Johnny Depp made a ‘surprise appearance’ at the LA Comedy Store, ugh

Backstage with Ryan Adams, Johnny Depp, Kerry Mitchell, Doug Stanhope, and Brett Erickson.

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I thought Johnny Depp had no interest in coming back to LA? I thought LA was beneath him and that there was no one in LA he wanted to see? Well, Depp made his way back to LA this weekend and he surprised everyone at the Comedy Store on Saturday night. He made an appearance on stage, and posed for photos and everything.

Guess who Depp came out to see? Doug Stanhope, who is now being called “Johnny’s best friend” by some media outlets. I thought Doug and Johnny have only known each other for a few years? Hm. Stanhope was the comedian who penned that op-ed claiming that Amber Heard was a blackmailer and liar, and Stanhope knows that because Depp told him! Amber Heard currently has a pending defamation lawsuit against Stanhope, but that hasn’t stopped Stanhope from continuing to talk about his friendship with Johnny Depp. Stanhope told Howard Stern last week that Depp had called to thank him for “being honest” about Amber. Here’s what went down at the Comedy Store:

Johnny Depp went from audience member to star of the evening while hanging out at Los Angeles comedy club The Comedy Store Saturday night. E! News has learned that the Pirates of the Caribbean star was hanging out with friend Doug Stanhope as well as with other pals and comics. During comedian Mat Edgar’s set, Edgar mentioned to the audience that Depp was hanging around, but little did he know that the Edward Scissorhands actor would surprise everyone by walking out onstage.

The audience, as well as Edgar, was surprised and shocked by his unexpected cameo. When he walked out onto the stage, Depp joked that Edgar’s time was up (comedians receive 15 minutes). The two joked and bantered back and forth for a little bit, drawing a massive applause from the audience.

E! News has also learned that Depp and Stanhope arrived together and mostly hung out with each other throughout the evening. Another comedian, Stanhope was not scheduled to perform that evening, but he has performed at The Comedy Store several times in years past.

[From E! News]

So, there you go. Depp is back in LA and spending time with his bro-friends who enable him, basically. I kind of wonder if Depp is back in LA to take some meetings with his lawyers and possibly work through a comprehensive settlement with Amber. Even though Amber keeps telling the world she’s ready, willing and able to testify against him, I think if Depp gives Amber a generous enough settlement, they can put this thing to bed.


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  1. Patricia says:

    Well, that picture there is a little evidence for the “drying out” theory. His face looks way less bloated and even looks thin. I would guess he’s been drying out on his island in order to launch a PR tour once he pays off Amber. I really hope she doesn’t take the payoff and takes his ass to court.

  2. Katie says:

    I guess People’s “sources” were wrong.

  3. Kitten says:

    This reminds me of the people who came out to Cosby’s appearances and cheered for the dude.

    Johnny looks like three shades of fresh hell, HOLY.

  4. jferber says:

    Dude looks like shit. Now that he’s been outed for the abusive pr-ck he is, I hope he takes a big tumble that leaves his career in tatters. And sell that damn private island, you elitist jerk! Better yet, turn it into a nature center that tourists can visit, all profits going to anti-domestic violence groups.

  5. PunkyMomma says:

    Yes, I agree about the need for Depp to put this thing quietly to bed. Depp’s career has been damaged, and the bleeding must stop.

    Unfortunately, paying off Amber is not going to change Depp’s behavior, and his abuse of women will continue.

  6. Boo says:

    Reflecting on addictions and those caught in it, I hope he offers her many many millions (as he should) and Amber takes it and moves on with her life.

    This is not a person who can be saved. She’ll waste her time trying to get him ‘help’ and he’s not able to think straight or clearly anymore. Sooner this is settled, the sooner he wakes up.

    I also think Winona, of all people, coming out with her statement (albeit in an unrelated interview) was a form of enabling him, and that’s why he’s in LA. Winona loves him! is what his brain is probably screaming at him. He’s a sick man who needs help. Not these losers at the comedy store.

    • Naya says:

      All of the above.

      Just to add that Amber can go on with life but her movie career is over. She will do her DC film but rest assured she will not be a part of the promotion. Maybe indie films will have her but her days with the big studios are over. Meanwhile Depp will be greeted with standing applause at the next talk show interview he does. They’ll treat him like a wounded soldier returning from a righteous battle just like this comedy audience did.

    • silliness says:

      About Winona’s statement, I really agree. I saw a few of the comments on that thread yesterday, and while I think she was very careful in how she spoke and worded things, I think just ANYBODY speaking up and saying that that wasn’t their experience with him, even when they are not trying to imply that Amber might have lied and Johnny never was abusive, IS enabling him. And it just perpetuates the rhetoric that victims shouldn’t be believed if nobody else experienced that dynamic when they were in a relationship with the abuser.

      I really think that if she was going to comment, all she should have said was, “Domestic violence is a very serious issue, and I am withholding my comment to avoid causing any more damage to either party in the court of public opinion and I wish them the best.”

      Also, this is my first time posting. I have to say this place is a haven of common sense. The discussion is so intelligent, knowledgeable and respectful.

  7. lisa2 says:

    I still think he did a rehab thing on that island. And he went to the comedy show of that guy that slammed Amber. I suppose this was a “thank you man” for your support. And it gives the guy some much needed PR.

    One hand washes the other. I hope this whole thing ends soon. One way or the other.

  8. cindy says:

    Every post I think I couldn’t like him any less, but here we are again. The bro bonding stuff makes me seeth. Doug Stanhope is so glowing and happy to be johnny’s new bestie. What a cockroach.

    I know I’m in the minority but I don’t think depp’s image will ever recover from this. If he was in his thirties, yes. But his body is too damaged and he can’t really “clean up” at this point, even if he tried. He will always be remembered as the old wasted ghoulish looking drug addict. Even if many don’t believe the abuse allegations….. Look at him. He looks so bad it’s uncomfortable to see. I also think given a little time, most will believe he beat Amber. Right now he has all this power in Hollywood, but as he continues to age and decline I think his power will too.

    Oh, and just scrolled back up to the photo and looked closer at Depp. Those are some seriously haunted looking eyes.

    • silliness says:

      Not that I wish ill on anyone, but dammit, I really you’re right and his career takes a nosedive! I know this is definitely going to hurt Amber’s career, for a while at least, despite the Justice League movies. I think it’s going to take her a good while for people to forget this mess, even if it wasn’t her fault.

    • Shockadelica81 says:

      Yep yep! Stanhope is just happy to be around a famous person. He’s so starstruck that when it turns out that Depp lied to him about the blackmail crap, he’ll still make excuses and kiss his ass as usual so he keep his free trips,free gifts,free publicity,and book forewords coming.

  9. Sam says:

    Wasn’t there some reference made to the fact that supposedly there’s an actual video that shows him hitting Amber at some point? At this point, he could pay her simply to keep that out of the public arena. People can believe that he hit her, but a video would be the death of him, I really think. DV is one thing when you have to imagine or think of it – to actually see it on video would be quite another. Ray Rice learned that the hard way.

    And I also wonder if he’s intentionally letting himself look this bad just so he can play the “poor johnny, look at what that succubus has done to him” card. Although he’s looked this bad for a while, so I’m not sure if you can blame that on her.

    • silliness says:

      My guess is that they’re holding onto that video for trial as evidence. I feel like the pictures were released as a way to show that there was indeed concrete evidence against him when everyone was saying the worst about her. But I don’t believe that video is just going to cease to exist. And I really hope they can use it against him in court.

  10. Insomniac says:

    Good god. If you showed me that picture and didn’t tell me who was in it, I’d never guess that was Johnny. And I used to have a very unhealthy obsession with him back in the 80s and 90s.

    Sorry to say that I don’t think this is hurting, or will hurt, his career much at all.

  11. Anna says:

    Since he starts his tour of U.S. Next week, the reports of his staying away were incorrect. He had an appearance on jonesy’s jukebox yesterday. I don’t see how being on tour is a good idea for this guy.

  12. Capepopsie says:

    Hopefully he has an appointment
    with his dentist?

  13. TeamAwesome says:

    Ugh, Ryan Adams, why?? I know you’re a sucky baby at times but I truly love your music and now whilst singing along to Come Pick Me Up, I have to think about this picture.

  14. Tania says:

    Wow. If I were to read online that he OD’d, I’d believe it.

  15. Lorelei says:

    I hope so so much that Amber doesn’t take any settlement and goes to trial. It’s the only way for the larger audiences to start believing he is an abuser. If she goes away quietly the conclusion will be “poor poor Johnny who was wrongly accused by that lying gold digger who went away after getting payed”

    • Lady D says:

      I want her to take him to court too, but more, I want her to do what’s best for her. Her life is never going to be the same again because of him.

    • Shockadelica81 says:

      True but there has to be a settlement at some point in a divorce. But I hope she doesn’t take more than what is legally allowed in California which is 50% of what they both made during the marriage. Take that amount or more only if he admits to what he did and apologized in a statement.His lawyer stopped the June 17th hearing for a reason. I’m sure they’ve tried to pay her off many times in the last month but she’s not budging.And why would he give her more than legality required if she’s making up horrible allegations against him? What is he scared of?

      • silliness says:

        There is, but I believe they are two different matters. They can settle the divorce, and still go to trial on the domestic abuse. I really hope they manage to do it this way, just because I want her to get her day in court and have her name cleared, at least that way. The divorce itself is going to be another matter entirely.

        I’m sure his team is hoping to settle both matters out of court though. The fact that it hasn’t happened yet makes me believe she’s not budging, and I’m glad she isn’t!

  16. jferber says:

    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Johnny Depp can’t act. He was okay in Chocolat because he is a boy fantasy to many people. I don’t think Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Crybaby, Ed Wood or Sleepy Hollow show that Depp has any talent for acting. It’s true I didn’t see his Whitey Bulger movie, but it’s on HBO this week and I’ll watch it. Can someone tell me an acting role in which he was outstanding? He had a cute face and looked like James Dean, but at best he was adequate in his movies, in my opinion. He had luck and good looks. I think they both are gone by now.

  17. Cali says:

    I was disappointed in Winona Ryder for speaking out about him in a positive way (especially since their relationship was a million freaking moons ago). I want just one or two exes to come forward and give some credit to Amber. It freaks me out that so many believe the crap Johnny’s team is spinning. Although, he may have been “Fine” when he dated the exes but he’s so far into his addictions that he probably is nothing like the man they knew, but who knows. I just know that the very sight of him now makes my skin crawl.

    He looks so awful. Outside starting to match the inside?

    • Carol says:

      Maybe he wasn’t abusive to his exes. Why is that so unbelievable? That doesn’t mean he wasn’t abusive to Amber. Doesn’t negate Amber’s accusations. I know what you are saying though. That if he had a couple exes come out with stories of abuse it would shore up Amber’s claim. I get it. But the sad reality is, sometimes people change, especially if they are addicts, in ways that are not believable to people who had loved them previously.

  18. guest says:

    Is Johnny Depp guilty of domestic abuse without any charges filed?

    Yes, he looks bloated and has bad teeth.

  19. Velvet Elvis says:

    I’m wondering if it wasn’t suggested to him by his people that slinking off to his private island was bad PR and only made him seem like he was hiding out in shame….that what he really needed to be doing was working the crowd and appearing as if he was just normal Johnny Depp with nothing to hide.

  20. Deeana says:

    Someone wrote “there has to be a settlement in every divorce at some point”. I just wanted you younger gals who post here to know that this is not necessarily true. In my home state of Pennsylvania there is an action called “Equitable Distribution”. This type of a court filing is for cases where there has been no voluntary financial settlement agreement by the parties to a divorce. I would think that every state has on, but it may be called something else in other states.

    There are specific laws and guidelines that judges follow in adjudicating these actions. And it can sometimes take several years to get an “Equitable Distribution” case to trial.

    Back in the ’90s I had an ex who was being absolutely ridiculous in what he said he would “give me” as a divorce settlement. I filed an “Equitable Distribution” action and after learning that at the time in my state, despite divorce being “no fault”, equitable distribution was not. The parameters actually said that the parties’ “misbehaviors” (or words to that effect could be considered in making an award. At that point, I instructed my attorney to ask to award me the moon and the stars and the sun.

    Turns out the judge apparently either didn’t like the ex or didn’t like his actions, because let’s just say I might not have gotten the sun, but I got the moon and the stars.

    So if any of you find yourself in a position of dealing with a non-cooperative ex, talk to your attorney and find out what is available in your state before you agree to any settlement that is not in your best interest.

    • Shockadelica81 says:

      That was me who wrote that and I’m almost 35. I was talking about the state of California if you read my post.Amber Heard Is only allowed 50% of what they both made during the marriage.California is a no fault state and they didn’t have a prenup. Don’t know if equitable distribution is a law in California.

  21. Maryscott O'Connor says:

    He doesn’t look remotely sober. He looks like his chickens came home to roost, laid eggs, and then died in his hair.