By Cynthia True
Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Andy Kaufman -- upload invoice Hicks to that checklist of fantastic, fearless comics. simply rising from underground cult prestige while he died at age thirty-two, invoice Hicks spent so much of his existence making audiences roar -- and censors balk -- with biting social satire approximately every thing from former president George Bush to rock stars who hawk nutrition Coke. His nervy expertise redefined the bounds of comedy within the '80s and received him a listing of admirers that comes with John Cleese, George Carlin, and Thom Yorke of Radiohead.
This posthumous biography unearths for the 1st time what made invoice Hicks tick -- what made him snicker, what pissed him off, and what he observed as his final challenge: to free up humans from their criminal of lack of knowledge. From his first comedy gig at Bible camp to his notorious cancellation on The overdue exhibit with David Letterman, Cynthia actual portrays an artist whose outrage, force, and compassion fueled a arguable physique of labor that also resonates today.
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How? " he added, imitating his mother. "There is no reason to jump down across the country to go to the YWCA. It's out ah da question. My stars! " Bill's immediate success in Los Angeles was doing little for his social situation, and no doubt contributed to his desperation for his best friend to move in with him. "My God, I'm depressed right now," he wrote to Dwight. " And, Bill admitted, "I've got it good by Comedy Store standards. I mean, my situation is excellent. It's just awful. I have no friends out here.
Laurie was with Bill most nights at the Annex. Bill loved to be with her, but he didn't really like her watching him every night. It's my work, he said, and I don't want to worry that you've heard it all before. Laurie reassured him that it was funny no matter how many times she heard it. All of them -- fifteen or so including Huggins, Pineapple, Wright, Farneti, Barber, Shock, and an aspiring comedian named Mark Wilkes -- hung out between sets in the greenroom, a small, dark space with fake-wood paneling and a beer-stained floor, talking and drinking, all of them wired from stage time.
As soon as Bill settled into the Austin house, he found a new cause. He, Kevin, and David began setting up a production company called Absolute Creative Entertainment. Nobody was using the word indie yet, but running an operation where the three would have total control over producing original uncompromising music and comedy had been their dream since high school. It was kind of an offshoot of their teenage ambition to be a band, and just as they had taken promo pictures before they could play instruments, now they ran around buying office supplies and having stationery and business cards printed.