Were it not for that bastard cancer, Bill Hicks would have turned 50 last Friday. The world would have been a better place for the last 18 years if he were still around. I didn’t find out about his work until a year after he died, but it still made a huge impact on me and how I look at the world.
Brow Beat over at Slate has a write-up about the infamous censorship, euphemistically dubbed as “cutting,” of his 1993 appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman that’s worth a read. If you aren’t familiar with his work and you’re a Netflix subscriber, give America’s Funniest Home Videos a rest for a bit and check out American: The Bill Hicks Story, a recently-produced documentary about his life, then wash it down with his 1989 special Sane Man and the four-special compilation Bill Hicks Live: Satirist, Social Critic, Stand-Up Comedian. If you don’t laugh, congratulations, you’re part of the problem.