Douglas Gene "Doug" Stanhope was born on March 25, 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is an American stand-up comedian and author. He quit high school after his freshman year and started comedy career in 1990 in Las Vegas. Stanhope has made appearances at several comedy festivals such as "Montreal Just For Laughs", "US Comedy Arts Festival" and "Edinburgh Festival Fringe", where he won the Strathmore Press Award in 2002. Stanhope was the winner of 1995 "San Francisco International Comedy Competition" where he edged out Dane Cook in a three-week contest. He claimed that his appearance on the BBC television show "Live Floor Show" was fueled by ecstasy, he also believes that TV is just for the money, but live performance is where it's at.