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William Melvin "Bill" Hicks (December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and musician. His material largely consisted of general discussions about society, religion, politics, philosophy, and personal issues. Hicks's material was often 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 was 16 years old when he started performing stand-up comedy at the Comedy Workshop in Houston, Texas, in 1978. During the 1980s he toured the United States extensively and performed a number of high profile television appearances. It was in the UK, however, where Hicks first amassed a significant fan base, packing large venues with his 1991 tour. Hicks died of pancreatic cancer in 1994 at the age of 32. In the years after his death, his work and legacy achieved acclaim in creative circles. In 2007 he was voted the fourth-greatest stand-up comic on the UK's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups on Channel 4, and appeared again in the updated 2010 list as the fourth-greatest comic.
|S01E01||Sane Man||01/12/1989||The amazing comedian Bill Hicks passed away in 1994, but his legend continues to grow. Sane Man was filmed before Bill recorded "Dangerous," his first comedy album, and is a turning point in Hicks' career. It was the first complete Hicks show ever filmed and Bill pulled out all the stops for the cameras. Completely focused, a newly-sober Hicks paces the stage like a wild animal riffing effortless.|
|S01E02||One Night Stand||27/04/1991||As originally seen on HBO, recorded live at the Vic Theatre, Chicago, in November 1990. Bill shares his feelings on the US government, the JFK assassination, British hardcore Pornography, and other highlights in this roller coaster of a ride through the mind of a man years before his time.|
|S01E03||Relentless||01/01/1992||Outspoken and raw, not mincing matters, Bill Hicks tells us that, just like smokers, non-smokers also die every day - with jogging instructor Jim Fixx as an example -, asks women what's so terrible about giving head, talks us through what really happened during the 1990-1991 Gulf War and how the used technology could have also been used to feed the poor of the world.|
|S01E04||Revelations||27/05/1993||Since his untimely death from pancreatic cancer in 1994, Bill Hicks has become a comedy legend. Now fans who may have never had the opportunity to see his act live on-stage will finally be able to experience Hicks' unique and confrontational brand of comedy.|
|S01E05||It's Just A Ride||19/06/1994||A documentary about Hicks' life which featured interviews with friends, admirers and family.|
|S01E06||American: The Bill Hicks Story||23/10/2009||American: The Bill Hicks Story is a 2009 biographical documentary film on the life of comedian Bill Hicks. The film was produced by Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas, and features archival footage and interviews with family and friends, including Kevin Booth. The filmmakers used a cut-and-paste animation technique to add movement to a large collection of still pictures used to document events in Hicks' life.|
|S00E01||Totally Bill Hicks||29/10/1994||The tragic death of the outspoken comedian Bill Hicks, at just 32, cut short the career of a man who had proved himself as having one of the most distinctive voices in comedy. Uncompromising and outrageous Hicks was a sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll comedian. Passionate about his work, his comedy was built on conviction, setting him apart from all other stand-up comedians. This DVD contains two programmes: Revelations: Hicks' last live performance, a sell out show at the Dominion Theatre It's Just A Ride: A celebration of Hicks' comedy including interviews with Eddie Izzard, Sean Hughes, Jay Leno, David Letterman, his fans as well as friends and family.|
|S00E02||Live In Texas (Unreleased & Rare)||22/01/1992|
|S00E03||Ninja Bachelor Party||00/00/0000|
|S00E04||The Infamous Loses It In Chicago Show||22/01/1989|
|S00E05||The United States Of Advertising||22/01/1993|
|S00E06||Benefit For Arthur (From Sane Man DVD Extras)||00/00/0000|
|S00E07||Censoring Of Bill Hicks||00/00/0000|
|S00E08||Chicago Funny Firm||00/00/0000|
|S00E09||Igby's (His Last Show Ever)||00/00/0000|
|S00E11||Late Chicago Show||22/01/1990|
|S00E12||Reflections||30/03/2015||Comedy Dynamics sits down with Bill Hicks’ brother, Steve, who tells old stories, squashes old rumors and reveals the brother and son behind the late comedian. Told amidst old and rare footage, it’s a must watch for any fan.|
|S00E13||Indianapolis Bootleg||09/08/1985||Bill Hicks early stand up from 1985 in Indianapolis. One of Bill’s most brillant early performances (At 23-24 years old)|