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Denis Leary

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Denis Leary was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Nora and John Leary, Irish immigrants who had grown up together. After a childhood in the 1960s, Leary went to Emerson College in Boston, where he tried his hand at acting and writing. He was a charter member of Emerson’s Comedy Workshop, and taught at the college for five years after graduating. By that point he had written several pieces for magazines and had worked at stand-up comedy for a time. In 1990 he and his wife Ann flew to London to perform in the BBC’s Paramount City. That weekend Ann’s water broke. Their planned weekend trip became a stay of months, and Denis, with not a whole lot to do in London, wrote a one-man comedy act. He brought friends in from the States, and they wrote songs to perform on stage. Leary, with Chris Phillips and Adam Roth on guitar, performed “No Cure For Cancer” at the Edinburgh International Arts Festival in Scotland. Despite some protests about the title, the show won the Critic’s Award and the BBC Festival Recommendation. The next year the show was moved to America, and it was eventually taped and broadcast on Showtime (No Cure for Cancer (1992) (TV)). The show spawned a book, CD, cassette, and a videotape. It also started Leary’s movie career. Since then, he has starred in several films and has had two of his own TV series.

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  • iamholgerczukay

    I think the Hicks comparison is a little over exaggerated. He's pissed and likes smoking. I've been hearing this comparison for years, I just now have checked out No Cure For Cancer, and I get how he's Hicks influenced... a lot of yelling, angry about dumb societal issues, as far as straight lifting material from Hicks, I'm not catching it I guess.

    26 Jun 2014 Reply
  • LCDnewOrder

    Why isn't Bill Hicks in the related artists? OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

    5 Feb 2014 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    @MadThespian Maybe that is another reason why he is a asshole

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • MadThespian

    If you like Denis Leary, You'll love Bill Hicks. Better to hear the bits from the original. FUCK YOU Denis Leary!

    4 Mar 2012 Reply
  • agzdaredz

    Dude below states the fucking obvious!!! Why do people come on here to have a go FUCK OFF!

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • CrimeInSheldon

    It is actually unreal how much of the 'No Cure For Cancer' is lifted from Hicks.

    9 Dec 2011 Reply
  • geraitada

    hi there! if someone has Denis Leary - At the Rehab song, maybe you could share it with me? pm me! :}

    29 Oct 2011 Reply
  • OldGinkGink

    I love this guy

    12 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Adriannafiore

    How could anyone not love Denis Leary? If I weren't a lapsed Catholic before I watched him, I would be now.

    23 Jul 2011 Reply
  • SkyCathedral

    He steals

    19 Jun 2011 Reply
  • asbestos_pie

    Balless, soulless, spiritless, corporate little bitch sucker of Satan's cock. [6]

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Moestitia

    Me like.

    29 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Haz567

    is the entire merit of this guys body of work based on early plagiarism or what

    18 Dec 2010 Reply
  • PlayWithMorFeel

    @Farcough Oh you mean the smoking joke Leary used to replicate?

    17 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Farcough

    Leary > Hicks. Yeah Hicks liked smoking , we get it , no need to tell the same jokes over and over.

    1 Nov 2010 Reply
  • doqtor

    Balless, soulless, spiritless, corporate little bitch sucker of Satan's cock. [5]

    31 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Jalinde

    arsehole and life's gonna suck are made of win in my eyes. One of my fave comics anyway :D

    24 Aug 2010 Reply
  • BeenInsane

    Last.fm keeps recommending me him because I listen to Bill Hicks. I know the reccs system isn't exactly scientific, but still...

    7 Aug 2010 Reply
  • braindead88

    Balless, soulless, spiritless, corporate little bitch sucker of satan's cock. [4]

    2 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Piotrekes

    Balless, soulless, spiritless, corporate little bitch sucker of satan's cock. [3]

    26 Jun 2010 Reply
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