Bill Hicks passed away in 1994, at the age of 32, and his death was a sad loss. This show was filmed in Montreal in 1991, and it’s amazing watching it 17 years later, how relevant it still is.
The first thing to note is that as a comedian, Bill Hicks is very very funny. The second thing to note is that he was more than just a comedian. He was a social commentator, who was never afraid to stand up for what he believed in.
I have probably said this in one of my earlier reviews (specifically of Bill Hicks’ ‘One Night Stand’ show), but I still want to mention that Bill always gave me the impression that he was disappointed in humanity, and the lack of humanity that people sometimes show to their fellow men. Ignorance and stupidity angered him. Banality and mediocrity angered him. And he was a very intelligent man who was able to articulate exactly what was wrong with so many factions of society. Yes, there is crudity in his act, and it may not be for the easily offended. But I would recommend anybody to check out Bill Hicks. There’s more than just a load of belly laughs here – there is plenty to think about too.
Among his targets on this show are the advertising industry, the Iraq War (the first one), George Bush (the first one) and of course, the anti-smoking fraternity.
Year of release: 1992
Director: Chris Bould
Writer: Bill Hicks
Main cast: Bill Hicks
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