Doug Stanhope is an American stand-up comedian, actor and author. The winner of the 1995 San Francisco International Comedy Competition, he has made appearances at several major comedy festivals, including the Montreal Just For Laughs, the US Comedy Arts Festival in Colorado, the Chicago Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Festival, where he won the Strathmore Press Award in 2002. He appeared alongside Rouse at the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh on August 2006 to 5 star reviews from the press. His live show was voted "Best Comedy Performance of the Year" by Time Out New York for both 2006 and 2008 and has been placed in the top 5 of the 20 Best Live Shows of 2009 by London's The Guardian newspaper.
In television, he has appeared in dozens of national and international standup comedy shows. In 2003 and 2004, Stanhope co-hosted the fifth and sixth seasons of The Man Show with Joe Rogan. In 2005, he hosted his own radio show on SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and also hosted Girls Gone Wild: America Uncovered. In 2007, Stanhope made two TV specials: one in the US for Showtime and one for the UK's Channel 4 Comedy Lab. In 2008, Stanhope appeared as a guest panelist on the Channel 4 programme 8 Out of 10 Cats whilst in London, and in 2011, Stanhope appeared as Eddie on the FX television show Louie. In 2010, Stanhope signed to rock and metal label Roadrunner Records to launch their new comedy label, Roadrunner Comedy.
Stanhope is also well known for announcing in 2006 that he would run for president in 2008 as a Libertarian. Later he said, "The presidential run is getting in order. You keep asking me if I'm serious. You have no idea. Let's have fun again."