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About this episode…
Doug Stanhope (@DougStanhope) is a comedian, writer and podcaster with nearly 30 years of performing under his belt. After cutting his teeth on the open mic circuit, Doug moved into MCing a “crappy” hotel gig which gave him the taste of being a “comedian with a point of view”. Since then he’s spent his time building his cult-like following and touring with his brash, honest, loud and often controversial style of comedy.
How long did it take you to go pro? [0 mins 0 secs]
On the circuit there’s a lot of talk about when you can call yourself a pro comedian. You wrote that you thought of yourself as a pro after you received something like $10 from a gig. Would you say any financial remuneration legitimises you? [0 mins 0 secs]
Can you describe how you moved from being an open mic comic to becoming a professional and getting paid to be a comedian
Also, would you encourage younger acts to do shit, but we’ll paid, work – like you did with ‘Girls Gone Wild’ – to give you the freedom to pursue projects with “artistic credibility”?
Do you think you’re a good comedian? If you don’t, do you just agree with reviewers who might not like you? [3 mins]
How do you cope with rejection / bad reviews?
How many comedians were around when you started? [4 mins]
Do you feel more responsibility to entertain audiences in a different way now that people come to you instead of clubs. [6 mins 30 secs]
Do you ever perform in rooms where people don’t know you to fully test your material? [8 mins 30 secs]
His favourite social media channels and why. [11 mins]
How do you deal with with hate on social media? [13 mins]
How do you view your fans? [14 mins]
What drives a comedian who has a diehard audience that has “made it”? [16 mins]
What’s the process of writing a new hour for you? [21 mins 30 secs]
How drunk do you need to be to want to go on stage? [24 mins]
How did Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe help his international career? [28 mins]
Brian talked about how you’ve scaled down your operation to pretty much you and him, do you ever find working with one person lonely? [30 mins]
I guess you’re living situation reflects that because your scaled back and taking control of your life.
How do you define your role at the Bisbee compound? Are you the king of that domain or is it a socialist experiment? Or just a place you live? [30 mins]
His thoughts on comedy awards and accolades? [34 mins]
Would you stop drinking if you stopped doing stand up? [39 mins]
Do you ever worry your fan base will forget you when you take time off? [40 mins]
Do you think there’s a badge of humour within your fan base who “get it”? [42 mins]
How much do you drink before a show? [24 mins]
Social anxiety and booking venues and dealing with the worry about. [27 mins]
What responsibility do you feel to look after your fans? [53 mins]
How has social media helped or hindered your career? [55 mins]
How do you deal with social media haters? [49 mins]
Do you get annoyed when people pirate your work? [55 mins]
Do you use social media to find new inspirations or comedians? [47 mins]
His thoughts on NetFlix and recording shows. [49 mins]
Why did you go to the Edinburgh Fringe? [32 mins]
How did winning the award change your job / career? Did it have an impact on your standing in the US? [33 mins]