Bill Hicks

  • American comedian
  • Born December 16, 1961
  • Died February 26, 1994

William Melvin Hicks (December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist and musician. His material—encompassing a wide range of social issues including religion, politics, and philosophy—was controversial and often steeped in dark comedy. At the age of 16, while still in high school, Hicks began performing at the Comedy Workshop in Houston, Texas. During the 1980s, he toured the U.S. extensively and made a number of high-profile television appearances, but it was in the UK that he amassed a significant fan base, filling large venues during his 1991 tour.

And if I can take part in it by transforming my own consciousness, then someone else's, I'm happy to do it.

I'm totally confused about what I'm going to do with my life.

If you're so pro-life, do me a favour: don't lock arms and block medical clinics. If you're so pro-life, lock arms and block cemeteries.

I'm not really a heavy smoker any more. I only get through two lighters a day now.

I'm a heavy smoker. I go through two lighters a day.

I hate patriotism... I can't stand it. It's a round world last time I checked.

I don't like anything in the mainstream and they don't like me.

I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly. It allows me to be creative.

I don't do drugs anymore... than, say, the average touring funk band.

Children are smarter than any of us. Know how I know that? I don't know one child with a full time job and children.

People in the U.K. share my bemusement with the United States that America doesn't share with itself. They have a sense of irony, which America doesn't have, seeing as it's being run by fundamentalists who take things literally.

We all pay for life with death, so everything in between should be free.

I left in love, in laughter, and in truth, and wherever truth, love and laughter abide, I am there in spirit.

We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.

Listen, the next revolution is gonna be a revolution of ideas.

I'm sorry if any of you are Catholic. I'm not sorry if you're offended, I'm actually just sorry by the fact that you're Catholic.

There is no such thing as death; life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.

Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye.

I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out.

Your denial is beneath you, and thanks to the use of hallucinogenic drugs, I see through you.

The best kind of comedy to me is when you make people laugh at things they've never laughed at, and also take a light into the darkened corners of people's minds, exposing them to the light.

Music is a great energizer. It's a language everybody knows.

As long as one person lives in darkness then it seems to be a responsibility to tell other people.

I began working quite young, writing, growing, maturing, always striving to top myself - to make people laugh hard at things they know and believe deep in their hearts to be true.

Ultimately, it is in fun. It is supposed to be highly entertaining.

Women priests. Great, great. Now there's priests of both sexes I don't listen to.

When two or more people agree on an issue, I form on the other side.

If you don't think drugs have done good things for us, then take all of your records, tapes and CD's and burn them.

The American dream is a crock. Stop wanting everything. Everyone should wear jeans and have three T-shirts, eat rice and beans.

People in the United Kingdom and outside the United States share my bemusement with the United States that America doesn't share with itself.

It's always funny until someone gets hurt. Then it's just hilarious.

Life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves.