History Creator / BillHicks

25th May '16 12:49:14 PM Willbyr
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'''William Melvin "Bill" Hicks''' (December 16, 1961 -- February 26, 1994) was an American [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy stand-up comedian,]] born in Georgia and raised in Texas from the age of 7. He began his stand-up career in the late 1970's, having grown up a big fan of Creator/WoodyAllen and Creator/RichardPryor, and would often sneak out of the house, to perform sets at local clubs. His rebellious, free-thinking attitude was obvious at a young age, to the point that his parents actually brought him to a psychoanalyst at age 17; the analyst actually sided with Bill.

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'''William Melvin "Bill" Hicks''' (December 16, 1961 -- February 26, 1994) was an American [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy stand-up comedian,]] born in Georgia and raised in Texas from the age of 7. He began his stand-up career in the late 1970's, having grown up a big fan of Creator/WoodyAllen and Creator/RichardPryor, and would often sneak out of the house, house to perform sets at local clubs. His rebellious, free-thinking attitude was obvious at a young age, to the point that his parents actually brought him to a psychoanalyst at age 17; the analyst actually sided with Bill.



Bill was part of a particularly infamous moment in late-night talk show history, with his aborted final appearance on ''Late Night With Creator/DavidLetterman'' in 1993. The material in his five minute set included some cynical material about the pro-life movement, which afterward led to the entire set being pulled from the air. To say Bill was displeased [[BerserkButton would be a massive understatement,]] and he made no secret of his bitter feelings afterward. This came shortly after Bill's diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. Despite this, he continued performing at his usual rate until he finally went home to be with his parents in Little Rock, Arkansas, in early 1994, where he passed away. Years later, Letterman expressed regret over the incident, and even [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments invited Bill's mother on the show to watch the clip being broadcast at last.]]

Hicks' caustic style of observational comedy focused mostly, on his (very) low opinion of society and the media, with venomous attacks on politicians and shallow pop culture. He also covered his own personal habits and problems, most notably his addiction to cigarettes and psychedelic experiences.

He has a number of high profile fans, including [[Creator/MontyPython John Cleese,]] Bill Bailey, Richard Jeni, Creator/GeorgeCarlin, Creator/WarrenEllis, Creator/GarthEnnis, Music/HenryRollins, Music/{{Tool}}, and Music/{{Radiohead}}. Hicks also made a posthumous appearance in an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}.''

A documentary film about his life, entitled ''American: The Bill Hicks Story'' was released in 2010.

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Bill was part of a particularly infamous moment in late-night talk show history, with his aborted final appearance on ''Late Night With Creator/DavidLetterman'' in 1993. The material in his five minute set included some cynical material about the pro-life movement, which afterward led to the entire set being pulled from the air. To say Bill was displeased [[BerserkButton would be a massive understatement,]] understatement]], and he made no secret of his bitter feelings afterward. This came shortly after Bill's diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. Despite this, he continued performing at his usual rate until he finally went home to be with his parents in Little Rock, Arkansas, in early 1994, where he passed away. Years later, Letterman expressed regret over the incident, and even [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments invited Bill's mother on the show to watch the clip being broadcast at last.]]

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Hicks' caustic style of observational comedy focused mostly, mostly on his (very) low opinion of society and the media, with venomous attacks on politicians and shallow pop culture. He also covered his own personal habits and problems, most notably his addiction to cigarettes and psychedelic experiences.

He has a number of high profile fans, including [[Creator/MontyPython John Cleese,]] Cleese]], Bill Bailey, Richard Jeni, Creator/GeorgeCarlin, Creator/WarrenEllis, Creator/GarthEnnis, Music/HenryRollins, Music/{{Tool}}, and Music/{{Radiohead}}. Hicks also made a posthumous appearance in an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}.''

''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''.

A documentary film about his life, entitled ''American: The Bill Hicks Story'' Story'', was released in 2010.









* BrickJoke: ''Rant in E-Minor'' has a bit about Gideons [[note]] the people who distribute Bibles and New Testaments in places like hotels [[/note]] at one point, wondering where the hell they come from. Towards the end of the show:

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* BrickJoke: ''Rant in E-Minor'' has a bit about Gideons [[note]] the Gideons[[note]]the people who distribute Bibles and New Testaments in places like hotels [[/note]] hotels[[/note]] at one point, wondering where the hell they come from. Towards the end of the show:



-->Anyone... '''DUMB ENOUGH'''... To want to be in the military... Should be allowed! [...] AREN'T Y'ALL FUCKIN' HIRED KILLERS?! '''SHUT UP!'''

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-->Anyone... '''DUMB ENOUGH'''... To to want to be in the military... Should should be allowed! [...] AREN'T Y'ALL FUCKIN' HIRED KILLERS?! '''SHUT UP!'''



* ConspiracyTheorist: Especially regarding [[WhoShotJFK the Kennedy assassination;]] Hicks strongly disbelieved the official version.

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* ConspiracyTheorist: Especially regarding [[WhoShotJFK the Kennedy assassination;]] assassination]]; Hicks strongly disbelieved the official version.



--->I took what Terence [=McKenna=] refers to as a ''heroic'' dose... [''audience laughs''] Five dried grams... [''audience ooohs''] Yeah, my third eye was squeegeed quite cleanly.

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--->I --->[''referring to mushrooms''] I took what Terence [=McKenna=] refers to as a ''heroic'' dose... [''audience laughs''] Five dried grams... [''audience ooohs''] Yeah, my third eye was squeegeed quite cleanly.
23rd Apr '16 12:05:39 AM CassandraLeo
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'''William Melvin "Bill" Hicks''' (December 16, 1961 -- February 26, 1994) was an American [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy stand-up comedian,]] born in Georgia and raised in Texas from the age of 7. He began his stand-up career in the late 1970's, having grown up a big fan of Creator/WoodyAllen and Creator/RichardPryor, and would often sneak out of the house, to perform sets at local clubs. His rebellious, free thinking attitude was obvious at a young age, to the point that his parents, actually brought him to a psychoanalyst at age 17; the analyst actually sided with Bill.

His love of recreational drugs took a toll on his finances, but after years of working the nightclub circuit, he finally got his big break on Creator/RodneyDangerfield's ''Young Comedians Special.'' From there, he moved to New York City, and began performing 300 times a year for the next several years. He developed a habit of chain smoking while on stage, which worked its way into his act almost immediately. In 1989, his first video, ''Sane Man,'' was released. In 1990, his first album, ''Dangerous,'' hit the shelves, and a television special, ''One Night Stand,'' came out that same year. Despite the exposure, Hicks never quite broke through like his contemporaries, such as Creator/SamKinison, but he did gain a big following in the UK, where he taped another special, ''Revelations.'' On this special, he debuted his now iconic "It's Just A Ride" speech to close the show.

Bill was part of a particularly infamous moment in late night talk show history, with his aborted final appearance on ''Late Night With Creator/DavidLetterman'' in 1993. The material in his five minute set, included some cynical material about the pro-life movement, which afterward led to the entire set, being pulled from the air. To say Bill was displeased [[BerserkButton would be a massive understatement,]] and he made no secret of his bitter feelings afterward. This came shortly after Bill's diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. Despite this, he continued performing at his usual rate, until he finally went home to be with his parents in Little Rock, Arkansas, in early 1994, where he passed away. Years later, Letterman expressed regret over the incident, and even [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments invited Bill's mother on the show to watch the clip being broadcast at last.]]

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'''William Melvin "Bill" Hicks''' (December 16, 1961 -- February 26, 1994) was an American [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy stand-up comedian,]] born in Georgia and raised in Texas from the age of 7. He began his stand-up career in the late 1970's, having grown up a big fan of Creator/WoodyAllen and Creator/RichardPryor, and would often sneak out of the house, to perform sets at local clubs. His rebellious, free thinking free-thinking attitude was obvious at a young age, to the point that his parents, parents actually brought him to a psychoanalyst at age 17; the analyst actually sided with Bill.

His love of recreational drugs took a toll on his finances, but after years of working the nightclub circuit, he finally got his big break on Creator/RodneyDangerfield's ''Young Comedians Special.'' From there, he moved to New York City, and began performing 300 times a year for the next several years. He developed a habit of chain smoking while on stage, which worked its way into his act almost immediately. In 1989, his first video, ''Sane Man,'' was released. In 1990, his first album, ''Dangerous,'' hit the shelves, and a television special, ''One Night Stand,'' came out that same year. Despite the exposure, Hicks never quite broke through like his contemporaries, such as Creator/SamKinison, but he did gain a big following in the UK, where he taped another special, ''Revelations.'' On this special, he debuted his now iconic "It's Just A a Ride" speech to close the show.

Bill was part of a particularly infamous moment in late night late-night talk show history, with his aborted final appearance on ''Late Night With Creator/DavidLetterman'' in 1993. The material in his five minute set, set included some cynical material about the pro-life movement, which afterward led to the entire set, set being pulled from the air. To say Bill was displeased [[BerserkButton would be a massive understatement,]] and he made no secret of his bitter feelings afterward. This came shortly after Bill's diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. Despite this, he continued performing at his usual rate, rate until he finally went home to be with his parents in Little Rock, Arkansas, in early 1994, where he passed away. Years later, Letterman expressed regret over the incident, and even [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments invited Bill's mother on the show to watch the clip being broadcast at last.]]



* ADateWithRosiePalms: Hicks wasn't shy about discussing, his compensating for being single, and on the ''Dangerous'' CD, worked this into a way to make, hotel housekeeping regret barging into his room while he's... Occupied.

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* ADateWithRosiePalms: Hicks wasn't shy about discussing, discussing his compensating for being single, and on the ''Dangerous'' CD, worked this into a way to make, make hotel housekeeping regret barging into his room while he's... Occupied.he was... occupied.



* DeepSouth: One of his favorite targets, due to rampant ignorance, and religious belief clashing with his principles.

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* DeepSouth: One of his favorite targets, due to rampant ignorance, ignorance and religious belief clashing with his principles.



* DrivenToSuicide: {{Invoked|Trope}} in the bit about Jay Leno realizing, how far his career has fallen, while interviewing Joey Lawrence, and shooting himself on-stage.

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* DrivenToSuicide: {{Invoked|Trope}} in the bit about Jay Leno realizing, realizing how far his career has fallen, fallen while interviewing Joey Lawrence, Lawrence and shooting himself on-stage.



** Hicks routinely did material, on the benefits of using marijuana and hallucinogens, going so far as a "families should trip together" bit, and likening the effects of mushrooms to a religious experience.

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** Hicks routinely did material, material on the benefits of using marijuana and hallucinogens, going so far as a "families should trip together" bit, and likening the effects of mushrooms to a religious experience.



--->Why is the drug czar in this country -- well, let's go back; Why do we ''have'' a "drug czar" in this country? A. B, why is he a cop? Why do they put drug users in jail? They're sick, they're not criminals. Sick people don't get better in prison.

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--->Why is the drug czar in this country -- well, let's go back; Why do we ''have'' a "drug czar" in this country? A. B, why is he a cop? Why do they put drug users in jail? They're sick, sick; they're not criminals. Sick people don't get better in prison.



* FanDisillusionment: A theory Hicks "claimed," explained Music/JudasPriest's apparent desire to kill off their fans.
* FanDisservice: There's a segment on the ''Revelations'' show in which Hicks indulges in his 'Goatboy' persona for about ten minutes... During which, the audience is very, ''very'' noticeably squicked out.
* FridgeLogic: {{Invoked|Trope}} as part of his comedy. When recalling the story about Music/JudasPriest, apparently putting subliminal messages in their music, telling people to kill themselves, he then asked: "'''''[[NoIndoorVoice WHAT]]''''' [[ArmorPiercingQuestion performer wants his fuckin' audience dead?!]] I don't see the long-term ''gain'' here!" Funnily enough, Judas Priest themselves raised the same question, and ironically, [[MisBlamed didn't even write the song in question]] (it was a cover of "Better By You, Better Than Me," by Spooky Tooth).
* GilliganCut: Used at the end of some of his bits, that are particularly critical of rednecks and Christians.

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* FanDisillusionment: A theory Hicks "claimed," "claimed" explained Music/JudasPriest's apparent desire to kill off their fans.
* FanDisservice: There's a segment on the ''Revelations'' show in which Hicks indulges in his 'Goatboy' persona for about ten minutes... During which, which the audience is very, ''very'' noticeably squicked out.
* FridgeLogic: {{Invoked|Trope}} as part of his comedy. When recalling the story about Music/JudasPriest, Music/JudasPriest apparently putting subliminal messages in their music, telling people to kill themselves, he then asked: "'''''[[NoIndoorVoice WHAT]]''''' [[ArmorPiercingQuestion performer wants his fuckin' audience dead?!]] I don't see the long-term ''gain'' here!" Funnily enough, Judas Priest themselves raised the same question, and ironically, [[MisBlamed didn't even write the song in question]] (it was a cover of "Better By by You, Better Than Me," by Spooky Tooth).
* GilliganCut: Used at the end of some of his bits, bits that are particularly critical of rednecks and Christians.



* GirlOnGirlIsHot: {{Invoked|Trope}} on [[AuthorAppeal more than one occasion,]] especially when he was talking about, how bad ''Film/BasicInstinct'' was, and how shocked he was, that the test audiences didn't like the lesbian scenes, that were eventually cut from the film.

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* GirlOnGirlIsHot: {{Invoked|Trope}} on [[AuthorAppeal more than one occasion,]] especially when he was talking about, about how bad ''Film/BasicInstinct'' was, was and how shocked he was, was that the test audiences didn't like the lesbian scenes, scenes that were eventually cut from the film.



* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Hicks had a very dim view of nonsmokers, and their behavior(s) around smokers, although he also poked fun at his own smoking.
* HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs: One of his central themes, was the use of hallucinogens to open the third eye, and expand consciousness.

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* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Hicks had a very dim view of nonsmokers, nonsmokers and their behavior(s) around smokers, although he also poked fun at his own smoking.
* HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs: One of his central themes, themes was the use of hallucinogens to open the third eye, eye and expand consciousness.



* IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney: He claimed this was the only possible excuse you can have, to do commercials (apart from Music/WillieNelson, who got a pass for his $24 million tax bill).

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* IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney: He claimed this was the only possible excuse you can have, have to do commercials (apart from Music/WillieNelson, who got a pass for his $24 million tax bill).



** In one routine, Bill openly brags about all the great technology, designed to save people with [[TemptingFate cancer,]] whilst declaring that people dying from nothing were screwed.

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** In one routine, Bill openly brags about all the great technology, technology designed to save people with [[TemptingFate cancer,]] whilst declaring that people dying from nothing were screwed.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Hard as it is to believe, Hicks really did hold out hope for humanity, and felt it could accomplish great things, if people stopped living in fear of their own full potential.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Hard as it is to believe, Hicks really did hold out hope for humanity, and felt it could accomplish great things, things if people stopped living in fear of their own full potential.



* ManChild: Calls himself out in one routine, where he notes, that the only thing he seems to rent from video stores, are video games and hardcore lesbian pornography.

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* ManChild: Calls himself out in one routine, where he notes, notes that the only thing things he seems to rent from video stores, stores are video games and hardcore lesbian pornography.



* MoodWhiplash: Hicks liked to immediately follow up his vitriolic rants, about musicians doing advertising and / or speaking out against drugs (which inevitably involved calling them: "suckers of Satan's cock," along with a roar / inhale sound effect, that's hard to describe), with the dark but lighthearted "Beelzebozo, the Clown from Hell" bit, a parody of clowns working at birthday parties.

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* MoodWhiplash: Hicks liked to immediately follow up his vitriolic rants, rants about musicians doing advertising and / or speaking out against drugs (which inevitably involved calling them: them "suckers of Satan's cock," along with a roar / inhale sound effect, effect that's hard to describe), describe) with the dark but lighthearted "Beelzebozo, the Clown from Hell" bit, a parody of clowns working at birthday parties.



* NoSell: Many of his contemporaries were in awe of his ability, to completely ignore and outright revel, in some of his early crowds' indifference, to his style of comedy (before he gained his loyal following). Joe Rogan is fond of telling a story, about a time at The Comedy Store, where the crowd was not at all into him, and he blithely went into a five minute long gag of The Devil shitting out Geraldo Rivera, that was mostly grunts and strains. Half of the crowd walked out, meanwhile his fellow comedians in the back were ''dying.''

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* NoSell: Many of his contemporaries were in awe of his ability, ability to completely ignore and outright revel, revel in some of his early crowds' indifference, indifference to his style of comedy (before he gained his loyal following). Joe Rogan is fond of telling a story, story about a time at The Comedy Store, Store where the crowd was not at all into him, him and he blithely went into a five minute long gag of The Devil shitting out Geraldo Rivera, Rivera that was mostly grunts and strains. Half of the crowd walked out, meanwhile out; meanwhile, his fellow comedians in the back were ''dying.''



** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d: "Okay Bill, stop with the Goatboy thing, we get it alright. It's kinda amusing but... Okay."
** "The man that brings [[Music/ElvisPresley me]] my scarves and my water, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RLucBPZsbw Mr. Charlie Hodge.]]" This gets repeated in some form or fashion, at least a dozen times in the "Elvis" bit.

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** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d: "Okay Bill, stop with the Goatboy thing, thing; we get it alright. it, alright? It's kinda amusing but... Okay."
** "The man that brings [[Music/ElvisPresley me]] my scarves and my water, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RLucBPZsbw Mr. Charlie Hodge.]]" This gets repeated in some form or fashion, fashion at least a dozen times in the "Elvis" bit.



* PublicServiceAnnouncement: Hicks wasn't impressed by the government's anti-drugs message... And that they didn't mention, that drugs hadn't managed to kill Music/KeithRichards.

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* PublicServiceAnnouncement: Hicks wasn't impressed by the government's anti-drugs message... And and that they didn't mention, mention that drugs hadn't managed to kill Music/KeithRichards.



-->If you work in advertising or marketing... Kill yourself. *''crowd laughs''* No, seriously. This is not a joke. You're thinking, there's gonna be a joke coming -- there's no fucking joke coming. You are Satan's spawn, filling the world with bile and garbage. Kill yourself.

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-->If you work in advertising or marketing... Kill yourself. *''crowd laughs''* No, seriously. This is not a joke. You're thinking, thinking there's gonna be a joke coming -- there's no fucking joke coming. You are Satan's spawn, filling the world with bile and garbage. Kill yourself.



** Many of his rants and monologues, about people he found morally detestable, involved calling them: "suckers of Satan's cock," often with accompanying sound effects.
** He often bursts out in manic laughter, after saying something hideously dark. On Waco:
--->Anyway, the major news said that the Branch Davidians started the fire. Now I'm not mistaken, correct me if I go off the story here, and that all they did was shoot in Tear gas -- yet I've seen with my own eyes [...] footage of a Bradley tank shooting fire into the compound which... Isn't that odd that no major news source has picked up on that? How do you think that's newsworthy? Because that basically means that the government; from the FBI, the ATF, up to Janet Reno, and including Clinton are... Ummm... LIARS AND MURDERERS! HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Bill was good at imitating gunshots, and similar sound effects, sometimes bordering on VoiceChangeling.

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** Many of his rants and monologues, monologues about people he found morally detestable, detestable involved calling them: "suckers of Satan's cock," often with accompanying sound effects.
** He often bursts out in manic laughter, laughter after saying something hideously dark. On Waco:
--->Anyway, the major news said that the Branch Davidians started the fire. Now I'm not mistaken, correct me if I go off the story here, and that all they did was shoot in Tear tear gas -- yet I've seen with my own eyes [...] footage of a Bradley tank shooting fire into the compound which... Isn't that odd that no major news source has picked up on that? How do you think that's newsworthy? Because that basically means that the government; government, from the FBI, the ATF, up to Janet Reno, and including Clinton are... Ummm... LIARS AND MURDERERS! HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Bill was good at imitating gunshots, gunshots and similar sound effects, sometimes bordering on VoiceChangeling.



* SexierAlterEgo: Randy Pan the Goatboy ([[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Bill's sex crazed alter ego who happens to be half goat]]) who can seduce anyone with a pulse, and goes for AnythingThatMoves.

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* SexierAlterEgo: Randy Pan the Goatboy ([[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Bill's sex crazed alter ego who happens to be half goat]]) goat]]), who can seduce anyone with a pulse, pulse and goes for AnythingThatMoves.



* SuicideDare: Played for dark humour when he encourages, any [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDW_Hj2K0wo marketing professionals]] in the audience, to kill themselves.
* TakeThat: Bill wouldn't exist without it. He called his routine "comedy of hate," and one track on ''Rant in E-Minor,'' is called "'You're Wrong' Night" for a reason.

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* SuicideDare: Played for dark humour when he encourages, encourages any [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDW_Hj2K0wo marketing professionals]] in the audience, audience to kill themselves.
* TakeThat: Bill wouldn't exist without it. He called his routine "comedy of hate," and one track on ''Rant in E-Minor,'' E-Minor'' is called "'You're Wrong' Night" for a reason.



-->*''to someone near the stage''* How many packs a day do you smoke? *''barely audible answer''* A pack and a half?! You little puss! Why don't you put on a dress, and swish around for us? *''sing-song''* Pack and a haaaaalf, I smoke a pack and a haaaaalf... Makes me ill. I go through two ''lighters'' a day.

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-->*''to someone near the stage''* How many packs a day do you smoke? *''barely audible answer''* A pack and a half?! You little puss! Why don't you put on a dress, dress and swish around for us? *''sing-song''* Pack and a haaaaalf, I smoke a pack and a haaaaalf... Makes me ill. I go through two ''lighters'' a day.



* TemptingFate: Again, his little routine declaring, people dying from nothing were screwed, whereas people like him who smoked, had "[[ExactWords all sortsa neat gadgets lined up]]."
* ThereIsAGod: In his album ''Arizona Bay,'' Bill responds to California sliding into the Pacific Ocean, this way.

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* TemptingFate: Again, his little routine declaring, declaring people dying from nothing were screwed, whereas people like him who smoked, smoked had "[[ExactWords all sortsa neat gadgets lined up]]."
* ThereIsAGod: In his album ''Arizona Bay,'' Bill responds to California sliding into the Pacific Ocean, Ocean this way.
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: And, ''damn,'' was he bitter about that.

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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: And, ''damn,'' Boy, was he bitter about that.



* AntiLoveSong: "Chicks Dig Jerks," quoted in the previous item.
* AtomicFBomb / ClusterFBomb / PrecisionFStrike: Hicks' routines were ''salty,'' and covered all the F tropes with gusto, as the quotes on this page demonstrate.

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* AntiLoveSong: "Chicks Dig Jerks," Jerks", quoted in the previous item.
* AtomicFBomb / ClusterFBomb / PrecisionFStrike: Hicks' routines were ''salty,'' ''salty'', and covered all the F tropes with gusto, as the quotes on this page demonstrate.



* BerserkButton: Don't heckle Bill Hicks. Just... [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PdKpR9qNtg don't.]] '''{{NSFW}}.'''

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* BerserkButton: Don't heckle Bill Hicks. Just... [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PdKpR9qNtg don't.]] '''{{NSFW}}.''''''''{{NSFW}}.'''''



-->Is anyone like me in that they are compelled, drawn against their will, to watch the show ''Series/{{COPS}}'' every fucking night? ...I am ''OBSESSED'' with that show. I can't not watch it. I'm like a guy with a sore tooth, I can't stop touching it.

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-->Is anyone like me in that they are compelled, drawn against their will, to watch the show ''Series/{{COPS}}'' every fucking night? ...I am ''OBSESSED'' '''''OBSESSED''''' with that show. I can't not watch it. I'm like a guy with a sore tooth, I can't stop touching it.
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* IconicSongRequest: A heckler repeatedly shouting "[[Music/LynyrdSkynyrd Freebird]]," triggered one of his most infamous rants (see KillAllHumans below).

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* IconicSongRequest: A heckler repeatedly shouting "[[Music/LynyrdSkynyrd Freebird]]," Free Bird]]," triggered one of his most infamous notorious rants (see KillAllHumans below).



* KillAllHumans: Hicks ''exploded'' in the aforementioned "Freebird" heckler incident.

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* KillAllHumans: Hicks ''exploded'' in the aforementioned "Freebird" "Free Bird" heckler incident.
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* DracoInLeatherPants: {{Invoke|Trope}}. This was his view on how some people might treat Satan.

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* DracoInLeatherPants: {{Invoke|Trope}}.{{Invoked|Trope}}. This was his view on how some people might treat Satan.
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->''See, I think drugs have done some ''good'' things for us. I really do, and if you don't think drugs have done good things for us, do me a favor. Go home tonight, and take all your albums, and all your tapes, and all your [=CDs=], and ''burn'' 'em, 'cause you know what? The musicians who made all that great music, that's enhanced your lives throughout the years? R-r-r-r-r-r-r''real'' fuckin' high on drugs.''

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->''See, I think drugs have done some ''good'' things for us. I really do, and if you don't think drugs have done good things for us, do me a favor. Go home tonight, and take all your albums, and all your tapes, and all your [=CDs=], and ''burn'' 'em, 'cause you know what? The musicians who made all that great music, that's enhanced your lives throughout the years? R-r-r-r-r-r-r''real'' R-r-r-r-r-r-r-''real'' fuckin' high on drugs.''
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[-[[caption-width-right:200:"I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out."]]-]

->''See, I think drugs have done some ''good'' things for us. I really do, and if you don't think drugs have done good things for us, do me a favor. Go home tonight and take all your albums and all your tapes and all your [=CDs=] and ''burn'' 'em, 'cause you know what? The musicians who made all that great music that's enhanced your lives throughout the years? R-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-''real'' fuckin' high on drugs.''

'''William Melvin "Bill" Hicks''' (December 16, 1961 -- February 26, 1994) was an American [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy stand-up comedian]], born in Georgia and raised in Texas from the age of 7. He began his stand-up career in the late 1970s, having grown up a big fan of Creator/WoodyAllen and Creator/RichardPryor, and would often sneak out of the house to perform sets at local clubs. His rebellious, free-thinking attitude was obvious at a young age, to the point that his parents actually brought him to a psychoanalyst at age 17; the analyst actually sided with Bill.

His love of recreational drugs took a toll on his finances, but after years of working the nightclub circuit, he finally got his big break on Creator/RodneyDangerfield's ''Young Comedians Special.'' From there, he moved to New York City and began performing 300 times a year for the next several years. He developed a habit of chain smoking while on stage, which worked its way into his act almost immediately. In 1989, his first video, ''Sane Man,'' was released. In 1990, his first album, ''Dangerous,'' hit the shelves, and a television special, ''One Night Stand,'' came out that same year. Despite the exposure, Hicks never quite broke through like his contemporaries, such as Creator/SamKinison, but he did gain a big following in the UK, where he taped another special, ''Revelations.'' On this special, he debuted his now-iconic "It's Just A Ride" speech to close the show.

Bill was part of a particularly infamous moment in late night talk show history, with his aborted final appearance on ''Late Night With Creator/DavidLetterman'' in 1993. The material in his five minute set included some cynical material about the pro-life movement, which afterward led to the entire set being pulled from the air. To say Bill was displeased [[BerserkButton would be a massive understatement,]] and he made no secret of his bitter feelings afterward. This came shortly after Bill's diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. Despite this, he continued performing at his usual rate, until he finally went home to be with his parents in Little Rock, Arkansas, in early 1994, where he passed away. Years later, Letterman expressed regret over the incident, and even [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming invited Bill's mother on the show to watch the clip being broadcast at last]].

Hicks' caustic style of observational comedy focused mostly on his (very) low opinion of society and the media, with venomous attacks on politicians and shallow pop culture. He also covered his own personal habits and problems, most notably his addiction to cigarettes and psychedelic experiences.

He has a number of high-profile fans, including [[Creator/MontyPython John Cleese]], Bill Bailey, Richard Jeni, Creator/GeorgeCarlin, Creator/WarrenEllis, Creator/GarthEnnis, Music/HenryRollins, Music/{{Tool}}, and Music/{{Radiohead}}. Hicks also made a posthumous appearance in an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''.

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'''William Melvin "Bill" Hicks''' (December 16, 1961 -- February 26, 1994) was an American [[RecordedAndStandUpComedy stand-up comedian]], comedian,]] born in Georgia and raised in Texas from the age of 7. He began his stand-up career in the late 1970s, 1970's, having grown up a big fan of Creator/WoodyAllen and Creator/RichardPryor, and would often sneak out of the house house, to perform sets at local clubs. His rebellious, free-thinking free thinking attitude was obvious at a young age, to the point that his parents parents, actually brought him to a psychoanalyst at age 17; the analyst actually sided with Bill.

Bill.

His love of recreational drugs took a toll on his finances, but after years of working the nightclub circuit, he finally got his big break on Creator/RodneyDangerfield's ''Young Comedians Special.'' From there, he moved to New York City City, and began performing 300 times a year for the next several years. He developed a habit of chain smoking while on stage, which worked its way into his act almost immediately. In 1989, his first video, ''Sane Man,'' was released. In 1990, his first album, ''Dangerous,'' hit the shelves, and a television special, ''One Night Stand,'' came out that same year. Despite the exposure, Hicks never quite broke through like his contemporaries, such as Creator/SamKinison, but he did gain a big following in the UK, where he taped another special, ''Revelations.'' On this special, he debuted his now-iconic now iconic "It's Just A Ride" speech to close the show.

Bill was part of a particularly infamous moment in late night talk show history, with his aborted final appearance on ''Late Night With Creator/DavidLetterman'' in 1993. The material in his five minute set set, included some cynical material about the pro-life movement, which afterward led to the entire set set, being pulled from the air. To say Bill was displeased [[BerserkButton would be a massive understatement,]] and he made no secret of his bitter feelings afterward. This came shortly after Bill's diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. Despite this, he continued performing at his usual rate, until he finally went home to be with his parents in Little Rock, Arkansas, in early 1994, where he passed away. Years later, Letterman expressed regret over the incident, and even [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments invited Bill's mother on the show to watch the clip being broadcast at last]].

last.]]

Hicks' caustic style of observational comedy focused mostly mostly, on his (very) low opinion of society and the media, with venomous attacks on politicians and shallow pop culture. He also covered his own personal habits and problems, most notably his addiction to cigarettes and psychedelic experiences.

He has a number of high-profile high profile fans, including [[Creator/MontyPython John Cleese]], Cleese,]] Bill Bailey, Richard Jeni, Creator/GeorgeCarlin, Creator/WarrenEllis, Creator/GarthEnnis, Music/HenryRollins, Music/{{Tool}}, and Music/{{Radiohead}}. Hicks also made a posthumous appearance in an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''.
''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}.''






!!Hicks and his comedy provide examples of the following:

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: And, ''damn'', was he bitter about that.
--> Hitler had Eva Braun/Manson had Squeaky Fromme/Ted Bundy got lots of dates/I wonder what I'm doin' wrong
* AntiLoveSong: "Chicks Dig Jerks", quoted in the previous item.
* AtomicFBomb[=/=]ClusterFBomb[=/=]PrecisionFStrike: Hicks' routines were ''salty'', and covered all the F tropes with gusto, as the quotes on this page demonstrate.

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!!Hicks
!! Hicks
and his comedy provide examples of the following:

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: And, ''damn'', ''damn,'' was he bitter about that.
--> Hitler -->Hitler had Eva Braun/Manson Braun / Manson had Squeaky Fromme/Ted Fromme / Ted Bundy got lots of dates/I dates / I wonder what I'm doin' wrong
wrong.
* AntiLoveSong: "Chicks Dig Jerks", Jerks," quoted in the previous item.
* AtomicFBomb[=/=]ClusterFBomb[=/=]PrecisionFStrike: AtomicFBomb / ClusterFBomb / PrecisionFStrike: Hicks' routines were ''salty'', ''salty,'' and covered all the F tropes with gusto, as the quotes on this page demonstrate.



* BerserkButton: Don't heckle Bill Hicks. Just... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PdKpR9qNtg don't.]] '''{{NSFW}}'''.
* BileFascination: [[invoked]] From ''Rant in E-Minor''.
--> Is anyone like me in that they are compelled, drawn against their will, to watch the show ''{{Series/COPS}}'' every fucking night? ...I am ''OBSESSED'' with that show. I can't not watch it. I'm like a guy with a sore tooth, I can't stop touching it.

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* BerserkButton: Don't heckle Bill Hicks. Just... [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PdKpR9qNtg don't.]] '''{{NSFW}}'''.
'''{{NSFW}}.'''
* BileFascination: [[invoked]] {{Invoked|Trope}}. From ''Rant in E-Minor''.
--> Is
E-Minor:''
-->Is
anyone like me in that they are compelled, drawn against their will, to watch the show ''{{Series/COPS}}'' ''Series/{{COPS}}'' every fucking night? ...I am ''OBSESSED'' with that show. I can't not watch it. I'm like a guy with a sore tooth, I can't stop touching it.



* BrickJoke: ''Rant in E-Minor'' has a bit about Gideons[[note]]the people who distribute Bibles and New Testaments in places like hotels[[/note]] at one point, wondering where the hell they come from. Towards the end of the show:
--> Entire nations have flaked and crusted in the hair around my navel... maybe even Gidea!
* CarefulWithThatAxe: He does this occasionally for effect. For example, from the routine "Gays in the Military":
--> Anyone... '''DUMB ENOUGH'''... to want to be in the military... should be allowed! [...] AREN'T Y'ALL FUCKIN' HIRED KILLERS?! '''SHUT UP!'''

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* BrickJoke: ''Rant in E-Minor'' has a bit about Gideons[[note]]the Gideons [[note]] the people who distribute Bibles and New Testaments in places like hotels[[/note]] hotels [[/note]] at one point, wondering where the hell they come from. Towards the end of the show:
--> Entire -->Entire nations have flaked and crusted in the hair around my navel... maybe Maybe even Gidea!
* CarefulWithThatAxe: He does this occasionally for effect. For example, from the routine "Gays in the Military":
--> Anyone...
Military:"
-->Anyone...
'''DUMB ENOUGH'''... to To want to be in the military... should Should be allowed! [...] AREN'T Y'ALL FUCKIN' HIRED KILLERS?! '''SHUT UP!'''



* ConspiracyTheorist: Especially regarding [[WhoShotJFK the Kennedy assassination]]; Hicks strongly disbelieved the official version.

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* ConspiracyTheorist: Especially regarding [[WhoShotJFK the Kennedy assassination]]; assassination;]] Hicks strongly disbelieved the official version.



* ADateWithRosiePalms: Hicks wasn't shy about discussing his compensating for being single, and on the ''Dangerous'' CD, worked this into a way to make hotel housekeeping regret barging into his room while he's...occupied.

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* ADateWithRosiePalms: Hicks wasn't shy about discussing discussing, his compensating for being single, and on the ''Dangerous'' CD, worked this into a way to make make, hotel housekeeping regret barging into his room while he's...occupied.he's... Occupied.



* DeepSouth: One of his favorite targets, due to rampant ignorance and religious belief clashing with his principles.
* DracoInLeatherPants: [[invoked]] This was his view on how some people might treat Satan.
--> '''Female Impression''': What a great butt!\\

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* DeepSouth: One of his favorite targets, due to rampant ignorance ignorance, and religious belief clashing with his principles.
* DracoInLeatherPants: [[invoked]] {{Invoke|Trope}}. This was his view on how some people might treat Satan.
--> '''Female -->'''Female Impression''': What a great butt!\\



'''Female Impression''': [[ICanChangeMyBeloved I can change him]].
* DrivenToSuicide: {{Invoked|Trope}} in the bit about Jay Leno realizing how far his career has fallen while interviewing Joey Lawrence and shooting himself on-stage.
* DrugsAreGood:
** Hicks routinely did material on the benefits of using marijuana and hallucinogens, going so far as a "families should trip together" bit and likening the effects of mushrooms to a religious experience.
---> Shit, man, not only do I think pot should be legalized... I think it should be mandatory.
---> I took what Terence [=McKenna=] refers to as a ''heroic'' dose... [''audience laughs''] Five dried grams... [''audience ooohs''] Yeah, my third eye was squeegeed quite cleanly.

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'''Female Impression''': [[ICanChangeMyBeloved I can change him]].
him.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: {{Invoked|Trope}} in the bit about Jay Leno realizing realizing, how far his career has fallen fallen, while interviewing Joey Lawrence Lawrence, and shooting himself on-stage.
* DrugsAreGood:
DrugsAreGood:
** Hicks routinely did material material, on the benefits of using marijuana and hallucinogens, going so far as a "families should trip together" bit bit, and likening the effects of mushrooms to a religious experience.
---> Shit, --->Shit, man, not only do I think pot should be legalized... I think it should be mandatory.
---> I --->I took what Terence [=McKenna=] refers to as a ''heroic'' dose... [''audience laughs''] Five dried grams... [''audience ooohs''] Yeah, my third eye was squeegeed quite cleanly.



---> Why is the drug czar in this country--well, let's go back; Why do we ''have'' a "drug czar" in this country, A. B, why is he a cop? Why do they put drug users in jail? They're sick, they're not criminals. Sick people don't get better in prison.
* FamousLastWords: Invoked; Bill had a [[http://web.archive.org/web/20070521205803/http://www.billhicks.com/last-word.html verse]] he'd written released after his death, which ends with this:

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---> Why --->Why is the drug czar in this country--well, country -- well, let's go back; Why do we ''have'' a "drug czar" in this country, country? A. B, why is he a cop? Why do they put drug users in jail? They're sick, they're not criminals. Sick people don't get better in prison.
* FamousLastWords: Invoked; {{Invoked|Trope}}; Bill had a [[http://web.archive.org/web/20070521205803/http://www.billhicks.com/last-word.html verse]] he'd written released after his death, which ends with this:



* FanDisillusionment: A theory Hicks "claimed" explained Music/JudasPriest's apparent desire to kill off their fans.
* FanDisservice: There's a segment on the ''Revelations'' show in which Hicks indulges in his 'Goatboy' persona for about ten minutes... during which, the audience is very, ''very'' noticeably squicked out.
* FridgeLogic: Invoked as part of his comedy. When recalling the story about Music/JudasPriest apparently putting subliminal messages in their music telling people to kill themselves, he then asked, "'''''[[NoIndoorVoice WHAT]]''''' [[ArmorPiercingQuestion performer wants his fuckin' audience dead?!]] I don't see the long-term ''gain'' here!" Funnily enough, Judas Priest themselves raised the same question, and ironically [[MisBlamed didn't even write the song in question]] (it was a cover of "Better By You, Better Than Me", by Spooky Tooth).
* GilliganCut: Used at the end of some of his bits that are particularly critical of rednecks and Christians.
--> A few guys cornered me outside after my last show. They said "We're Christians, and we take offense at your show." I said, "Forgive me." Later, as I was hangin' from the tree...
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Invoked on [[AuthorAppeal more than one occasion]], especially when he was talking about how bad ''Film/BasicInstinct'' was and how shocked he was that the test audiences didn't like the lesbian scenes that were eventually cut from the film.
-->If I had been in that test audience, the only one protesting would've been Creator/MichaelDouglas demanding that his part be put back in!
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Hicks had a very dim view of nonsmokers and their behavior(s) around smokers, although he also poked fun at his own smoking.
* HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs: One of his central themes was the use of hallucinogens to open the third eye and expand consciousness.
* HistoryRepeats: A lot of Hicks's political material from 1988 through 1991 is still depressingly relevant today. Thanks to UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush's Presidency, many of the names have not actually changed, and thanks to the Iraq War, many of the same problems reappeared in the 2000s.
* IconicSongRequest: A heckler repeatedly shouting [[Music/LynyrdSkynyrd "Freebird"]] triggered one of his most infamous rants (see KillAllHumans below).
* IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney: He claimed this was the only possible excuse you can have to do commercials (apart from Music/WillieNelson, who got a pass for his $24 million tax bill).

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* FanDisillusionment: A theory Hicks "claimed" "claimed," explained Music/JudasPriest's apparent desire to kill off their fans.
* FanDisservice: There's a segment on the ''Revelations'' show in which Hicks indulges in his 'Goatboy' persona for about ten minutes... during During which, the audience is very, ''very'' noticeably squicked out.
* FridgeLogic: Invoked {{Invoked|Trope}} as part of his comedy. When recalling the story about Music/JudasPriest Music/JudasPriest, apparently putting subliminal messages in their music music, telling people to kill themselves, he then asked, asked: "'''''[[NoIndoorVoice WHAT]]''''' [[ArmorPiercingQuestion performer wants his fuckin' audience dead?!]] I don't see the long-term ''gain'' here!" Funnily enough, Judas Priest themselves raised the same question, and ironically ironically, [[MisBlamed didn't even write the song in question]] (it was a cover of "Better By You, Better Than Me", Me," by Spooky Tooth).
* GilliganCut: Used at the end of some of his bits bits, that are particularly critical of rednecks and Christians.
--> A -->A few guys cornered me outside after my last show. They said said: "We're Christians, and we take offense at your show." I said, "Forgive me." Later, as I was hangin' from the tree...
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Invoked {{Invoked|Trope}} on [[AuthorAppeal more than one occasion]], occasion,]] especially when he was talking about about, how bad ''Film/BasicInstinct'' was was, and how shocked he was was, that the test audiences didn't like the lesbian scenes scenes, that were eventually cut from the film.
-->If I had been in that test audience, the only one protesting would've been Creator/MichaelDouglas demanding that his part be put back in!
in!
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Hicks had a very dim view of nonsmokers nonsmokers, and their behavior(s) around smokers, although he also poked fun at his own smoking.
* HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs: One of his central themes themes, was the use of hallucinogens to open the third eye eye, and expand consciousness.
* HistoryRepeats: A lot of Hicks's political material material, from 1988 through 1991 1991, is still depressingly relevant today. Thanks to UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush's Presidency, many of the names have not actually changed, and thanks to the Iraq War, many of the same problems reappeared re-appeared in the 2000s.
2000's.
* IconicSongRequest: A heckler repeatedly shouting [[Music/LynyrdSkynyrd "Freebird"]] "[[Music/LynyrdSkynyrd Freebird]]," triggered one of his most infamous rants (see KillAllHumans below).
* IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney: He claimed this was the only possible excuse you can have have, to do commercials (apart from Music/WillieNelson, who got a pass for his $24 million tax bill).



** In one routine, Bill openly brags about all the great technology designed to save people with [[TemptingFate cancer]], whilst declaring that people dying from nothing were screwed.
** He also cited the irony of pro-lifers killing doctors who performed abortions.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Hard as it is to believe, Hicks really did hold out hope for humanity and felt it could accomplish great things if people stopped living in fear of their own full potential.

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** In one routine, Bill openly brags about all the great technology technology, designed to save people with [[TemptingFate cancer]], cancer,]] whilst declaring that people dying from nothing were screwed.
screwed.
** He also cited the irony of pro-lifers killing doctors doctors, who performed abortions.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Hard as it is to believe, Hicks really did hold out hope for humanity humanity, and felt it could accomplish great things things, if people stopped living in fear of their own full potential.



* ManChild: Calls himself out in one routine where he notes that the only thing he seems to rent from video stores is video games and hardcore lesbian pornography.
-->What am I, thirteen emotionally? I mean, I'm looking at this receipt I got from them, and it's like, ''Clam Lappers'' and ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog''. That was one weekend. That was ''Easter'' weekend. Something's going on with me, man. That's a pretty scary way to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, with ''Clam Lappers'' and Sonic-fucking-Hedgehog.
* MisanthropeSupreme: "I'm tired of this back-slapping, aren't-humanity-neat bullshit. We're a virus with shoes, okay? That's all we are."
* MoodWhiplash: Hicks liked to immediately follow up his vitriolic rants about musicians doing advertising and/or speaking out against drugs (which inevitably involved calling them "suckers of Satan's cock", along with a roar/inhale sound effect that's hard to describe) with the dark-but-lighthearted "Beelzebozo, the Clown from Hell" bit, a parody of clowns working at birthday parties.

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* ManChild: Calls himself out in one routine routine, where he notes notes, that the only thing he seems to rent from video stores is stores, are video games and hardcore lesbian pornography.
-->What am I, thirteen emotionally? I mean, I'm looking at this receipt I got from them, and it's like, ''Clam Lappers'' and ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog''. ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog.'' That was one weekend. That was ''Easter'' weekend. Something's going on with me, man. That's a pretty scary way to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, with ''Clam Lappers'' and Sonic-fucking-Hedgehog.
* MisanthropeSupreme: "I'm tired of this back-slapping, aren't-humanity-neat back slapping, aren't humanity neat bullshit. We're a virus with shoes, okay? That's all we are."
* MoodWhiplash: Hicks liked to immediately follow up his vitriolic rants rants, about musicians doing advertising and/or and / or speaking out against drugs (which inevitably involved calling them them: "suckers of Satan's cock", cock," along with a roar/inhale roar / inhale sound effect effect, that's hard to describe) describe), with the dark-but-lighthearted dark but lighthearted "Beelzebozo, the Clown from Hell" bit, a parody of clowns working at birthday parties.



* MyDadCanBeatUpYourDad: Brought up when Hicks was talking about his parents.
-->I never got along with my dad. Kids used to come up to me and say, "My dad can beat up your dad." I'd say "Yeah? When?
* NoSell: Many of his contemporaries were in awe of his ability to completely ignore and outright revel in some of his early crowds' indifference to his style of comedy (before he gained his loyal following). Joe Rogan is fond of telling a story about a time at The Comedy Store where the crowd was not at all into him, and he blithely went into a five-minute long gag of The Devil shitting out Geraldo Rivera that was mostly grunts and strains. Half the crowd walked out, meanwhile his fellow comedians in the back were ''dying.''

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* MyDadCanBeatUpYourDad: Brought up when Hicks was talking about his parents.
parents:
-->I never got along with my dad. Kids used to come up to me and say, say: "My dad can beat up your dad." I'd say "Yeah? When?
When?"
* NoSell: Many of his contemporaries were in awe of his ability ability, to completely ignore and outright revel revel, in some of his early crowds' indifference indifference, to his style of comedy (before he gained his loyal following). Joe Rogan is fond of telling a story story, about a time at The Comedy Store Store, where the crowd was not at all into him, and he blithely went into a five-minute five minute long gag of The Devil shitting out Geraldo Rivera Rivera, that was mostly grunts and strains. Half of the crowd walked out, meanwhile his fellow comedians in the back were ''dying.''



** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d: "Okay Bill, stop with the Goatboy thing, we get it alright. It's kinda amusing but... okay."
** "The man that brings [[Music/ElvisPresley me]] my scarves and my water, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RLucBPZsbw Mr. Charlie Hodge.]]" This gets repeated in some form or fashion at least a dozen times in the "Elvis" bit.
* PornStash: Hicks joked about having one that was sizable, including his mother finding it after he dies, dying herself from horror, and chasing Bill through heaven hitting him with a switch.
* PublicServiceAnnouncement: Hicks wasn't impressed by the government's anti-drugs message...and that they didn't mention that drugs hadn't managed to kill Music/KeithRichards.

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** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d: "Okay Bill, stop with the Goatboy thing, we get it alright. It's kinda amusing but... okay.Okay."
** "The man that brings [[Music/ElvisPresley me]] my scarves and my water, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RLucBPZsbw Mr. Charlie Hodge.]]" This gets repeated in some form or fashion fashion, at least a dozen times in the "Elvis" bit.
* PornStash: Hicks joked about having one that was sizable, including his mother finding it after he dies, dying herself from horror, and chasing Bill through heaven heaven, hitting him with a switch.
* PublicServiceAnnouncement: Hicks wasn't impressed by the government's anti-drugs message...and And that they didn't mention mention, that drugs hadn't managed to kill Music/KeithRichards.



--> If you work in advertising or marketing... kill yourself. *''crowd laughs''* No, seriously. This is not a joke. You're thinking, there's gonna be a joke coming -- there's no fucking joke coming. You are Satan's spawn, filling the world with bile and garbage. Kill yourself.
** To be fair he does follow up an extended series of lines like that with the killer joke (that he's been setting up from the start): "I know what all the marketing people here are thinking, (marketer impression) you know what Bill's doing? He's going after the anti-marketing dollar, that's a good market. He's very smart. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDW_Hj2K0wo He's very smart.]]" Hicks was a genius at setting up punchlines with long, seemingly meandering set ups.

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--> If -->If you work in advertising or marketing... kill Kill yourself. *''crowd laughs''* No, seriously. This is not a joke. You're thinking, there's gonna be a joke coming -- there's no fucking joke coming. You are Satan's spawn, filling the world with bile and garbage. Kill yourself.
** To be fair he does follow up an extended series of lines like that that, with the killer joke (that he's been setting up from the start): "I know what all the marketing people here are thinking, (marketer impression) you know what Bill's doing? He's going after the anti-marketing dollar, that's a good market. He's very smart. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDW_Hj2K0wo He's very smart.]]" Hicks was a genius at setting up punchlines with long, seemingly meandering set ups.



** Many of his rants and monologues about people he found morally detestable involved calling them "suckers of Satan's cock", often with accompanying sound effects.
** He often bursts out in manic laughter after saying something hideously dark. On Waco:
---> Anyway, the major news said that the Branch Davidians started the fire. Now I'm not mistaken, correct me if I go off the story here, and that all they did was shoot in Tear gas - yet I've seen with my own eyes (...) footage of a Bradley tank shooting fire into the compound which...isn't that odd that no major news source has picked up on that? How do you think that's newsworthy? Because that basically means that the government; from the FBI, the ATF, up to Janet Reno and including Clinton are...ummm...LIARS AND MURDERERS! HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Bill was good at imitating gunshots and similar sound effects, sometimes bordering on VoiceChangeling.

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** Many of his rants and monologues monologues, about people he found morally detestable detestable, involved calling them them: "suckers of Satan's cock", cock," often with accompanying sound effects.
** He often bursts out in manic laughter laughter, after saying something hideously dark. On Waco:
---> Anyway, --->Anyway, the major news said that the Branch Davidians started the fire. Now I'm not mistaken, correct me if I go off the story here, and that all they did was shoot in Tear gas - -- yet I've seen with my own eyes (...) [...] footage of a Bradley tank shooting fire into the compound which...isn't which... Isn't that odd that no major news source has picked up on that? How do you think that's newsworthy? Because that basically means that the government; from the FBI, the ATF, up to Janet Reno Reno, and including Clinton are...ummm...are... Ummm... LIARS AND MURDERERS! HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Bill was good at imitating gunshots gunshots, and similar sound effects, sometimes bordering on VoiceChangeling.



--> Here is the commercial they ''want'' to do... Here's the woman's face. Beautiful. Camera pulls back, naked breasts. Camera pulls back, she's totally naked, legs apart, two fingers right here...and it just says, "Drink Coke". Now I don't understand the connection, but Coke is on my shopping list this week! ''(later, he bends over at the camera)'' Sniiiiiiiiiiiiiickers!
* SexierAlterEgo: Randy Pan the Goatboy ([[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Bill's sex-crazed alter ego who happens to be half goat]]) who can seduce anyone with a pulse, and goes for AnythingThatMoves.

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--> Here -->Here is the commercial they ''want'' to do... Here's the woman's face. Beautiful. Camera pulls back, naked breasts. Camera pulls back, she's totally naked, legs apart, two fingers right here...and And it just says, says: "Drink Coke". Coke." Now I don't understand the connection, but Coke is on my shopping list this week! ''(later, he bends over at the camera)'' Sniiiiiiiiiiiiiickers!
* SexierAlterEgo: Randy Pan the Goatboy ([[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Bill's sex-crazed sex crazed alter ego who happens to be half goat]]) who can seduce anyone with a pulse, and goes for AnythingThatMoves.



-->The worst kind of non-smokers are the ones that come up to you and cough. That's pretty fucking cruel isn't it? Do you go up to cripples and dance too?
* SuicideDare: Played for dark humour when he encourages any [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDW_Hj2K0wo marketing professionals]] in the audience to kill themselves.
* TakeThat: Bill wouldn't exist without it. He called his routine "comedy of hate", and one track on ''Rant in E-Minor'' is called "'You're Wrong' Night" for a reason.

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-->The worst kind of non-smokers are the ones that come up to you and cough. That's pretty fucking cruel cruel, isn't it? Do you go up to cripples and dance too?
* SuicideDare: Played for dark humour when he encourages encourages, any [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDW_Hj2K0wo marketing professionals]] in the audience audience, to kill themselves.
* TakeThat: Bill wouldn't exist without it. He called his routine "comedy of hate", hate," and one track on ''Rant in E-Minor'' E-Minor,'' is called "'You're Wrong' Night" for a reason.



-->*''to someone near the stage''* How many packs a day do you smoke? *''barely audible answer''* A pack and a half?! You little puss! Why don't you put on a dress and swish around for us? *''sing-song''* Pack and a haaaaalf, I smoke a pack and a haaaaalf... Makes me ill. I go through two ''lighters'' a day.

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-->*''to someone near the stage''* How many packs a day do you smoke? *''barely audible answer''* A pack and a half?! You little puss! Why don't you put on a dress dress, and swish around for us? *''sing-song''* Pack and a haaaaalf, I smoke a pack and a haaaaalf... Makes me ill. I go through two ''lighters'' a day.



* TemptingFate: Again, his little routine declaring people dying from nothing were screwed, whereas people like him who smoked had "[[ExactWords all sortsa neat gadgets lined up]]".
* ThereIsAGod: In his album ''Arizona Bay'', Bill responds to California sliding into the Pacific Ocean this way.

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* TemptingFate: Again, his little routine declaring declaring, people dying from nothing were screwed, whereas people like him who smoked smoked, had "[[ExactWords all sortsa neat gadgets lined up]]".
up]]."
* ThereIsAGod: In his album ''Arizona Bay'', Bay,'' Bill responds to California sliding into the Pacific Ocean Ocean, this way.



-->Domino's Pizza trucks passing each other on the highway. Let ''them'' get stuck in traffic ''all'' our pizza will be free!

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-->Domino's Pizza trucks passing each other on the highway. Let ''them'' get stuck in traffic -- ''all'' our pizza will be free!






->''Here is my final thought. ([[SelfDeprecation Oh, thank God.]]) About drugs. About alcohol. About pornography, whatever that is. What business is it of yours what I do, read, buy, see, or take into my body as long as I do not harm another human being on this planet? And for those of you out there having a little MoralDilemma in your head about how to answer that question, I'll answer it for ya: '''None''' of your fucking business.''

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->''Here is my final thought. ([[SelfDeprecation Oh, thank God.]]) About drugs. About alcohol. About pornography, whatever that is. What business is it of yours what I do, read, buy, see, or take into my body body, as long as I do not harm another human being on this planet? And for those of you out there having a little MoralDilemma in your head head, about how to answer that question, I'll answer it for ya: '''None''' of your fucking business.''

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* SuicideDare: Played for dark humour when he encourages any [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDW_Hj2K0wo marketing professionals]] in the audience to kill themselves.
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