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Bill Hicks WAY Ahead of His Time on ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’

Sadly, we missed the screening of  the Bill Hicks documentary “AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Story” when it premiered in LA last September. But we finally got a look at the film last night and found it a refreshing reintroduction to one of America’s greatest comics. We were especially amazing to see how much of Hicks’ material is beyond relevant today, more than a decade later. His bit on “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” above should be required viewing for…say, every politician in America. Especially John McCain.

More info on the film here.

Previously on FBLA: The Daily Show to John McCain: It Gets Worse

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Review: American: The Bill Hicks Story

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The Los Angeles debut of American: The Bill Hicks Story was at the LA Downtown Film Festival last night. The documentary is a love story between a comedian and his family. Hicks’ mother (who was at the screening) says in the film, “I had three children, a boy, a girl and…a baby.”

Hicks died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 32 in 1994. He clocked in nearly 20 years of stand up comedy in his short life, starting the craft at the age of 13. He was never as popular or appreciated in this country as he was in the UK. He’s been referred to as a dark poet – the outlaw comic. Stand ups of that era will tell you that the year Hicks died, prop comic Carrot Top won “Comedian of the Year.”

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Carlos Mencia Killed by Cracked

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There are comic’s comics, like Bill Hicks, Rick Overton and George Carlin. Then there are comics that other comics hate. Like Carrot Top and Carlos Mencia.

See here for the backstory on why comics don’t dig the Mencia.

Cracked Magazine ran a piece titled, “Carlos Mencia’s Twitter: 25 Posts Too Unfunny to be Stolen“. We thought it was pretty clever satire before we realized it’s actually from Mencia’s Twitter feed.

Eep.

Previously on FBLA: The Trouble with Twitter – In Cartoon Form

It’s the 15th Anniversary of Bill Hicks’ Death

David Saldana over at PopandPolitics writes:

Bill Hicks died of pancreatic cancer not long after that unfortunate episode, on February 26, 1994, exactly 15 years ago. He called himself “Chomsky with dick jokes,” and spoke of spirituality and embracing humanity like a New Age guru (an option kyboshed by his legendary love of cigarettes and booze). But he showed no patience for obnoxious, dim-bulb audiences. Fans love that about him.

It is a great testament to Bill Hicks that he is still respected by his fellow comics and revered by discerning comedy fans. His CDs and DVDs still fly off the shelves. Several biographies and compilations of his material have been published, he’s been the subject of academic research, tributes are held in his honor, and Hicks goods are a cottage industry.

Ahem. BillHicks.com for example.

What’s amazing is that his work is still funny and still relevant yet he hasn’t told a dick joke since the Lorena Bobbit case.

And we still miss him.

Go See Comedy Nation’s Final Bush Sendoff Tonight

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We are a recovering Rick Overton stalker…because he’s a genius and we love him. Who if he had died 15 years ago would be thought of as Bill Hicks – but since he’s still around – he’s doing a free show tonight in Hollywood with one of your humble editors here at FBLA.

It’s not a stand up show – it’s a comedy/news panel that will be filmed for broadcast on the Internet. This one will be particularly fun because we’re all retiring our favorite Bush jokes.

Wednesday Night, Comedy Nation This Week presents some of the most brilliant comics in LA giving George Bush the goodbye he deserves.

CNTW is a weekly webshow where the smartest, funniest comics go off on the news of the week.

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