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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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