What’s Doug Stanhope talking about these days? “It’s whatever’s happening in the moment,” he says. “It’s hard to recreate anger for something like current events. Yeah, this just happened, but with the glut of information that comes at you it’s old material three weeks from now.” Known for his onstage drinking and somewhat abrasive stage presence, Stanhope is seen as a favorite among his peers. “I hate when your friends quit drinking on you, don't you? It's sad,” he tells an audience. “I've lost more friends to AA than Liberace did to the virus. It's sad to see 'em go. You see a 30-day chip on your buddy's key ring, it's like seeing a toe tag on his cold, stiff corpse.” Stanhope tries to balance the slice-of-life bits with more topical musings. “I still try to pepper it with as much silly material as I can. You don’t want to be overbearing, and at the end of the day all that stuff that’s supposedly news doesn’t affect your life anyway.” Doug Stanhope performs at Go Bananas in Montgomery Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, March 3. Showtime is 8 p.m. with a 10:30 p.m. showing Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10-$22. 513-984-9288. gobananascomedy.com.