Listen to this MP3 & you'll be struck by one big thought afterwards: why and how is it funny?
This doesn't mean you won't laugh heartily at its content: you certainly will, it's just that you won't understand why.
Its content is just about a weekend spent tripping on Mushrooms with his friends on a ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas. He tells us what the experience was like & why more people should take Mushrooms and yet still you can't quite put your finger on exactly what it funny.
And it is this very mysteriousness that explains why Bill Hicks was such a genius. You could count on the fingers of one hand Comedians who could pull off making material like this funny: it takes balls, a thick skin & years of experience to be so good at routines like this.
It is for this reason that Zeitgeist
chose to make this a prominent feature of their second film & why Rant in E-Minor
is considered his best album.
It also helps explain why Bill said (after his first experience on Mushrooms) that they made him a 'Comedy God' (from the book American Scream
So, is this worth getting as an MP3? Damn straight.
And, if you like it, by all means get the whole album. However you will not find a better, more capsule-like example of why Bill Hicks was a genius as these 5 minutes.
Should be made compulsory at GCSE and certainly a goal for new comedians to aim at when starting their careers...