Philosophy: The Best Of Bill Hicks
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ISBN/ASIN : B00005O7RR
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Release data : 01 October, 2001
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A start, but only scraping at the surface of Hicks.
I'm starting to get seriously into standup, and have lately gotten many albums and videos, etc, so i thought i'd better start getting into Bill Hicks, as it is often said he was the best stand up that ever lived. I cannot say this yet, but maybe in time i will understand better. This cd is a bit of a mixed bag. It's got some great stuff on it, but it chooses to put absolute opposites next to each other on the disc, so that theres no linkage. The editing is terrible. Sometimes when the music comes in, it cuts out at the start of the next track, sounding amatuerish.
However, the material is great. He may be angry, and a ranter, but Bill is obviously the most intelligent guy to ever tell a dick joke. He is really trying to touch the audience with somethign he believes in, and when he does, you can almost feel the impact coming out of your speakers. I will definitely be buying more of his material after this, as it seems to me that he is a comic that works with a whole show, not just a single joke that can be removed as a soundbite. The cd isn't laugh-out-loud funny, like other throw away comics, but Hicks is the kind of comedian tha you'll think about during the day and start laughing, the kind of comic that puts an idea in your head that makes you think without ever losing the humour.
One of the better anthologies i've heard, but not the best. (That prize goes to the Richard Pryor anthology)
A perfect introduction
Being a fan of George Carlin, a friend of mine pointed me in the direction of Bill Hicks. "Philosophy" was my first purchase and, on the first play alone, it left me in stitches! The hilarity of Bill's comedy has always depended on the listener - they'll either laugh themselves silly or take so much offence, the CD ends up being incinerated! "Philosophy", however, is a nicely balanced CD that fuses the best of his jokes (eg. "Confession Time", "Hooligans" and "Gideons") with the wittiest of his politically-minded rants (eg. "Step on the Gas", "The Elite" and "Odd Beliefs"). The CD serves up a healthy dose of controversy - nothing too shocking but totally non-conservative - so you at least get some of the good ranty stuff. So, if you like it, there's plenty more.
If you consider yourself a free-thinking, non-conservative individual in pursuit of a good laugh, then "Philosophy" will provide you with over 70min of Grade A comedy. However, if you like what you hear, "Rant in E-Minor" and "Dangerous" also come highly recommended. If you prefer a less potent form of ranty comedy, go for George Carlin's "Class Clown" or Denis Leary's "Lock N Load".
Having heard a lot of positive recommendations, and hearing that Bill was an important anti-conventional political satirist, I was really disappointed by this collection. It's quite funny, but not really hysterical. Perhaps I should look at a complete set rather than this amalgam of 'best of' bits. Still, from what i gather from this collection, he was good, but liked to string out the observations a bit. My personal tastes are closer to Eddie Izzard Peter Cook, Woody Allen, and Chris Morris.
Having said all of that, there are some very astute observations here- i liked the what is pornography? question, and the great time on drugs bit. The rest is a little tired- has he dated? i dunno- i'm sure it was a very different experience live.