By Cynthia True
Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Andy Kaufman -- upload invoice Hicks to that checklist of marvelous, fearless comics. simply rising from underground cult prestige while he died at age thirty-two, invoice Hicks spent such a lot of his existence making audiences roar -- and censors balk -- with biting social satire approximately every little thing from former president George Bush to rock stars who hawk vitamin Coke. His nervy expertise redefined the bounds of comedy within the '80s and received him an inventory of admirers that comes with John Cleese, George Carlin, and Thom Yorke of Radiohead.
This posthumous biography finds for the 1st time what made invoice Hicks tick -- what made him snicker, what pissed him off, and what he observed as his final undertaking: to liberate humans from their criminal of lack of understanding. From his first comedy gig at Bible camp to his notorious cancellation on The past due express 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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He didn't mention his acid trip just yet. 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.
That was a high goal in the back of his mind. . He used to tell me he wanted to try every single thing before he died. ' " The Mangos took Bill to see the blues-folk singer Odetta, a favorite of Elvis, when she came to Houston. Frank Mango had known Odetta years before in San Francisco and after the show they went backstage to say hello. When Odetta heard Bill was a comedian she said that was about the hardest, loneliest thing a performer could do. "You're taking the long road," she told him.
They'd always had a passionate, highly charged relationship, but this time they were more deeply committed and they talked about getting married. "We were extremely close, we had a real affectionate bond at that time," Laurie said. "We took care of each other. Also, I love the dramatic, too. I vicariously got a lot out of his being on the stage and sought after in a cult-like way. I thought that was fascinating and wonderful to share. . It was like I had the serious conservative track of life and his was this wild, adventurous, extreme, exciting one.