A self-confident drug user, libertarian and agnostic, Stanhope's humor can convey nihilism despite life-celebrating enthusiasm. His irate opposition to puritanical hysteria and superstition invites comparison with Bill Hicks. He frankly describes 'deviant' sexual activity and sometimes gruesome personal stories gleefully, blurring the lines between an "adventurous spirit" and full-blown "sicko". Stanhope violently opposes the gradual erosion of American civil liberties, particularly in his recent performances such as Deadbeat Hero.
Often subject to large-scale walk-outs by his American audiences, Stanhope admits "People will leave. I go on stage, it's like I'm leading you into battle -- you're not all going to be here at the end." comedy stand-up stand-up comedy seen live genius