(December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994)
There have been many comedians who have trail-blazed in the tradition of socially-conscious, political comedy -- Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and Richard Pryor just to name a few. There was but one Bill Hicks whose brand of no-holds-barred commentary challenged audiences to confront their own ignorances while educating them to bitter realities and truths that exposed the absurdities in contemporary life. Hicks was unusual in that he used his comedy like a sniper uses a rifle after a target, and his wit was deadly accurate. Politically astute and culturally aware, Bill Hick's dark comedic edge went after religious hypocrisy, consumerism, institutionalised mediocrity, political crimes and uncomfortable glimpses into satanised depravity as the character "Goatboy". His humour can be correctly categorised as government upsetting, and He was one of the very few comedians to ever explore conspiracies directly in his shows such as the JFK assassination and the Waco conflagration best demonstrated in this clip here:
On June 16th, 1993 Bill Hicks was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer after complaining of pains in his side on his Australian tour. He died shortly from it's fast advancement at 11:20 PM, February 26th, 1994. As you'll read at this site his was a life cut short by cancer and he is far from alone. When you apprise yourself of the deaths of Jack Ruby and Bob Marley, you'll see just how cancer can be induced and used as an effective covert assassination tool.
Here's a superlative quote of Bill Hicks that sums things up quite nicely from Revelations (1993):
"The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it's very brightly colored, and it's very loud, and it's fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, "Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?" And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, "Hey, don't worry; don't be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride." And we...kill those people. "Shut him up! I've got a lot invested in this ride, shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real." It's just a ride. But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok... But it doesn't matter, because it's just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace."