Bill Hicks and America

by mattdentler
November 3, 2009 2:57 AM
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A documentary I've been following for over a year now, is Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas' American: The Bill Hicks Story. The film screens at the Sheffield Doc/Fest this weekend, and I'm excited to scope it out. Bill Hicks, like Outlaw Country music, is one of those things that Brits and Texans have in common. Hicks, who died of pancreatic cancer in 1994, was an underground sensation in the comedy clubs of central Texas. He was smart, abrasive, political, and hysterical. Bill Hicks was the original Lewis Black or David Cross, and he was more than just an inspiration to Denis Leary (who is believed to have stolen chunks of Hicks material for his own No Cure For Cancer album). Hicks was a popular guest on David Letterman's NBC show, and made the usual TV rounds, but his real success came in the UK. You mention Bill Hicks' name in America, maybe 1 out of every 10 people know who you're talking about. In the UK, it's more like 7/10. In honor of Hicks, and the latest episode of Mad Men, here is one of his popular (and relatively less offensive) subjects: the JFK assassination...


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  • Lou | November 12, 2009 9:32 AMReply

    I recently discovered Bill Hicks. I honestly cannot figure out how this guy got passed my radar. I'm a huge fan of many comedians. They are all pretenders next to Hicks. I have always felt no one could touch Carlin. But after watching Hicks's performances on the internet, Carlin lands in second place, at least in terms of political humor. Carlin's take on politics was brilliant but he never really made specific people a target. Hicks had no problem doing that. His honesty and observations were brilliant and I mourn the fact he died so young. Hicks was so ahead of the curve, it is staggering. His performances, almost 20 years old, are still as relevant today as they were then. If only he could still be with us to comment on what has happened since. What a loss for all of us.

  • andrea | November 11, 2009 10:52 AMReply

    so what do you think of the film/