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Bill Hicks: Relentless (1992)

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Bill Hicks tells us how he feels about non-smokers, blow-jobs, religion, war and peace, drugs and music.

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Outspoken and raw, not mincing matters, Bill Hicks tells us that, just like smokers, non-smokers also die every day - with jogging instructor Jim Fixx as an example -, asks women what's so terrible about giving head, talks us through what really happened during the 1990-1991 Gulf War and how the used technology could have also been used to feed the poor of the world. He also explains why it's true drugs have done good things for us, wonders in what mood Jesus will come back to earth if he decides to come back and, near the end of the show, most passionately yells music should be played with one's heart. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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Stop smoking! You get your sense of smell back. I live in New York. Why do I want it back?


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A classic comedy performance
30 December 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

I try to avoid the Denis Leary/Bill Hicks "taking sides" stance, because no one knows for sure what was stolen, who might have stolen what, and so on and so forth. Evidence has been put forward for both parties - I try to focus on their individual acts and not let the controversy over who's the real "genius" ruin their performances. Everyone steals from everyone - in the end, it's who did it best that matters.

Hicks was very funny. Misunderstood in his lifetime - and understandably so - but his death has given him a more legendary status amongst comedy aficionandos. In this classic performance from '92, Hicks rants about everything - politics, smoking, abortion, music, life, death, sex - and hits some really funny stuff.

Unfortunately, in my own opinion his actual delivery is not as funny as some other comedians. Hicks went for the throat - and sometimes he went too far. He was a great comedian, but I think a few more years would have helped him perfect the actual delivery of his jokes, because as you can hear in this recording, he often pauses or messes up his jokes (presumably because he forgets the next line).

If you enjoy comedy, this is a must-have. It's one of Hicks' classic performances and a classic performance by any standard, really.


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