Bill Hicks started doing standup comedy in Houston, Texas when he was 15 years old. He died of pancreatic cancer when he was 32. In those short 17 years he maintained a demanding standup comedy schedule which made comics and critics alike take note.
American: the Bill Hick’s Story is a documentary exploring the life of a comedian who was loved by other comics and yet relatively unknown by the American public. This DVD is filled with clips from Hicks’ comedy routines, and interviews with family, friends and other comedians. Bill Hicks’ comedy is thought-provoking, irreverent, satirical, and gutsy. However, a thread of hope and idealism weaves its way through Hicks’ comedy as well; and it is the dualistic nature of his optimism and cynicism that makes Bill Hicks so fascinating and amusing to watch. If you like George Carlin, Richard Prior, Lenny Bruce or Bill Maher, try Bill Hicks and see what you think.