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

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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.

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