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YMMV: Bill Hicks
  • Acceptable Targets: Politicians, creationists, manufactured pop music, advertising, "inbred hillbilly fucks" and non-smokers, to name but a few.
  • 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.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Most of his act, but none more so than when he brings out lolicon-loving, sex maniacal, Anti Christ wannabe 'Goatboy', or 'Beelzebozo, The Clown from Hell.'
    • The Rush Limbaugh routine doesn't so much cross the line twice, as perpetually accelerate back and forth over the line in a giant circle. Vulgar Humor doesn't even begin to cover the first line.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Denis Leary.
  • "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 
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • 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...)
    • Hicks' material about how Billy Ray Cyrus shouldn't be allowed to breed.
    • His bit on George Michael, back before he came out. One line in particular went, "If money had a dick, George Michael would be a flaming faggot." Well...
    • His Rick Astley jokes are very applicable to Justin Bieber nowadays.
  • Hype Backlash: There's a show booked for the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival titled "Bill Hicks Wasn't Very Good". It's Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • 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."
  • Misaimed Fandom: Hicks is quoted by just about every Straw Nihilist on the Web.
  • Squick: His Rush Limbaugh rant.

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