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Bill Hicks finally appears on Letterman – Only 16 years late!

We were lucky enough to catch a Bill Hicks show in a small Dublin club around 1992. It was a truly riveting, hilarious and unforgettable evening!

Hicks was a comedic colossus. His socially conscious, satirical, insightful, surreal and mainly downright f*ucking hilarious work has been hugely influential. There have been a slew of Bill-lite acts out there for two decades now. Even from his early days on the circuit Bill was being ripped off (by the likes of Dennis Leary and the ilk).

The world of comedy really suffered a severe blow with his shockingly early demise from cancer, and really has not produced a comedian of the same calibre and impact since.

William Melvin Hicks, better known as Bill Hicks (December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994), was a controversial American stand-up comedian, satirist, and social critic.

Hicks is often compared to Lenny Bruce (although he frequently denied knowing much about Bruce’s life or work) and Sam Kinison (a contemporary and friend).

Comedian Richard Pryor figured largely as an inspiration and stand-up idol for Hicks, as did Woody Allen who also served strongly as a very early influence for a pre-teen Hicks.

Like Lenny Bruce, Hicks challenged formal and informal forces of censorship, and suggested a disconnect between the values and operations of modern life, particularly in the United States, a country toward which his humor frequently adopted a tone ranging from cynicism to scathing critique. Hicks characterized his own performances as “Chomsky with dick jokes”. – Wiki


Links:
Bill Hicks Media
http://www.billhicks.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Hicks

On October 1st, 1993, Bill Hicks – who was in the final stages of a battle with pancreatic cancer – performed on the Letterman show. However his performance was not only censored, it was actually cut entirely from the show.

A few months later, Hicks very sadly passed away, aged only 33.

There’s an old adage which goes “better late than never”. And it’s sometimes true. Not sure in this case though.

Last week, Letterman invited Hicks’ mother on the program apologising for censoring the Hicks piece almost 16 years ago and then aired the complete performance.

Why the f*ck did they wait so long. More specifically why the f*ck did they not air the show when Bill died, as something of a tribute to the great man and an apology.

Here’s another clip of Hicks, this time appearing on a PBS show a couple of weeks after being cut from Letterman.

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February 9, 2009 - Posted by | Bill Hicks, _COMEDY, _VIDEO

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