Bill Hicks Top 5


Written by Hannah Grantz
25 Monday 25th October 2010
American: The Bill Hicks Story, a photo-animated documentary, narrates the comedian’s life story through the personal memories and reminiscences of close friends and family. While prior Hicks films have featured much of the stand-up material shown here before, where American stands apart from the crowd is in capturing the man behind the legend. It offers a moving and deeply personal portrait of Hicks from being a precocious teen breaking into the local comedy circuit, through years of alcoholism and consciousness expanding drug experience, to his later sobriety, international success and cancer.
Hicks is best known for his strong stance against censorship and the down-to-earth outlook he gave to challenge life’s norms. Though he died of pancreatic cancer at the early age of 32, Hicks remains a legend for his stand-up comedy routines. We’ve picked five of our favourites.
Play From Your Fucking Heart
“When did mediocrity and banality become a good image for your children? I want my children listening to people who fucking rocked. I don’t care if they died in puddles of their own vomit.”
“The movie started, Sharon Stone was eating another woman for an hour and a half... then the credits rolled.”

Drugs and Evolution
“Do you think magic mushrooms growing atop cow shit was an accident? Where do you think the phrase ‘that’s good shit’ came from?”

Dinosaurs in the Bible
“Dinosaur. You know, if the world’s 12,000 years old dinosaurs existed, and they existed in that time, you’d think it would’ve been mentioned in the fucking Bible at some point.”
Positive Drug Story
“You never see positive drug stories in the news do you? Isn’t that weird since most of the experiences I’ve had on drugs were real fucking positive...”

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