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Read a Great Piece Patton Oswalt Wrote About Bill Hicks

"Bill Hicks had to make his voice heard through the amorphous, ever-shifting fog of Reagan-era comfort and complacency. Comedy club audiences in the 80’s actually thought they were being revolutionary and dangerous, listening to a sport-coated, [...]

By Bradford Evans

Using Comedy to Help Overcome Addiction

Welcome to the latest installment of Tragedy Plus Time. Each segment will focus on a particular ‘life crisis’ — sometimes globally tragic, sometimes more of a personal affair — and we’ll explore how many of the comedians we know and [...]

By Matt Shafeek

Russell Crowe Is Making a Bill Hicks Biopic, Which Makes Sense

Early next year, fake gladiator Russell Crowe is set to make his directorial debut with a movie about comedy legend Bill Hicks. The film was written by Mark Staufer, a screenwriting newbie/high school friend of Crowe's. Crowe was originally [...]

By Jesse David Fox

Bill Hicks and a Priest Don’t Walk Into a Bar – They Send Letters

Back in 1993 a priest wrote to Channel 4, complaining about their airing of Bill Hick's "blasphemous" special Revelations. Smartly, and luckily for us, the network let Hicks respond directly. The result of which, is a funny, articulate, not [...]

By Jesse David Fox

Watching American: the Bill Hicks Story

It’s no secret that sometimes comedy is taken a bit too seriously. Comedy obsessives love not just the jokes, but the mechanics and emotions of the comedy world. There are a raft of comedy documentaries exploring comedy and comedians, but do [...]

By Elise Czajkowski

A New Bill Hicks EP Is Coming Out Dec. 13

To celebrate what would've been his 50th birthday, a 15-minute Bill Hicks EP is being released Dec. 13, including some previously unreleased material from a 21-year-old Hicks in Texas. It's called 12/16/61, and it's available for iTunes [...]

By Hallie Cantor

American: The Bill Hicks Story Looks Back at a Fallen Icon

The late Bill Hicks always reminded me of Johnny Cash — perhaps it’s a combination of the black suit, Southern twang, and onstage chain smoking (some of his best bits are about whiny non-smokers). Plus, in his HBO special, he wears a [...]

By Roxanne Palmer

American: The Bill Hicks Story In Theaters This Month

In the upcoming documentary American: The Bill Hicks Story, directors Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas profile the acerbic comedian's fifteen year career and wicked political comedy. Prior to his death of pancreatic cancer in 1994, Hicks was [...]

By Halle Kiefer

Bill Hicks Essential Collection Is Coming Next Tuesday

Bill Hicks was one of the best stand-ups of the last few decades until he tragically died of pancreatic cancer in 1994 at the age of 32. And now, has a new 2CD/2DVD set coming out next Tuesday the 14th which looks to be pretty essential to [...]

By Adam Frucci

I’d pay to go see Lärrydavhead open for Constanzig

The first offering from Aye Jay's Pop Sub Print Club is a series of four 7-inch screenprints, all based on comedians. You've got BillHicksFits, Lärrydavhead, Constanzig and a print of Don Rickles. The club sends you a different set of four [...]

By Adam Frucci

Russell Crowe to Play Bill Hicks?

Plus: The Coens cast some well-deserving character actors in 'A Serious Man," and Tom Cruise makes his superhero move.