Interviews

Comedian Doug Stanhope on the Death of His Friends Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl

Comedian Doug Stanhope makes his living going into dark places and making people laugh. Even a cursory glance at his act -- which has included a lengthy reflection on helping his ailing mother commit suicide -- demonstrates that the man has little time for fear and that he can wring laughs out of the worst subjects.

But in light of the news that Stanhope's neighbors, tenants, and close friends Amy and Derrick Ross, better known as Bisbee-based Americana duo Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl, had passed away in the 24 hours leading up to our Tuesday, October 15, interview, we fully expected that Stanhope would postpone our interview, set up last week by his manager Brian Hennigan. Instead, he wanted to talk.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.