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“This DVD contains everything your parents hate, everything the church preaches against, and everything the government fears. Enjoy!” - Bill Hicks
Richard Pryor called him “an inspired and inspiring truth teller, dangerous and brave and scary all at once.” Salon hailed him as “astonishing…one of America’s best and darkest comedians.” He was celebrated, censored and sometimes even physically assaulted. More than a decade after his tragic death at age 32, Bill Hicks is still considered one of the greatest comedy geniuses of our generation.
Now for the first time, the new DVD BILL HICKS LIVE: Satirist, Social Critic, Stand-Up Comedian captures the legendary comedian in three of his most notorious full-length filmed performances: HBO’s One Night Stand from the Old Vic Theatre in Chicago, Revelations from the Dominion Theatre in London and Relentless, Bill’s infamous breakout performance at the Montreal Comedy Festival.
Here is Hicks at his most explosive, assaulting stages and audiences with his fiery insights into our twisted world; the government, the military, the police, religion, smoking, pornography, anti-drug paranoia and even a couple of dick jokes. Simply put, BILL HICKS LIVE is the ultimate document of an extraordinary performer at his absolute peak. As a bonus, the DVD also includes It’s Just A Ride, the acclaimed 1994 documentary that explores Bill’s remarkable life and legacy featuring additional performance clips and insights from peers including Eddie Izzard and Eric Bogosian. Total running time for the DVD is nearly 3 _ hours of uncut, uncensored and uncompromising Bill Hicks.
Throughout his brief but brilliant career, Hicks was a fearlessly confrontational and always controversial force. Today he remains an inspiration to musicians, comedians, writers and filmmakers worldwide, including such hardcore Hicks fans as Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Tool, Tom Waits, Henry Rollins, Eric Bogosian, John Cleese, David Cross, Richard Linklater, Janeane Garofalo and Dennis Miller. His CDs – including seven acclaimed Rykodisc releases – remain among the most popular comedy albums. And this fall sees the publication of Love All The People, an unprecedented collection of Bill’s stand-up routines, dairies, letters and final writings, with a foreword by John Lahr.
"To me,” Bill Hicks once said, “the comic is the guy who says 'Wait a minute' as the consensus forms. He's the antithesis of the mob mentality. The comic is a flame – like Shiva the Destroyer, toppling idols no matter what they are." On the tenth anniversary of his death earlier this year, England’s House Of Commons issued a proclamation that read in part, “His words would be a bullet in the heart of consumerism, capitalism, and the American Dream; and mourns the passing of one of the few people who may be mentioned as being worthy of inclusion with Lenny Bruce in any list of unflinching and painfully honest political philosophers.”
BILL HICKS LIVE: Satirist, Social Critic, Stand-Up Comedian –arriving October 26th on Rykodisc – is the first official DVD release from this legendary maverick performer. For fans, it is a holy grail of comedic truth. For those who have never experienced Hicks’ incendiary genius, it will be a revelation.
"Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Here's Tom with the weather." - Bill Hicks