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Bill Hicks
Bill Hicks
Born William Melvin Hicks
December 16, 1961(1961-12-16)
Valdosta, Georgia, US
Died February 26, 1994 (aged 32)
Little Rock, US

Bill Hicks was a popular stand-up comedian whose humor challenged mainstream beliefs, aiming to "enlighten people to think for themselves." Hicks used a ribald approach to express his material, describing himself as " Chomsky with dick jokes." His jokes included general discussions about society, religion, politics, philosophy and personal issues. He is often compared to Lenny Bruce (although he frequently denied knowing much about Bruce’s life or work) and Sam Kinison (a contemporary and friend). Like Lenny Bruce, Hicks challenged formal and informal forces of censorship, and suggested a disconnect between the values and operations of modern life, particularly in the United States, a country toward which his humor frequently adopted a tone ranging from cynicism to scathing critique.

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