[Marxism] Last laugh

Chris Brady cdbrady at sbcglobal.net
Fri Feb 13 23:20:40 MST 2004

Last laugh

He was sceptical, scatological, struggling for success on his own terms.
Then suddenly life changed for comedian Bill Hicks: his work was being
taken seriously - and, at 31, he was dying. Ten years on, John Lahr pays

John Lahr, The Guardian, Saturday, February 14, 2004


Composed in equal parts of scepticism, scatology and spirituality,
Hicks’s humour gave off a very special acrid perfume. “Pro-lifers
murdering people,” Hicks heehawed. “It’s irony on a base level, but I
like it. It’s a hoot. It’s a fuckin’ hoot. That’s what fundamentalism
breeds, though - no irony.”

To the spellbound and the spellbinders, he bequeathed a heritage of
roaring disgust. If he wanted to force the public to descry a corrupt
society, he also wanted it to descry the low standard of commercial US
comedy, which raised laughs but not thoughts and, in his eyes, hawked
“fucking beer commercials” while leaving the public “without any kind of
social fucking awareness”.
In the early 1990s, he was already talking about Iraq and the first
President Bush. “If Bush had died there,” he said, in a bit about why we
should kill Bush ourselves instead of launching 22 Cruise missiles at
Baghdad in response to his alleged attempted assassination, “there would
have been no loss of innocent life.”

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