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Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks was the last great social satirist, the true descendent of comedians like Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor. His work confronted the hypocrisies of late-20th century American life, divining comedy from the more evil impulses of the government and the mass media while assaulting the soullessness of mainstream culture. A longtime substance abuser, Hicks' monologues addressed issues of expanded consciousness and spirituality rare to the comedy format; for all of the rage inherent in his standup, his message was one of transcendence -- as he frequently reminded audiences, "The truth will set you free." Hicks died on February 26, 1994 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 32. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Dude was awesome.
Too bad he never got to have the reality tv show "kill billy ray cyrus". Motherf**ker can still be topical 20 years later and dead. "Genius" doesn't give him justice, buts its the best word I can come up with
Wow, from how much this paragraph praises Hicks, it sure isn't much of a Bio...
Punk rock yeeeeeea
My absolute favorite comic, so smart and so ahead of his time. R.I.P Bill
This guy is amazing and was just sadly, before his time, nowadays the stuff he talked about would have been widely acceptable
Top 5 Dead or Alive
Great artist! RIP
another dead american hero! freedom and truth forever, rest in peace, billy. we all miss and need you back
Bill's music at the end of each bit is phenomenal. Such a multi-talent e d satirist who was way beyond his time. We need Bill more than ever, here's to hoping we receive a Bill for our own time. RIP Bill Hicks you were certainly one of the greatest there ever was or ever will be. -J SUPPORT FREE SPEECH! SUPPORT FREE THOUGHT!
The Oxford tape was recorded 9 days before I was born.
There was something bills mom said constantly, "why didn't you become a preacher?" And the best reply I have ever heard was " but I am mom" now if that not bad for this country. You know what I mean!!! Hahah it's a real bummer that that we have an actual thinking individual we don't want that we need to be numb and dumb!!!! You knew that right? Yeah you did!!! HHAHAHHAAHAH A H A H A H A H A H H A H H H A H H H A A H
the greatest funny man to ever live. because he questioned authority and the government.. . . . a n d he was just evil XD
Everybody rippedoff of this great.
Hicks Rules!!!!
Aaarrrrrrrgg g g g g h h h h h h h h ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

We will miss you Bill. Always one of the best
PS If there is a god, the fact that someone who brought so much honesty, enjoyment, and illumination to the world is proof that he/she/it is a f**king a**hole
Michael Quinn... How the f**k you got , Bill is on MY side, he would have hated Obama partisan bullshit from anything he said defies logic. The guy wasn't a liberal, he certainly was no f**king conservative , he just saw the bullshit all around him and called it out . Oh and I checked out your profile... Toby Keith, Christian Rap, seriously listen to more of his s**t... you pretty much idolize everything he ranted against. You f**king partisan hacks and your rationalizat i o n s .
I died and came back to life ? Wow look if all your gonna do is bad mouth and try to prove bills words false then why the f**k are you on pandora listening to him and don't say its by mistake
Bbysmael hey child your a idiot and should probably think about not reproducing yourself into s**tty lil children whos minds will fail to understand things like facts because of your s**tty ignorant mind set
oh my god with Bill so far ahead of his time when I first started hearing him honestly thought he was a comedian today until I realized that he was talking about Clinton not Obama this man could see the future in crystal crystal clear clarity.
love his ideas. the best of america!!!
Wow. 19 years today. Sad...
randy.honeyc u t t 5 7
Bill is blessed to be beyond the disappointme n t that has become society today. Can you imagine what he would say about the past decade? We need to remember the painful truths that he shoved in our ignorant faces and be thankful for his message.
this guy is doing God's work
Bill ....we miss you man....all we got are thievs
Carlin and Hicks were prophets of logic and understandin g .
Wish I could've seen Bill Hicks live. He must've been awesome.
The reason they says he was the LAST great social satirist, is because Carlin came BEFORE him...
The Beezlebozo track off of Relentless was obviously stolen by The Wayans Brothers for Homey The Clown. Another example of Hicks getting his material robbed by someone who was out to make a buck. Yeah, I'm talking to you Denis Leary
Hicks is freaking God
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I've met a Gideon before. His name was James and he was handing out bibles at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen. He had someone else with him and they were legitimate Gideons. It was the first time ever in my life I met a Gideon. Wow.
I find it wonderful how he mixed his social satire with harmonious music, especially on Arizona Bay...
I like Hicks better than Carlin it's all a matter of opinion
bikermermaid
Last great social satirist? So I guess Carlin is just a wet pile of dog turds huh? Hicks is great and all, but he's still #2 to Carlin. Carlin is the superior performer, with a better stage presence and tighter routines.
Bill was and remains the man!
cowniew
What a great talent he had for delivering the message of social injustice in America with a strong sense of humor.
Comics like this are a rare breed and you will hear many popular comics today pay homage to Bill for his disturbing funny social commentary and for not giving a sh*t what the audience thought. He was pure genius and bravery. I had the chance to see him shortly before his death in Walnut Creek, CA at the Punchline. He got booed off the stage at the end but I thought he was brilliant. I GOT him! It was my first introduction to him and I will never forget it and the empathy I felt for him.
Bill Hicks + George Carlin = The conscience of America is so very true..
kales.mike
Bill Hicks + George Carlin = The conscience of America is so very true..
stones_dad
Bill Hicks + George Carlin = The conscience of America
dennis_quinn
William Kevin Miller is a tool.
Still making us laugh :
william kevin miller... no sense of humor
Ah Mister Hicks, we will miss you.
GENIUS
GOD
The one person we need the most in our times, is gone.....
Bill would have dropped dead anyway if he lived past the year 2000. He is the greatest and still one of the most relevant. I wish he could be here to comment on things like texting and the Jonas brothers, not to mention the internet and the state of our government. But we can all take a guess on how great it would be. RIP Bill, a man before his time.
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