... some people found Bill Hicks from David Letterman or from the Dennis Miller Show or from the short lived Rodney Dangerfield Show ...
... but I am both ashamed and proud to say that I first found out about Bill Hicks from the DC Vertigo comic book series The Preacher, the single greatest comic book series every fucking created. I found out about him when I lived in Phoenix, which made me instantly fall in love with his album Arizona Bay, his single greatest album.
Bill Hicks turned stand up comedy into preaching. He was our modern American Jesus Christ, a mix of Jesus and Buddah and Johnny fucking Cash, wearing all black and smoking a fucking cigarette and preaching against the government and people from Los Angeles.
This next clip is from Bill when he was still young and innocent and slightly angry, before he decided to turn his comedy into sermons and become the makeshift American comic Jesus rebel for an entire series of generations. Go out right now and buy the DVD or any of his comedy albums and you will find a nearly perfect half hour or so of comedic sermons designed to change your life and change the way you think about life and your own existance.
Bill Hicks changed my life. He really fucking did. And I hope he does yours.
Here's a young Hicks on the Dennis Miller Show ...
He was such a hilarious guy, his vision so revolutionary, his message so strong and clear and intense, that those of us left listening to him talk against Jesus and the bible and George Bush Sr. on their stereos wa-a-a-a-a-a-a-ay after the fact are simply left to do nothing but WISHING AND PRAYING AND BEGGING that he was around now to lead us, to preach to us, to rip into George Bush Jr. and to rally against the ignorant, Jesus cock-sucking republican right and effectively lead us ALL into a newer and better tomorrow.
We need Bill Hicks now more than ever. We really do. Seriously. WHAT WOULD BILL HICKS DO? God I wish he was here to lead all of us who are sick of George fucking Bush but do nothing about it but type on message boards and stupid fucking web sites. Our generation needs a Bill Hicks. We really do.
And here's another thing ... this last clip that I'm about to play, try and watch the whole thing and tell me that Dennis Leary did fucking NOT steal Bill his entire fucking gimmic?