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That much over used word...Genius but in this case it,s true,
This review is from: Bill Hicks Live: Relentless [DVD]  (DVD)
In a perfect world there wouldn't be a need for someone like me to urge other people like me to buy "Relentless" But then if the world was perfect there wouldn't really be a need for Bill Hicks which in turn would make the world less than perfect. Mind you even in a world without stupidity, avarice and hypocrisy Hicks would still be funnier than any one else.
Virtually everything Hicks railed against before his tragically premature death from pancreatic cancer in 1994 still holds true today. Wars based on greed, ignorance and lies, religious bigotry and duplicity, Female hypocrisy -Hicks was real good on hypocrisy -censorship, freedom but mainly just the sheer bowel shrivelling idiocy of the human race.
"Relentless "was recorded at the Montreal Comedy Festival in1991. Anything by Hicks is worth your time and money but "Relentless is especially superb. It was coruscating and funny on CD but actually watching Hicks execute his incendiary material is a joy in itself. The guy didn't just have incredible material he could perform as well in his prowling soothsayer for liberty and truth type way.
The comedy in "Relentless" isn't as dark and cruel as some of the stuff he performed later when he realised he might be dying. ( Hicks cancer went into semi- remission at one point but returned more voracious ) and is all the more effective for it's slightly and I mean slightly lighter touch which is bit like saying one black hole is blacker than another but there you go.
Here are some highlights .Bill Hicks always managed to get the last word and I'm not standing in the great mans way : " I'm Bill Hicks and I'm dead now because I smoked cigarettes .Cigarettes didn't kill me-a bunch of non smokers kicked the crap out of me one night- I tried to run, they had more energy than I had. I tried to hide-They heard me wheezing. "
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