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Bill Hicks ‘Relentless’ To See Theatrical
Release, Entire Comedy Catalog Digitized

Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks. Photograph: Graham Haber

Bill Hicks, the acerbic stand-up comic whose pointed barbs toward all which he deemed hypocritical, will be introduced to a new generation next month thanks to Comedy Dynamics. Hicks, who continued to amass a cult-like following, even after his death at the age of 32, will finally make it to the 21st century. Comedy Dynamics, the comedy production off shoot of New Wave Entertainment, has struck a deal with the Hicks estate to digitize Hicks’ entire stand-up catalog and will usher Hicks’ comedy special Relentless to the big screen, according to Peter Gerstenzang at Esquire.

Marc Maron Opens Up About Friend and Comedian Bill Hicks

The late Hicks' comedy will get a new theatrical 
and digital release in April.

Is a new generation ready for Bill Hicks? The deceased, quietly controversial comic, who smiled sweetly while launching socially significant smart-bombs at his audience? 
Comedy Dynamics, owned by New Wave Entertainment
believes so, and on April 27, it will release Hicks' "Relentless" 
concert feature from 1992 in 500 theaters nationwide followed 
by the release of Hicks' entire comedy output in digital form. 

"We got lucky and were able to strike a deal with his estate," 
says Brian Volk-Weiss, president of Comedy Dynamics. 
"Never before, under one roof, has so much Hicks product been 
available. With the okay from Bill's family, his comedy specials 
will be streaming, his CDs will be available, and there [will be a] 
one-of-a-kind boxset of Bill's work. With luck, people will see 
a guy who wasn't just funny, but helped to change 
the course of comedy."

Bill Hicks: The most outspoken and necessary stand-up of modern times

As the 20th anniversary of the death of Bill Hicks is marked, Dominic Cavendish pays tribute to a comedian who made rare sense of the world we live in
Comedian Bill Hicks, who died in 1994

Twenty years after his death, isn’t it time we saluted Bill Hicks as the best of the goddam bunch? Shouldn’t we brace up and face facts? He came. He saw. He poured hilarious, bilious scorn. Pancreatic cancer claimed him at the age of 32. And we shan’t see his like again – not in the USA, not anywhere – in our lifetimes.

They’re holding a commemorative tribute for him on the anniversary itself – February 26: an official tribute show in Camden, with a visitation from his folks (mother, sister, brother) and contributions from comedians such as Robin Ince and Brendon Burns. There will be chat. There will be clips, courtesy of the guys who made the superb bio-documentary “American”. Great, so far as it goes, but it will only be a small token of esteem scaled against his immense talent. The most provocative, outspoken, necessary stand-up of modern times? I’d say so.

Bill Hicks: what is his legacy?

To mark the 20th anniversary of the comedian's death, we'd like to hear your thoughts on his life, his work and his influence -- Monday 17 February 2014 
Bill Hicks
Bill Hicks. Photograph: Graham Haber

Bill Hicks died of pancreatic cancer 20 years ago this month. In the years since his death his reputation has steadily grown, with many comedians citing him as a key influence and introducing his work to younger audiences.

To mark the anniversary of his death, we'd like to hear your thoughts about Bill Hicks and his legacy: is his comedy still relevant to audiences today? Do you see his influence in any modern standup? Or perhaps you think his work has aged badly?...[CLICK HERE TO VIEW ENTIRE POST]

Study Says Comedians Have Psychotic Personality Traits—Here's What Some Comedians Have To Say About That

| Fri Jan. 17, 2014 3:44 PM GMT

If you've ever seen footage of comedian Bill Hicks taking on a heckler, you might have thought to yourself, "Wow, that was pretty psychotic."

Well, according to a recent study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, you weren't that far off. For the study, which is titled, "Psychotic traits in comedians," researchers recruited 523 comedians (404 male and 119 female, most of whom were amateurs) from the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. The researchers determined that comedians scored significantly higher on four types of psychotic personality traits compared to a control group of individuals who had non-artistic jobs. The study focuses on two major categories of psychosis—bipolar disorder and schizophrenia—and examines impulsive non-conformity... [CLICK HERE TO VIEW ENTIRE ARTICLE]

Euan McColm: Better Together strategy may backfire

by Euan McColm   

THE stand-up comedian Bill Hicks had a famous routine in which he used a scene from the western Shane to rage against the madness of arming the nations of the world.

The late comic recalled Jack Palance’s murderous gunslinger Jack Wilson goading a shepherd into a fight. “Pick up the gun…” The shepherd cowers. “But I don’t want to pick up the gun, mister.”

“Pick it up…”

“I don’t want to. You’ll shoot me.”

Wilson is insistent, and when, eventually, the terrified man reaches for the weapon, he shoots him dead.

“You saw him,” Wilson tells horrified onlookers, “he had a gun.”

It’s a marvellous routine and no less powerful for the fact that the scene Hicks described doesn’t appear in the film.

Currently, in the fraught battle over the constitutional future of Scotland, there’s a shiny six-shooter lying at the feet of the No campaign. And First Minister Alex Salmond would very much like someone to pick it up.

The Humor in the JFK Conspiracy

New Yorker (blog)
Nov 22, 2013
Written by
Ian Crouch

.... But can the conspiracy theorist himself be funny? The comedian Bill Hicks, who died in 1994, could make you laugh about the assassination, even if you didn’t agree with his basic assertion that Oswald couldn’t have shot the President from his perch in the Texas School Book Depository building. In one standup bit, he talks about that spot, which later became a museum to the killing: “They have the window set up to look exactly like it did on that day. And it’s really accurate, you know, because Oswald’s not in it.” For Hicks, the assassination connects to his deeper suspicions about coercion and control by a powerful few over the confused masses—or, as he puts it about the official explanation: “We have figured it out. Go back to bed, America, your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed, America, your government is in control again.” Conspiracies are alluring, even to those disinclined to believe them, because they give voice to our suspicions and fears about government power and dark forces beyond our control. It can be cathartic to consider the worst possible scenarios that the uncertainty about Kennedy assassination suggests—and, faced with those, it makes as much sense as anything to laugh. ... (CLICK TITLE FOR FULL POST)

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