Doug Stanhope was born on March 25, 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts. A standup comic by trade, he first showcased his talents to the public in Las Vegas in 1990. He struggled in the comic wilderness for several years, performing at open mic nights before he won the San Francisco Comic Award in 1995. His controversial jokes and behavior meant success was not easy to come by, and his first Comedy Central show in 2001 was heavily criticized.
Just one year later in 2002, though, he won his second award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and followed this up with several CD and DVD releases. In 2006 he would establish the comedy group the UnBookables with other comedians that include Andy Andrist and Sean Rouse. He went on to record several TV specials in 2007 and as well as touring, and he also released a book in 2016 titled Digging Up Mother: A Love Story.