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WHERE: The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth St.
WHEN: 10 p.m. Sep. 19
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Doug Stanhope gets a little flustered when he's asked to talk about his stand-up comedy act.
Sighing, the 46-year-old comedian said, "I suck at talking about my act. I do what I do."
Of course, people are welcome to come give it a try. The former "Man Show" co-host performs Sept. 19 at The Empty Glass. If you're interested in trying before buying, he also has a new comedy special, "Beer Hall Putsch," available on Netflix.
The title is a reference to Adolph Hitler and the Nazis' unsuccessful attempt to seize Munich, Germany and ignite a revolution in 1923.
Stanhope's putsch is less ambitious -- maybe make a few people laugh, continue to make a living. He doesn't have to make a whole lot. He lives in a small town. His house is paid off.
"The plan is we put that [the special] up on Netflix, then next week it goes digital and then we release it on DVD," he said Monday.
He sighed, sounding a little unsure as to how this might be successful commercially. Finally, he added, "Everything is kind of weird now."
Stanhope's comedy can get more than a little weird. It's sometimes very dark and often incredibly personal. In "Beer Hall Putsch," recorded in the spring, he discusses, among other things, violent sexual fantasies involving professional football players, the ineptitude of "Occupy Wall Street" and helping his mother commit suicide.
He's currently working on new material.
"I just put out the special," he said. "I need all new sh-t. I'll be pulling any half-baked, unworked idea out of my a-- over the next couple of months to make another beautiful baby."
The problem is there hasn't been a lot going on past the usual.