America loves a good redemption story, and comedian DOUG STANHOPE deserves just that. Unfairly blamed for the demise of Comedy Central's once popular "The Man Show," Stanhope has been steadily killing the comedy scene in the U.K. and Europe for the last year, waiting for the right time to rise like a humorous phoenix back home. Stanhope covers a lot of material ranging from political satire to frat-boy-friendly jack-off jokes, so there's a little bit of something for everyone; especially if you masturbate to politics. He'll be performing for two nights at the Earl. $20. Thurs.-Fri., 8:30 p.m. 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.