Johnny Keenan writes:

This Friday, the great and good of the comedy and music world will once again come together to honour the life legacy the life of Bill Hicks.

Twenty seven years on from his passing (to the day) the Brave Bold and Billistic will share their stories and art in the name of Hicks.

Since 2014, The Laughing Stock Comedy Club has honoured the great life of Bill with an annual public display of affection while raising awareness and funds for cancer groups, homeless charities and Bill Hicks Wildlife Foundation .

We certainly peaked last year when a full house welcomed Bill’s brother Steve and his good friend Marty to The Sugar Club in Dublin.

On this 8th Public Members Bill we will have some serious sonic sounds from artists who play from “their fuckin’ heart” and great contributors that share Hicks’ philosophy,

The 8th Public Members Bill will be simulcast on Broadsheet on The Telly at 9pm-12am GMT.

A Tribute To Bill Hicks ‘7th Public Members Bill’ (Facebook)

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37 thoughts on “Free Friday?

    1. Micko

      Is that Johnny who used to go and do his Bill Hicks impression repeating all of Bill’s material as a sort of weird tribute act, coz someone told him he looked a bit like Bill Hicks and therefore he wore a polar neck and similar glasses for years.

      Yeah… ok

      Small town I guess.

      Or maybe it’s a different Johnny?

          1. benblack

            Sorry, dude, that’s over my head – whoosh!

            Care to explain?

            It’s definitely not a Bill Hicks reference – of that I’m sure.


      1. ian-Oh

        I appear to have upset you without any effort, having any idea who you are or not particularly wanting to know.

        (I’ll be expecting your well thought out, catty reply first thing in the morning. Don’t let me down now benny.)


    1. benblack

      Still relevant today except the voice is lost.

      Marketing and sales executives – kill yourselves!

      Weapons of Mass Destruction – We know you have them, we still have the receipts.

      Drink Coke.

  1. Otis Blue

    Hicks’ takedown of Denis Leary’s plagiarism of his act and persona was delicious.

    When asked in an interview why he had quit smoking, he answered, “I just wanted to see if Denis would, too.”

    In another interview Hicks said, “I have a scoop for you. I stole Leary’s act. I camouflaged it with punchlines, and, to really throw people off, I did it before he did.”

    1. Micko

      Yeah. He ripped off some jokes.

      I still like Denis Leary too though. He had some good material too.

      His performance in Demolition Man was good and I’m very fond of his song A%%hole.

      It’s usually what’s going through my head when I post here tbh.

      1. benblack

        Not familiar with the tune, but, I presume, it is autobiographical.

        On Denis’ part, never yours, Micko!

        1. benblack

          You probably came across Leary before you knew of Hicks.

          I’ll put it down to that – unless, you’d like to correct me?

          1. Micko

            Hmmm. Not too sure actually.

            I think maybe.

            I did go see Leary in Dublín a good few years back. He was ok.

            I’m a big fan of Hicks. But I also like Leary.

            But Carlin – he craps on them all.

            None of them can hold a candle to him.

          2. bertie blenkinsop

            I love Hicks but was never lucky enough to see him live.
            The best stand up gig I ever went to was Jackie Mason. I literally ached from laughing.
            For me, and I know it’s subjective, Lenny Bruce is far superior to Carlin.

          3. Micko

            I never got Lenny Bruce. @Bertie

            I know he’s the “godfather” etc, but he never did anything for me.

            But then I never liked early Carlin either, the 7 dirty words thing never hit home.

            But 90’s Carlin. Oh Christ – amazing.

          4. Bertie blenkinsop

            My Da has a big comedy collection.
            We used to listen to Derek & Clive, the goons, Lenny, Woody Allen, Jackie Mason, Billy Connolly, Mel Brooks 2000 year old man, all that stuff in the car when I was a kid.
            In hindsight, probably completely unsuitable but I turned out okay *gibber*

  2. Ronans heating

    Sure we have dinosaur fossils here in Kilkenny that were put here by god himself just to test our faith of how out of touch with reality we might be in by explaining life with the written word of a bunch of freaks on psilocybin mushrooms 2000 years ago

    1. ian-oh

      Dunno Ronan, I’d imagine if they were on psilocybin they might have come out with a bit of a nicer story. I’d say they were drinking manky, unhopped beer that gave them a dodgy stomach and made them very cranky.

      I never understood the story of the city of Jericho – march around the walls for a few days, blow your trumpets, walls fall down and the Israelites go in and essentially wipe almost everyone out.

      Very extreme story? I can see where ISIS got some of their inspiration from.

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