when you don’t agree 100 percent with what he’s saying, he makes great points. A lot of time you end up agreeing with what he has to say more than you thought you would, and that’s part of what makes him one of the most intriguing comics working today. He even offers his own tongue-in-cheek comedy class alternative, Doug Stanhope’s Comedy Death Camp.
The post is smart and laugh-out-loud funny, but some might say it’s a little over the top. I’m sure a lot of comedy classes are complete rip-offs – and the particular one that draws most of Stanhope’s criticism definitely sounds like one – but are they all? Don’t some stand-up classes just function as a place for people with no experience in comedy to try out material in front of a supportive crowd i.e. classmates?
Let us know what you think below, and definitely visit dougstanhope.com to experience the tirade in all of its glory.