Saturday, November 10, 2007

Why I Think Bill Hicks Is A Cunt

That's right - not past tense, present. Is. He is a cunt. He made a mark and it's still here, so present tense it is. Bill Hicks is a cunt.

Some of the things he said were so utterly funny. I've been drinking up all this information about a few comedians and it wasn't until I started reading some of his material that I started laughing out loud. If you know me you'll know I don't laugh out loud much, but there I was alone in front of my computer screen falling about in my chair because this guy was fucking brilliant.

And dark. Man he could savage people. People in the audience who came to see him... he could turn on them and verbally fuck them over. It could be brutal. Same with idiots and wankers. He despised them and showed no mercy and sometimes it wasn't all that funny, yet strangely funny.

But that's not why I think Bill Hicks is a cunt. Wankers are despicable and idiots can be difficult to tolerate. Worse kind of person in the world is a malicious idiot who thinks highly of themselves. So I kind of enjoy watching Bill Hicks put the boot into marketing people, trailer trash and Billy Ray Cyrus. Especially marketing people.

Bill Hicks is a cunt because he bailed on us way to early. Dead at 33. It's like he knew it was going to happen. Got cracking on the comedy thing and was doing stand-up at the age of 14. Less than two decades later it would be all over.

Bill Hicks is a cunt because for all his dark humour and all his hilarious savaging of people, reading about his death moved me to tears. Fucker had a good heart. (Just had a shithouse pancreas). Superstar funnyman gets sick and what does he do? He moves back home with his mom and dad and he plays music on his guitar for them. And tired of the world and the way it was taking him away far too early, and not being a Christian with a glowing afterlife to look forward to, he opened Tolkein's Lord Of The Rings and re-read it. And for some reason that small and gentle act of escaping to that fantasy world really moved me.

I don't like it when people fuck with my emotions. And that's why you're a cunt, Bill Hicks. A funny, funny, magnificent cunt.

6 comments:

bohémienne said...

This was beautifully written and deeply felt.

Kathryn said...

Oh, Bill Hicks. So funny yet so sad. He's good stuff.

quick said...

Beautifully written and deeply felt Bohemienne? It was motherfucking poetry.

Yes. Erm... who was a little potty mouth then? That's what happens when you read up on Bill Hicks, Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor. Saturated my brain, I dun did. I have laughed (out loud and everything) more this weekend than I have almost any other weekend of my life. I love these guys. They had the coolest job in the world.

I think I was on a natural high by Sunday night. All this research and so much laughter. I was buzZING.

More experimentation with natural highs as a result of a third person-induced laughiographic episode will follow.

Oh and Kathryn - if you think Bill Hicks' thing was sad (which it was), check out the way Sam Kinison checked out. So sad.

Margarita Milonguita said...

Bill would have loved this post.

Amra Pajalic said...

So funny. I've been so drained that all I've been doing is sleepwalking through the days and haven't checking blogs. Just read this post and couldn't believe we discovered Hicks at the same time. I discovered him because I'm a huge fan of Denis Leary's Rescue Me (am stalking the video store for the next season) and read about the accusations that he stole from Bill Hicks. So had to find Hicks and a fan was born. He was so fucking amazing. And that scene where's sticking into that heckler so fucking awesome. Loved it.

Onion said...

Great piece..I have to admit I didnt know who Bill Hicks was until I read this, but I will definitely check out his work.

By the way, speaking of Billy Ray Cyrus...do you know another name for the Mullet haircut?

The Achy Brakey Big Mistakey...b'doom crash!