Time Out London added Doug Stanhope to their interesting series listing comedian’s picks for their top ten favorite comedians. Stanhope himself would make a lot of comedian’s top ten list, with some considering him to be the best comic performing today. He is unapologetic, abrasive, politically polarizing and highly opinionated. His twitter profile says ‘Drunk, comedian, obsolete” and at any given time, at least one of those is wrong.
Stanhope’s top ten includes some great names like Dave Attell, Neil Hamburger, Junior Stopka, and Sean Rouse. Stanhope calls Rouse a “master craftsman” and “madly original.” Attell comes in at number seven, but that doesn’t stop Stanhope from calling him the “greatest comedian ever.” Coming in at number two on the list, Doug praises Steve Rannazzisi, calling him a heroic survivor of 9/11. Maybe the news hasn’t reached London yet but someone might want to go back and get a new quote on that one. Although Stanhope’s list focuses mostly on comedians performing today, his number one is comedy legend Mitch Hedberg. ‘Dead comics get too much credit’ he wrote, ‘Hedberg brought his own humanity to a one liner act in a way I’ve never seen before or since. Mitch holds up in every way.’ You can read the whole list here, at timeout.com/london. Stanhope is currently on tour in Europe. You can get dates on dougstanhope.com.
Reggie Watts, Jen Kirkman and Paul F. Tompkins have also added their top tens to the series which you can browse through here.