Bill Hicks Documentary Screening in WeHo
Going to school in the early 21st for the entertainment arts, one cannot avoid the adulation poured on the too-short life and too-insightful work of the comic Bill Hicks. He is personally responsible for an entire genre of stand-up comedy, one that was shamelessly copied and watered down by Denis Leary, Dennis Miller and basically everyone else. But there was a very special difference between the snarky assholes of mainstream contraria and the passionate, cutting wit of probably the greatest and most influential comic since Lenny Bruce.
Playing Sunday at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in West Hollywood is a documentary titled American: The Bill Hicks Story that has been making it’s rounds on the circuit. The trailer looks great, the reviews are also pretty good. I would go just to hear some of these routines again, (I’ve worn out my mousepad scouring YouTube for traces of Hicks many many times) but watching him tear down our daily assumptions backed by a sappy documentary score and slow-push Ken Burns photos might make me topple over and die. I hope to see you there.
Sunday, April 17th at the Laemmle Sunset 5 for a special screening at 7 pm. Friend of Nerdist Colin Hanks will be hosting the screening and a Q&A afterwards with the filmmakers and Hicks’ friend, producer/director Kevin Booth.
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