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Bill Hicks


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William Melvin Hicks (* 16. Dezember 1961 in Valdosta, Georgia; † 26. Februar 1994 in Little Rock, Arkansas), besser bekannt als Bill Hicks, war ein US-amerikanischer Komiker. Er ist bekannt für seinen bissigen, oft gesellschaftskritischen Humor und wird darum vielfach mit Lenny Bruce verglichen. Er selber bezeichnete seine Auftritte als „Chomsky with dick jokes“ (etwa: „Chomsky mit Penis-Witzen“).


Hicks war schon im Jungenalter ein Possenreißer. Als Fünfzehnjähriger hat er 1977 zusammen mit einem Freund sein erstes Engagement als Stand-Up-Comedian. In der Frühzeit dieser Form der Komik können die beiden mit regelmäßigen Auftritten im Comedy Workshop in Houston Erfolge feiern. Im folgenden Jahr tritt Hicks solo auf. 1980 zieht er aus dem ländlichen Texas nach Los Angeles.

Die folgenden Jahre sind geprägt von zunehmendem Konsum von Alkohol und Drogen („I had some great time on drugs!“). Dieses selbstzerstörerische Verhalten ändert den Ton von Hicks’ Shows: Er wird rauher, Publikumsbeschimpfung („By the way, if anyone here is in advertising or marketing…kill yourself. Kill yourselves, seriously. You’re the ruiner of all things good. Seriously, no, this is not a joke. „There’s gonna be a joke coming…“ There’s no fucking joke coming, you are Satan’s spawn, filling the world with bile and garbage, you are fucked and you are fucking us, kill yourselves, it’s the only way to save your fucking soul.




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  • innercities

    "St. Peter says, hey, come on in, Hendrix is on harp tonight"

    9. Aug., 20:39 Antworten
  • martu12

    Clam Lappers and Sonic Hedgehog.

    2. Aug., 13:01 Antworten
  • HumbleGold

    tool does suck tho

    27. Jun., 10:43 Antworten
  • MetalHeadCrab

    Relevant and sorely missed.

    6. Mai., 5:13 Antworten
  • Doctored-Wings

    fuckin amazing

    25. Apr., 21:48 Antworten
  • tfaaon

    Another dead hero...

    13. Mär., 9:21 Antworten
  • Gtzk

    fuck all the bob dylans, leonard cohens and morrisseys - this is the only guy who managed to articulate my feelings and put it on record

    11. Mär., 23:15 Antworten
  • LysergicAcidity

    I worship this fuck. <3 May he rest in peace. It's been 20 years. Wow.

    28. Feb., 0:19 Antworten
  • Anniegal1

    The one and only Goat Boy! Love this guy. Legend!

    15. Feb., 23:18 Antworten
  • innercities

    "This ain't Dylan goes electric, chill out, alright? Judas! Traitor!"

    26. Jan., 0:34 Antworten
  • zxvxzx

    tool sucks a bunch of cocks

    18. Jan., 1:59 Antworten
  • tfaaon

    I'm here because of Tool. And Hicks is awesome

    15. Jan., 14:50 Antworten
  • avantish

    v I get what you are saying, there are some truth behind your words. He was a flawed man for sure, who didn't seem to enjoy life that much, especially towards to the end (Understandably). But reducing him to a mysogynist rock 'n' roll stereotype who just wants things his way, is dead wrong.

    8. Dez. 2013 Antworten
  • Orbonen

    misogynist shithead / basically the blueprint for every teenage libertarian and rockist ever

    2. Dez. 2013 Antworten
  • mefurgly

    Leary is a washed up douche, and Hicks is a legend. And for a good reason. [2]

    7. Okt. 2013 Antworten
  • Govnar-Govnarik

    I pity the ignorant sheeple unable to comprehend profound comedy of this great man.

    20. Sep. 2013 Antworten
  • iamadem

    Boubou: the way I feel about it is as long as it's anything outside of standup comedy, I'll not raise a word. I liked the "Rescue Me" series and even one or two of his movies; but as a comic, I'll never be able to respect him or take him seriously. He ruined that. As for the rest, though, he does deserve credit for being a big part of why "Rescue Me" was such a good series. He and Tolan should always collaborate--they're a great team.

    21. Aug. 2013 Antworten
  • BoubouMacoute

    I believe that Leary stole the material but can't care about it. If you judge Leary by that then choke on someting. he has done a lot of interesting things since that and they deserve recognition. It is boring to repeat the stealing - he might be a thief, but still an interesting person. "No cure for cancer" doesn't sound anything like Hicks to me, just annoying and obtrusive. Disgusting energy that I don't need. (everybody doing drugs in the 80s having fun, yay, I guess) Hicks had the right to snub him, but still... boring to hear Leary hatred from 20 year old Hicks fanatics.

    13. Aug. 2013 Antworten
  • Reflection_kill

    My hero.[2]

    5. Jun. 2013 Antworten
  • avantish

    There is a reason why Hicks and Learys friendship ended after 'No Cure for Cancer' was released in 93.. There is no doubt that Leary stole some of his routines, and not even just that, his persona and attitude as well. If you shamelesly steal from Hicks you are asking for it. Leary is a washed up douche, and Hicks is a legend. And for a good reason.

    27. Mai. 2013 Antworten
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