Bill Hicks: Angry Young Man of Stand-Up Comedy

Born in Georgia in 1961, Bill Hicks worked his way around the U.S. stand-up comedy circuit in the late 70s and throughout the 80s after first beginning his career at the Comedy Workshop in Houston, Texas, at the age of 17, when he was still a high-school student by day. By the early 90s, he had hit the big time.

Mostly known for his particular brand of anti-war, pro-smoking, corporate-bashing stand-up — Hicks was, and remains, the “angry young man” of stand-up comedy. Perhaps best remembered for his attitude to smoking – Hicks revelled in being a chain smoker and baiting the “prissy non-smokers” who urged him to quit.

But his career, and life, were cut short; he died from pancreatic cancer on 26 February 1994, at the age of 32.

5 Responses to “Bill Hicks: Angry Young Man of Stand-Up Comedy”

  1. vince says:

    I dead the ‘movie version’ of this man’s life!

  2. gnarly artly says:

    This cat is the funniest mofo I ever heard- Rant in E minor is the best- Highly recommended. Listen to everything he put out.

  3. urbangraffito says:

    Bill can be the voice of my generation any day. Especially now when the consuming public gives nary a thought to what it is they are consuming. Hicks’ rants are just as fresh and applicable as they were when he first made them…

  4. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    More Hicks (via you know who you are!)

  5. Hugh says:

    “Play from your fuckin’ heart”.

    Thanks for reminding of Bill Hicks. Bill “played” from the heart. I think any Zappa fan would love Hick’s stand-up.

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