Bill Hicks

Bill Melvin "Bill" Hicks was born on December 16, 1961 and died on February 26, 1994. Was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist and musician. Hicks born in Valdosta, Georgia and grew up in Houston, Texas, he first began performing comedy to other children at Sunday School of Southern Baptist faith. At the age of 17 he started performing at the Comedy Workshop in Houston with his friends Slade, Ben Dunn, John S. and Kevin Booth.

After moving to LA in his senior year and performing there for a while Hicks felt that his act wasn't progressing. He wanted to push boundaries of creativity as his idols Jimi Hendrix and Richard Pryor had done, and started experimenting with drugs. Finally, he understood that the key was the ability to convey a truth.

The breakthrough point in his career was the appearance on Rodney Dangerfield's "Young Comedians Special" in 1987. In 1990 he released his first album "Dangerous" which was performed on HBO special "One Night Stand" and at Montreal's "Just for Laughs" festival. The following years was successful for Hick's career, but unfortunately he faced a lot of censorship issues. Worth mentioning is the event on "Late Night with David Letterman" when his entire performance was removed from the broadcast. Despite his controversial and criticised material Hicks was one of the best comedians of all times, as consequence, bands like the Radioheads and the Tools dedicated albums to his memory.

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