Oslo: Burning the Bridge to Nowhere

Performers Doug Stanhope

Roadrunner Records | May 10, 2011 | Compact Disc

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Recording information: Fabrikkhallen, Oslo, Norway.
Director: Bjorn Opsahl.
Editors: Emery Emery; Scotty Lund.
Photographer: Steven Meckler.
Doug Stanhope's gruff, kamikaze style of standup is unique enough, but Oslo: Burning the Bridge to Nowhere is just shy of bizarre. Here, the comedian baits a Norwegian audience with politically incorrect comments on race, along with some threats, like that he might enjoy tomorrow's gig in Finland even better. The rowdy crowd cheers the former and boos the latter, both of which reverberate through the Fabrikkhallen, which Stanhope describes as "a venue I think we broke into", painting his arrival as a scene from Hostel with "I was afraid to have the cab leave me off here." Later it's berating the Norwegians for tolerating the very idea of a royal family, and accusing them of being beautiful, but sexless and uninteresting. Tense laughs, for sure, and plenty of them, too, as the comedian shifts the target to groupies he's disappointed while on tour, and then to himself, going on a long, uncomfortable riff about how much the quality of his work has deteriorated. Then there are the moments of brilliance that make him Bill Hicks' heir apparent ("Tradition and heritage are all dead people's baggage; stop carrying it") and the very un-Hicks moments of Stanhope going gross ("Stomping Kittens"). He's not for everyone, and this certainly isn't the one to start with, but Stanhope taunting an audience in their second language is as fascinating in execution as it is in idea. ~ David Jeffries

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 10, 2011

Genre: General

Style: Comedy/Spoken

Number of Discs: 2

Studio/Mixed/Live: Live

Label Name: Roadrunner Records

UPC: 016861772529

Found in: Spoken - General

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Oslo: Burning the Bridge to Nowhere

Performers Doug Stanhope

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 10, 2011

Genre: General

Style: Comedy/Spoken

Number of Discs: 2

Studio/Mixed/Live: Live

Label Name: Roadrunner Records

UPC: 016861772529


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.Noah --
2.New Oslo --
3.Royalty --
4.Dead Peoples' Baggage --
5.Olympics --
6.Complete Unemployment --
7.What Have You Done for Me Lately? --
8.Stinkless Pussy --
9.Strong Target --
10.Spinning Dildo --
11.Go-Kart Track Massacre --
12.Suicide in Finland --
13.What's He Building in There? --
14.Abortion Is Green --
15.Stomping Kittens --
16.First Midget Bullfighter --
17.Ugly Woman Who Could Sing --
18.Spaceship to Glarkk --
19.Genghis Fuck Scenes --
20.Shame and Self-Awareness --
21.Erectile Function --
22."Hello, Sarah?" --
23.Blort --
24.Jizzoons --
25.Drambuie --
26.Freemarket Pussy --
0.DISC 2: --
1.Noah --
2.New Oslo --
3.Royalty --
4.Dead Peoples' Baggage --
5.Olympics --
6.Complete Unemployment --
7.What Have You Done for Me Lately? --
8.Stinkless Pussy --
9.Strong Target --
10.Spinning Dildo --
11.Go-Kart Track Massacre --
12.Suicide in Finland --
13.What's He Building in There? --
14.Abortion Is Green --
15.Stomping Kittens --
16.First Midget Bullfighter --
17.Ugly Woman Who Could Sing --
18.Spaceship to Glarkk --
19.Genghis Fuck Scenes --
20.Shame and Self-Awareness --
21.Erectile Function --
22."Hello, Sarah?" --
23.Blort --
24.Jizzoons --
25.Drambuie --
26.Freemarket Pussy --
27.[Bonus Material] --

Editorial Notes

Recording information: Fabrikkhallen, Oslo, Norway.
Director: Bjorn Opsahl.
Editors: Emery Emery; Scotty Lund.
Photographer: Steven Meckler.
Doug Stanhope's gruff, kamikaze style of standup is unique enough, but Oslo: Burning the Bridge to Nowhere is just shy of bizarre. Here, the comedian baits a Norwegian audience with politically incorrect comments on race, along with some threats, like that he might enjoy tomorrow's gig in Finland even better. The rowdy crowd cheers the former and boos the latter, both of which reverberate through the Fabrikkhallen, which Stanhope describes as "a venue I think we broke into", painting his arrival as a scene from Hostel with "I was afraid to have the cab leave me off here." Later it's berating the Norwegians for tolerating the very idea of a royal family, and accusing them of being beautiful, but sexless and uninteresting. Tense laughs, for sure, and plenty of them, too, as the comedian shifts the target to groupies he's disappointed while on tour, and then to himself, going on a long, uncomfortable riff about how much the quality of his work has deteriorated. Then there are the moments of brilliance that make him Bill Hicks' heir apparent ("Tradition and heritage are all dead people's baggage; stop carrying it") and the very un-Hicks moments of Stanhope going gross ("Stomping Kittens"). He's not for everyone, and this certainly isn't the one to start with, but Stanhope taunting an audience in their second language is as fascinating in execution as it is in idea. ~ David Jeffries
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