Doug Stanhope to do last-minute Club Congress gig

2014-08-07T06:00:00Z Doug Stanhope to do last-minute Club Congress gigCathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 07, 2014 6:00 am  • 

Bisbee-based funny man Doug Stanhope is sneaking into Tucson Wednesday for a standup gig at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

Call it a sneak preview of his three-night run at New York’s Highline Ballroom next weekend that will kick off his fall tour. 

Stanhope is sure to talk about the latest tricks he’s played on girlfriend Bingo, life in Bisbee, the sorry state of the world and the people who run it. And he might even pull out the file folder he’s filled with requests from people with sob stories looking for a handout after Stanhope raised more than $100,000 in late 2013 for an Oklahoma hurricane victim after she told CNN that no, she did not thank the Lord because she is an atheist.

For several years after moving from Los Angeles to Bisbee in 2005, Stanhope did an annual show at Club Congress. But that stopped a few years ago; his last headlining show in Tucson was at the Rialto Theatre in 2011.

In recent years, he has popped up unexpectedly at a Tucson open mic show and was the host for Oregon comic Kristine Levine’s late 2013 show at Plush.

Wednesday’s 21-and-older show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27.

Want to know what life is like for Stanhope in Bisbee? Caliente tags along for some day drinking, deep thinking and back porch partying with the comedian and the cast of Bisbee characters that he calls friends.

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