These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Covered Up: A lingering criticism of Denis Leary is that he stole some of his early material (mainly smoking/cancer related material and "good musicians die while sucky musicians don't") from Hicks.
Completely Missing the Point: Pretty much every time that Garth Ennis quoted or referenced Bill Hicks in the pages of Preacher, as Ennis was fond of using Hicks' material to mock people Ennis didn't like, all the while ignoring the fact that Custer and Cassidy were the type of people Hicks routinely mocked in his stand-up.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Jokes in 1988 about coming back around 1994 with a smoking-related illness, a tracheotomy and a voicebox: "Y'all were right, smoking's bad!"For the curious Hicks died in February of 1994 of pancreatic cancer that, by the time it was discovered, had already metastasized to his liver. Smokers are more prone to various pancreatic cancers.
Hicks' rants about the first Persian Gulf War applied equally well to the second, right down to the name of the president. (Although the "tell me when, Lord" portion may be more a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment in the light of actual reports of W crediting his war motives to divine inspiration...)
Memetic Mutation: While never a mainstream success, his effect on the stand-up comedy world is HUGE. His style is probably one of the most commonly sited as being imitated. To the point nearly every comedy club in America has graffitti in the green room saying "Stop Trying to be Hicks."