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Doug Stanhope is one of the most critically acclaimed and stridently unrepentant comedians of his generation. What will surprise some is that he owes so much of his dark and sometimes uncomfortably honest sense of humor to his mother, Bonnie. It was the cartoons in HER Hustler magazine issues that molded the beginnings of his comedic journey, long before he was old enough to know what to do with the actual pornography. It was Bonnie who recited Monty Python sketches with him, who introduced him to Richard Pryor at nine years old, and who rescued him from a psychologist when he brought that brand of humor to school. And it was Bonnie who took him along to all of her AA meetings, where Doug undoubtedly found inspiration for his own storytelling.

Bonnie's own journey from bartending to truck driving, massage therapy, elder abuse, and stand-up comedy and acting never stopped her from being Doug's genuine number one fan. So when Bonnie's alcoholic, hoarding life finally came to an end so many weird adventures later in rural Arizona, it was inevitable that Doug and Bonnie would be together for one last journey.

Digging Up Mother follows Doug's absurd, chaotic, and often obscene life as it intersects with that of his best friend, his biggest fan, and the love of his life: his mother, Bonnie. And it all starts with her death - one of the most memorable and amazing farewells you will ever hear.

BONUS: As fans of his stand-up and listeners of his podcast will attest, Doug is not a "by-the-book" type of guy. This audiobook is no exception. In what he refers to as the "director's cut commentary," Doug forgoes the confines of a straight-read and creates a truly unique listening experience, going off-script to riff throughout its sections and bringing in a cast of colorful characters – childhood friends, his podcast co-host, and fellow comedians and musicians – to voice letters from teachers and guidance counselors, diary entries from his mother, and even old homework assignments. Additionally, Doug has several of the folks mentioned in the book expound on and give their version of events and stories, often remembered quite differently. The result is a wildly fun audiobook that's as distinct as the comedian's own brand of humor.

A special note from the author:

Good news for all my blind and/or illiterate fans! The audio version of my book Digging Up Mother is now available on Audible!

It's read podcast-style by myself and the golden-throated Chad Shank and features guest performances from those who appeared in the book, dropping in to share their own blurred memories of our sloppy pasts and ugliest stories. Guests include my childhood delinquent partner in crime Chris O'Conner, and Greg Chaille, Bingo, Mat Becker, Sarah Hyland (now Sarah HylanDER) and more.

If you are wondering what "podcast-style" means, it means we were drinking a lot. For days. And f*ing up a lot. They've assured me that they left the best f*ck-ups in the finished product. Most of them no doubt are my own. I read like Bill Burr learning a foreign language.

Thanks in advance for listening and sharing, Facebooking, Tweeting, Instaf*cking, Redditing, Water-Cooler Chattering and all other means of spreading the word. I'm only gonna listen to the Chad Shank chapters. Goddamn does he sound delightful.

©2016 Doug Stanhope; Foreword copyright 2016 by Johnny Depp (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Chad Shank's Golden Pipes

Doug Stanhope, with a little help from his friends, brings new insights and emotions into this already astounding story of love. However, the breakout performance, and the real reason to buy this book is the sultry tones of the one and only, Chad Shank. His voice is guaranteed to make you moist(especially you, fella), even in the saddest of moments.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Exactly what I hoped for!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Highly recommended to friends that truly understand "humor, tragedy, and love" rolled up into a spitball.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All characters involved were my favorites.

Have you listened to any of Doug Stanhope and Friends’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I like all of his material. He stands out like a hammered thumb.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nothing "par-tic-u-lar-ly" moved me. All of it moved me.

Any additional comments?

I listened to "Diggin Up Mother" in two days. Doug is a weed in the rose garden. He has survived pesticide sprays, droughts, and floods. One doesn't have to be pretty to survive and thrive. I want to shake his hand and say, "I understand." I will listen to it again to pick up on subtleties I may have missed.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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hopefully responsible for a paradigm shift in how audiobooks are performed

I read this book in analog form and now hope that more people follow Doug Stanhope's example by doing an audiobook that's more a director's cut than merely the author or a stand in reading.
Hearing and in an odd way meeting the people in his stories was fascinating.
The golden pipes of Chad Shank should soon be all over audible as well.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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This made me like him

I wasn't a fan but now can't get enough. Doug reads the book so well and I really appreciate all of the commentary throughout!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Got me right in the feels.

What a great book. I had to turn it off multiple times so I wouldn't erupt into psychotic level laughter in my cubicle. It also genuinely brought tears to my eyes a couple times and caused me to reflect on my own life in a fresh way. A beautiful love story. Great performances from everyone including Doug no matter what he thinks. I hope the Tom Konopka podcast stuff makes it into the next edition.

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  • Virginia
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 09-16-16

One of the best ever

I have listened to a lot of audiobooks but Doug's is one of the best. It takes the genre to a whole new level and makes it unique. Also he is the most brilliant comedian living which makes it great too

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great book!

What does Doug Stanhope and Friends bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Additional stories and laughter.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely!

Any additional comments?

Such a great book! Stories of mother visiting Vegas reminded me of Dostoyevsky's classic The Gambler, just a great listen! Especially parts spoken by Mr. Chad Shank were absolutely brilliant!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Loved every second

You will not regret listening to this book, as soon as you're finished you'll want to revisit it again and again dog-earing it's pages and weeping everytime.

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A memoir that rewards listeners!

YouTube his standup first, if you don't like his humor you won't enjoy this much either. If you do, this book is great. He breaks the fourth wall a bunch, gives "directors cut" commentary and riffs with the actual people he's talking about in between chapters making this an immersive and rewarding listen.

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Fellow Worcester kid

I found Doug Stanhopes comedy through pandora music app. Ironically, one of his bits came on through having it on the Joe rogan station. I saw he was from Worcester and so am I. He is around my parents age and even mentioned bubba Shane who recently married my dads best friends sister. I too lived in Paxton and had that creep mr. Prince the gym teacher (I'm 24 y.o.). I also hooked up with a girl who lived in that eery White House on the common across from the now burned down restaurant where jeff shot the sign and car. I recently drove by the 20 rich st house in Worcester and saw the blueberry bushes and the second story. Anyway just a great book about dougs upbringing and career and learned a lot about my hometown.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • gmoran651
  • 09-02-16

Surprising results

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I listened to this earbook on an crowded, busy, loud, foul-smelling overnight sleeper train in China. It made the journey much more bearable, which made me much less keen on the idea of suicide. I think this is ironic, given Doug's personal beliefs and the contents of this book, because I don't know what irony is. One part made me laugh so hard, I accidentally knocked a chicken burger off my bunk and onto the head of the guy below me. He was a Muslim, and I'm pretty sure the burger wasn't halal. I tried to apologise profusely, but as we didn't share a language I can only be so certain that he understood.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Tony Wihlen
  • 08-30-16

Brilliant

Good grief. What a ride. Do yourself a favor and listen to this rare gem.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathleen Squire
  • 09-21-16

A Worthwhile Listen

Includes a lot of additional commentary not in the text, making it closer to some of Doug Stanhope 's podcasts than to a straightforward audio book. This book is the reason I downloaded Audible and I'm so glad I did!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mackenzie Clayton
  • 09-24-16

Solid book

Well worth the time and money. It is more of an extended podcast than an audio book

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • PEEVEE
  • 09-23-16

The greatest story ever told.

Tragic, funny, sickening and beautiful.
This is, without doubt, the most open, human and graphically honest, celebrity autobiography that will ever be written. Even if the author misremembered and stumbled through the entire book. His friends were there to help him along.
It somehow manages to stay laugh-out-loud-funny, poignant and interest all at once.

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  • Paul Phillips
  • 09-22-16

Doug and mother

I listened to the final installments this morning as I lay awake in a hospital bed. It was an emotional experience. I am an avid fan of Doug's podcast and am used to his bleak no holds barred approach to comedy and life in general. This was that normal full frontal attack on your sensibilities plus the tender underbelly of a man who had a truly loving and understanding relationship with his mother. Read this book or better still listen to Doug, Chad and co. Reading and chatting in between.

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  • Shel
  • 10-03-16

The best audiobook I've ever listened to.

I just loved this from the get-go. Funny, emotional, disgusting and honest - everything I love in a book! Stanhope' narration is hilarious, and the additional riffs are an excellent touch. Listen to this at once!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • McNab
  • 09-21-16

Exactly what I'd hoped for...

Fans of Stanhope will not be disappointed. Everyone else... brace yourselves for impact. Obscene/wonderful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • P. HAROLD
  • 09-16-16

Outstanding

Loved it - rambles away from the text of the book to great affect - truly astonishing life story

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  • Ruaridh Atkins
  • 08-29-16

Audiobook as concept album.

Best innovative use of the audiobook media format ever. Admirably honest, eloquent and funny AF.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • abe mckinnon
  • 10-13-16

Touching, crude and hilarious

a must listen for anyone with a mother or a habit. glorious and shambolic. ill read it again, sometime in future when i need a laugh or a cry.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard
  • 09-01-16

Chad Shanks Forever in Audio

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-16

I found this book completely disgusting.

Just when you thought you'd found an unsurpassable curmudgeon, Doug ruins it with a nuanced, beautiful and complex take on the human spirit.

Gross.

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  • William
  • 08-20-16

Shock and aww

Disclaimer: I'd already read "Digging Up Mother" and passed it on to my millennial son who, although possesses an aversion to paper, has nearly finished reading it. If this is the first or only actual "book" he reads, I expect my contribution to humanity to at least get one tick on the right side of literature. Yeah, you read me Poindexter.

As for the Audible version?

It's more of the same. In the best possible way.

It's the same raw/raucous story telling typical of Stanhope's stand-up, rolled into a tale that drips off the page like the sloppy wisdom of ancient drunks, capped with a satisfying whiff of middle-age reflection. But now with extra added reflection! As supplied by people-that-were-actually-there first hand accounts, a voiceover cast worthy of whatever accolades there are for such things, all strung out and together by an increasingly and appropriately inebriated Stanhope.
Chad Shank excels at co-narrating the story, his rich timbre perfectly suited for an audiobook format and no doubt a sirens' song for Killer Termites.

You may get a little teary-eyed, unless you're dead inside - but either way you will be entertained. Hand the man his freedom.

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  • Sam McLeod
  • 08-16-16

Stanhope, bloody Stanhope

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A long time coming, of course I'd recommend Digging Up Mother to a friend! Everyone should read this book, it should be in Universities across the world and worshiped as point of study for centuries to come.

Who was your favorite character and why?

That Stanhope guy, he was alright.

Have you listened to any of Doug Stanhope and Friends’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I think I've listened or seen every recording available (probably many Doug wishes weren't available), this is Doug more refined, more concentrated and obviously performed with a more collaborative approach from his standup material.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It both horrified and sexual aroused me, I'm not sure in which order that happened.

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  • Huge Ackman
  • 09-30-16

Honest and funny, real, sad and brilliant.

I really can't recommend this enough. It's a journey. Doug tells the story of his life, framed by his mother's life and death, goes off script and gets drunk with friends who fact check his dodgy recollections. What's great about it is that his stories are true, he doesn't hold anything back and being the great storyteller he is, by trade, all the way through this book feels like the full spectrum of an epic life all packaged up and caught somehow. Oh and it's p!ss funny.

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  • blake stacpoole
  • 09-28-16

Sheer brilliance!

Sheer brilliance!!! Doug wrote one hell of a book! And Chad Shank gave this a certain kind of excellence not seen before in recorded spoken word or audio books!

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  • Dean
  • 09-26-16

Brilliant!

loved every bit it inspires me to be more free of ego. funny asf left me laughing out loud quite a lot

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  • John
  • 09-20-16

Brilliant

I absolutely loved it. Great work Doug and friends. Chad Shank is my favorite on the podcast. keep up the good work boys

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  • Hayden
  • 09-11-16

The most entertaining audiobook I've ever listened too.

A very unorthodox audiobook spoken by Doug Stanhope. Felt like I was listening to one of his sets. If only more authors had the same entertaining charm.