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Valdosta, Georgia (1978 – 1994)

William Melvin “Bill” Hicks (December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and musician. His humor challenged mainstream beliefs, aiming to “enlighten people to think for themselves.” Hicks used a ribald approach to express his material, describing himself as “Chomsky with dick jokes”, while conceding that his humor was “caring”. His material largely consisted of general discussions about society, religion, politics, philosophy and personal issues. Hicks’ material was often controversial and steeped in dark comedy. In both his stand-up performances and during interviews, he often criticized consumerism, superficiality, mediocrity and banality within the media and popular culture, describing them as oppressive tools of the ruling class, meant to “keep people stupid and apathetic.”

Born in Valdosta, Georgia, Bill Hicks was the son of Jim and Mary (Reese) Hicks and had two older siblings: sister Lynn and brother Steve. The family lived in Florida, Alabama, and New Jersey, before settling in Houston, Texas when Hicks was seven. He was raised in the Southern Baptist faith, where he first began performing as a comedian for other children at Sunday School.

Hicks was 16 years old when he started performing stand-up comedy at the Comedy Workshop in Houston, Texas, in 1978. During the 1980s he toured the United States extensively and performed a number of high-profile television appearances.

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  • innercities

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

    9 Aug 8:39pm Reply
  • martu12

    Clam Lappers and Sonic Hedgehog.

    2 Aug 1:01pm Reply
  • HumbleGold

    tool does suck tho

    27 Jun 10:43am Reply
  • MetalHeadCrab

    Relevant and sorely missed.

    6 May 5:13am Reply
  • Doctored-Wings

    fuckin amazing

    25 Apr 9:48pm Reply
  • tfaaon

    Another dead hero...

    13 Mar 9:21am Reply
  • 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 Mar 11:15pm Reply
  • LysergicAcidity

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

    28 Feb 12:19am Reply
  • Anniegal1

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

    15 Feb 11:18pm Reply
  • innercities

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

    26 Jan 12:34am Reply
  • zxvxzx

    tool sucks a bunch of cocks

    18 Jan 1:59am Reply
  • tfaaon

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

    15 Jan 2:50pm Reply
  • 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 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Orbonen

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

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • mefurgly

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

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Govnar-Govnarik

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

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • 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 Reply
  • Reflection_kill

    My hero.[2]

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • 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 May 2013 Reply
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