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Bill Hicks

William Melvin "Bill" Hicks (December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994) was an American stand-up comedian and satirist. His humor challenged mainstream beliefs, aiming to "enlighten people to think for themselves." Hicks used a ribald approach to express his material, describing himself as "Chomsky with dick jokes." His jokes included general discussions about society, religion, politics, philosophy and personal issues. Hicks' material was often deliberately controversial and steeped in dark comedy. In both his stand-up performances, and during interviews, he often criticized consumerism, superficiality, mediocrity and banality within the media and popular culture, describing them as oppressive tools of the ruling class, meant to "keep people stupid and apathetic." Hicks died of pancreatic cancer, which had spread to his liver, in 1994 at the age of 32. In the years after his death, his work and legacy achieved significant admiration and acclaim, of numerous comedians, writers, actors and musicians alike. He was listed as the 19th greatest stand-up comedian of all time by Comedy Central in 2004, and 6th greatest in 2007 and 4th greatest by Channel 4 in 2010.


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Born:
Dec 16, 1961 In Valdosta, Georgia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
16
First Appeared:
In the movie Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen 1988-06-12
Latest Project:
Movie Bill Hicks: Reflections 2015-03-30
Known For
Poster of Bill Hicks: Reflections
Poster of American: The Bill Hicks Story
Poster of Bill Hicks: One Night Stand
Poster of Bill Hicks: Sane Man

Bill Hicks Movies Filmography

Movie
Bill Hicks: Reflections
2015-03-30
Movie
American: The Bill Hicks Story
2010-04-10
Movie
Heckler
Himself 2007-01-01
Movie
Comedy Knockouts
2003-07-29
Movie
Outlaw Comic: The Censoring of Bill Hicks
Himself 2003-06-15
Movie
Bill Hicks: It's Just a Ride
Himself 1994-06-18
Movie
Totally Bill Hicks
Himself 1994-01-01
Movie
Bill Hicks: Revelations
Himself 1993-05-27
Movie
Bill Hicks: Relentless
Himself 1992-01-01
Movie
Bill Hicks: One Night Stand
Himself 1991-04-27
Movie
Bill Hicks: Sane Man
Himself 1989-12-01
Series
One Night Stand
Unknown 1989-02-15
Movie
Impact Video Magazine
1989-01-01
Movie
Bill Hicks: Bill Loses it in Chicago
Himself 1989-01-01
Movie
Rodney Dangerfield: Nothin' Goes Right
himself 1988-08-10
Movie
Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen
Himself 1988-06-12