By Cynthia True
Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Andy Kaufman -- upload invoice Hicks to that record of significant, fearless comics. simply rising from underground cult prestige while he died at age thirty-two, invoice Hicks spent such a lot of his existence making audiences roar -- and censors draw back -- with biting social satire approximately every thing from former president George Bush to rock stars who hawk nutrition Coke. His nervy expertise redefined the limits of comedy within the '80s and gained him a listing of admirers that incorporates John Cleese, George Carlin, and Thom Yorke of Radiohead.
This posthumous biography unearths for the 1st time what made invoice Hicks tick -- what made him giggle, what pissed him off, and what he observed as his final venture: to free up humans from their felony of lack of expertise. From his first comedy gig at Bible camp to his notorious cancellation on The overdue exhibit with David Letterman, Cynthia real portrays an artist whose outrage, force, and compassion fueled a arguable physique of labor that also resonates today.
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Bill was thinking about his look. He disliked the gap between his front teeth and he wanted to lose some of his baby fat. He was always joking about the buzz cut he got for Bulba making him look like a punk rocker, and though he wasn't really a punk fan he was into the attitude and the lean mean Sid Vicious look. He started taking over-the-counter Dexatrim, and between the diet pills and all the walking, Bill dropped weight rapidly. His major obsession, however, was with his name. He hated Bill Hicks and he was forever trying to come up with something new.
When I pull the chair out, the guy who falls down? Paralyzed. ' " The joke was a classic example of Bill's deftness in setting up a surprise ending, something he delighted in. He would cleverly drop in a detail in the setup, lead the audience away from it, and suddenly wrap back to it for an even bigger laugh. "The audience would just explode at that. He was the king of tags. What he really liked about this joke was in the end he portrayed himself as the victim of it all. ' That was a big, big laugh.
By the end of September, Bill was back in Burbank for a visit. He and Dwight planned a massive prayer session in their apartment that they envisioned as a cosmic Woodstock, a jam session of every god, deva, and angel. "We had been dabbling with prayer and decided simply to go for broke," Dwight said. " They got up early the morning of Sunday, September 26, lit candles and incense, and observed silence until noon. They continued with a half-hour of TM and then Bill put on a tape of Kathumi, a New Age guru he had found.
American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story by Cynthia True