Bill Hicks Live: Satirist, Social Critic, Stand-Up

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Bill Hicks
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Studio: Ryko discs
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Bill Hicks was a legendary comedian that talked about politics, drugs, smoking, religion and other topical subjects. Bill passed away in 1994 and died way before his time. I never really heard or see any of Bill Hicks’ performances before this DVD came out.

I guess if I had to compare Bill Hicks’ standup, he had a similar style to George Carlin. His stand up is influential and top acts like Denis Leary even seemed to “” material from him. I believe he denied it on Stern when Joe Rogan confronted him about it but whatever, it sounded like the same bits to me.

This is the first time any of Bill Hicks stand-up acts have been put on DVD, and this DVD also contains 3 of his most popular shows. The first show is his One Night Stand special and he speaks about such topics like Hijacking, Drugs, Porno and other stuff. I remember seeing some of that stand up from various comedy specials featuring some of the greatest comedians.

His second performance “Relentless” can now be seen it’s entirety because some of the footage was lost or damaged. There’s an introduction, saying that you can watch the full length stand up, but the quality won’t be the best in some spots. You can watch the edited version or the full length, which is a good idea I think. The third show “Revelations” was filmed in the UK, and this show he covers the most topics and seems to be in his prime as well. Talking about LA riots, the Gulf War, JFK and lots more!

There’s a 45 minute documentary called “Just a Ride” that’s really good. There are many candid interviews with his fellow comedians like from Brett Butler, Richard Beltzer, Eddie Izzard, Richard Jeni, Jay Leno and David Letterman. They reminisce about Hicks, and the topics he chose to talk about. If you want to get to know more of the comedian, then check out that documentary.

Bill Hicks passed away before his time, but at least you can still enjoy his material, which is still topical to this day.

n- Documentary “Just A Ride” surveying Bill’s remarkable career with insights from his peers; including Brett Butler, Eddie Izzard, Richard Jeni, Jay Leno, David Letterman and Thea Vidale. (45 minutes)

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo

Standard 1.33:1 Color


Favorite Scenes: I liked Revelations the best.
Rating: Not Rated
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