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William Melvin Hicks was born on 16 December 1961. As a child, Bill wanted to be a comic and at 13 would try to sneak into clubs to perform. In 1978, he achieved a regular slot and a special work permit due to his young age. Bill toured, performing his brand of black humour amid a fug of cigarette smoke. His shows were intense, angry diatribes on religion, consumerism and politics, designed to both engage with and alienate the audience. He addressed big existential questions and rallied for revolution.... moreWilliam Melvin Hicks was born on 16 December 1961. As a child, Bill wanted to be a comic and at 13 would try to sneak into clubs to perform. In 1978, he achieved a regular slot and a special work permit due to his young age. Bill toured, performing his brand of black humour amid a fug of cigarette smoke. His shows were intense, angry diatribes on religion, consumerism and politics, designed to both engage with and alienate the audience. He addressed big existential questions and rallied for revolution. When a member of the audience once complained: "We don't come to comedy to think". Bill retorted: "Gee! Where do you go to think? I'll meet you there!" In 1993 he won the Rolling Stone Hot Stand-up Comic of the Year. His shows were extremely well received in the UK, and he started work on projects for Channel 4. He was close to breaking into the mainstream, when in June 1993, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He died on 26 February 1994, aged 32.

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4 out of 5 Bill Hicks - How's your Job? Explicit quote warning Related videos
I started out in this club (The Comedy Store, LA) ten years ago. I want you to know I started out when I was 15 years old and it's kinda weird doing comedy when you're 15 and going up in front of strangers, I dont know these people and it's... more

4 out of 5 Bill Hicks on Girlfriends Explicit quote warning Related videos
My girlfriend left me after five years. I loved her more than anything in the f***ing world, and she just split on me. Do you remember your first love, doesn't that hurt, isn't that hard to get over? But I think it helped my career...... more

4 out of 5 Bill Hicks on Advertising Explicit quote warning Related videos
Supreme Court says pornography is anything without artistic merit that causes sexual thought, that's their definition, essentially. No artistic merit. Causes sexual thought. Hmm. Sounds like every commercial on television,... more

4 out of 5 Bill Hicks the Blue Dot Explicit quote warning
What is this titillation? I just don't get it, maybe I'm just this jaded Goat boy... I'll tell you a story, I'm walking around the West End (of London) and there's a bus full of f***ing tourists from Idaho. Coming out of their bus, bumped... more

5 out of 5 Bill Hicks the JFK Assassination Explicit quote warning Related videos
I love talking about Kennedy. I was just down in Dallas, Texas. y'know you can go down there to Dealey Plaza where Kennedy was assassinated. And you can actually go to the 6th floor of the Schoolbook Depository. It's a museum called:... more

4 out of 5 Bill Hicks on Gays in the Military Explicit quote warning Related videos
You never see my attitude in the press. That's what bugs me. You never see my point of view. For instance - gays in the military. Now, I don't know how y'all feel about it. Gays want to be in the military. Here's how I feel about it, alright?... more

3 out of 5 Bill Hicks on Snooker Explicit quote warning Related videos
You ever sit around and see what's coming up on the news? Unbelievably depressing. This half hour, war, death, famine, AIDS, homeless, recession, depression, drought, flood, earthquake, riot and snooker highlights. Thank god... more

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