Comedian Doug Stanhope announced today that he will be playing the Litla-Hraun prison in Iceland on September 25, 2011.  “I've finally landed a gig in Iceland where I've always wanted to go,” said Stanhope. “My wife Bingo and I planned a trip over at the end of September and the Mayor of Reykjavik, comedian Jon Gnarr, is hooking me up with a gig playing at the only maximum security prison in the country. So, if you're in Iceland and want to go to the show, you have a couple of months to get convicted of something and then you'll be able to see me absolutely free.”

Added Stanhope, “Here's the deal. I will only ever play Iceland at the prison. I want to create what will be commonly known as the 'Doug Stanhope defense,' where defendants claim that they only committed the crime in order to get into my show. That would amuse the shit out of me. I have very little ego about all the trappings of this silly life but a few things still make me smile.”

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Stanhope seems to be making a habit of performing at unorthodox venues in Scandinavia; his most recent album, Oslo: Burning the Bridge to Nowhere, was recorded in an abandoned factory in the Grünerløkka suburb of Oslo, Norway. That album was released May 3, and topped the Billboard comedy chart.

He'll be performing some US tour dates later this year, prior to the release of his next CD/DVD, recently captured in Salt Lake City. Here are the dates:

9/23/2011 City Stage at Level 5 Wilmington, NC
10/5/2011 Mayne Stage Chicago, IL
10/6/2011 Mayne Stage Chicago, IL
10/7/2011 Raoul's Velvet Room Overland Park, KS
10/13/2011 Studio 7 Seattle, WA
10/14/2011 Bagdad Theater & Pub Portland, OR
10/20/2011 West Palm Beach Improv West Palm Beach, FL
10/21/2011 Relapse Theatre Atlanta, GA
10/26/2011 Pittsburgh Improv Homestead, PA
10/27/2011 Cleveland Improv Cleveland, OH
10/28/2011 Sinking Ship Indianapolis, IN
11/17/2011 Trees Dallas, TX
11/18/2011 Red 7 Austin, TX
11/30/2011 Irvine Improv Irvine, CA
12/1/2011 Brea Improv Brea, CA
12/10/2011 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ (All Ages benefit for the Tucson Humane Society)