Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks

Actor, Writer

BIO

William Melvin "Bill" Hicks (December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994) was an American stand-up comedian and satirist. 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." His jokes included general discussions about society, religion, politics, philosophy and personal issues. Hicks' material was often deliberately 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."

Hicks died of pancreatic cancer, which had spread to his liver, in 1994 at the age of 32. In the years after his death, his work and legacy achieved significant admiration and acclaim, of numerous comedians, writers, actors and musicians alike. He was listed as the 19th greatest stand-up comedian of all time by Comedy Central in 2004, and 6th greatest in 2007 and 4th greatest by Channel 4 in 2010.

Birthday

Dec. 16, 1961

Place of birth

Valdosta, Georgia, US

Known for

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Bill Hicks: Reflections

Comedy Dynamics sits down with Bill Hicks’ brother, Steve, who tells old stories, squashes old ru... Read more

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Bill Hicks: It's Just a Ride

Short documentary / tribute to the late, truly great American stand-up comedian Bill Hicks, inclu... Read more

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Bill Hicks Lives

Almost 20 years after the death of legendary comedian Bill Hicks, actor A.J. Moorehead performs a... Read more

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But... Seriously

A documentary juxtaposing the events of the 20th century with the commentary of stand-up comedians. Read more

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Heckler

HECKLER is a comedic feature documentary exploring the increasingly critical world we live in. Af... Read more

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Impact Video Magazine

Counter-culture video magazine created by Stuart Shapiro, featuring Bill Hicks, Robert Williams, ... Read more

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American: The Bill Hicks Story

American: The Bill Hicks Story is a biographical documentary film on the life of comedian Bill Hi... Read more

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Bill Hicks: United States of Advertising

This is Bill Hicks' LIVE final televised interview where he appeared on the Austin, Texas public ... Read more

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The Reality of Me

TROM (The Reality of Me) is an unique free online documentary, since no one has thought of such a... Read more

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Outlaw Comic: The Censoring of Bill Hicks

A biographical documentary on the late great comedian Bill Hicks and his career; in particular th... Read more