Stanhope strikes again
DOUG STANHOPE Róisín Dubh, Galway Wed 9pm 112.50 091-568340 The Button Factory, Temple Bar, Dublin Thurs 8pm ¤20 01-6709202
The last time the US comic Doug Stanhope played in Ireland – at the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival three years ago – he caused a minor outrage with some ill-judged material about the crime of sexual battery. But then controversy is his stock in trade – and his gigs are frequently marked by mass walk-outs of people who find his views offensive. Beneath the “look at me” controversy-seeking, though, there is some achingly brilliant material in his set. Whether talking about drugs or the perilous state of contemporary music, Stanhope can go right to the core of a topic and deliver some clever, stinging remarks. It perhaps goes without saying that if you’re easily offended, these are certainly not the shows for you.