Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Bill Hicks

Letterman finally showed Bill Hicks' final performance on his show Friday. For those of you who don't know, in 1993, Bill's act was considered too controversial and yanked hours before it aired. This was all the more tragic as Bill died a few months later from pancreatic cancer.

Looking back, Dave didn't know why he censored it and neither do I. This isn't even new material. I've heard it all before on his albums. But at least it's a great view into the last televised performance of an amazing comedian.

Dave's heartfelt intro:

Interview with Mary Hicks:

The set:

You can find all three and another article about the incident here. Thanks to John Knefel for pointing this out.

Oh, and speaking of which, I've been watching PBS documentary "Make Em Laugh". On the 'groundbreaking comedians' episode they ignored Hicks and interviewed Carlos Mencia. They ought to be ashamed.

1 comment:

Mo Diggs said...

That is stupid that they covered Mencia instead of Hicks. Who will they say is one of the best black comics, Al Jolson?