Sunday, November 16, 2003
Bill Hicks Bootlegs
Photograph by Chris Saunders
Bill Hicks was one of the most under-rated, over-looked comedians in the history of standup. He is probably my favorite stand up comedian -- thats a list which includes Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Robin Williams, and Bill Cosby.
By dumb luck, I had the rare privilege of seeing Bill Hicks perform live some 15 years ago. At Carolines, when it was down by the South Street Seaport. Scathingly funny, brilliant observations, biting political commentary. I laughed so fucking hard my stomach hurt for three days afterwards -- He was THAT funny.
Hicks was an original, whose comic sensibilities fell somewhere between Carlin and Bruce, with the anger of Pryor thrown in for good measure. His untimely death in February 1994 of pancreatic cancer extinguished one of the brightest lights in comedy.
Now, thanks to the hard work of some maniac in the UK, an archive of many Bill Hicks live performances (Bootlegs) have been posted.
But to see Bill Hicks to best effect, you need to watch (or listen) to him weave a tapestry of attitude, truth, logic and humor. Spend a few bucks and buy a CD: Hicks has 8 or so discs, and they are all DEFINITELY worth checking out, although some are more brilliant than others.
The top 3 are probably:
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