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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)

Bill Hicks

“Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?”

Comedian Bill Hicks was born on this day in 1961.

Johnny Keenen writes:

Bill Hicks would be 59 if he was with us today.Taken at the tender age of 32, in 1994..

Since the 20th Anniversary of his passing, The Laughing Stock Comedy Club have been commemorating the comedy legend.

Last year Bill’s brother Steve came over to Dublin from Texas, and joined fans and and friends in arguably the best show of 2020, Check out the videos here and here below to see what it was all about..

And be prepared to go #Billistic2021 on Friday, February 26, 2021. Somewhere…

Laughing Stock Comedy Club

Kevin Murphy (left) aka Richie Sheehy aka’ Cork’s Biggest Liverpool Fan’ with Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool FC manager

Johnny Keenan (him off the telly) writes:

On a dull Wednesday evening in the middle of January 2018 in Cork City, only one person could have forseen what was going to happen to Liverpool FC.

Coming from a hard days shoot of a video for a song about his beloved ‘Pana’  (known to outsiders as Patrick Street) to the beautiful melody of Tracy Chapmans ‘Fast Car’, local boy done good was a bit forlorn with the news he had just heard on the radio.

His team had sold arguably the best player in the whole city of Liverpool, and maybe even Cork. Brazilian Coutinho journeyed on to Barcelona for a sum in the region of £142 million.

Always the eternal optimist, our hero retreated to his bedroom and recorded a little ditty called ‘Salah‘. The rest as they say is history.

A viral sensation that currently has over 150 million views online.

An anthem that would have ‘The Kop’ singing it just four days after he uploaded it . While he stood proudly smiling in the middle of them all. Dreams do not come any better than this.

Amazingly that given Sunday in January 2018 all his heroes mentioned in his song ‘Salah’ scored to beat Manchester City, in what was billed as the title match.

After a lacklustre first half that ended 1-1 , ‘The Kop’ came alive and  started singing Kevin Murphys ‘Salah’.

In the next nine minutes something special happened. One after the other, Firmino, then Mane and finally Salah hit the back of the net. 4-1 up and the game all but over, everyone on Merseyside was asking CoutinWHO?

That day Klopp knew he had three of the best strikers in the world to build a world class team around. Thanks to the foresight of a humble Liverpool FC supporter from the banks of the Lee. KM somehow was able to get into the mind of one the greatest tactician and strategist in the beautiful game

Kevin Murphy would go onto be treated like royalty every time he passed by or walked through Shankley’s Gates.

He travelled to the last two Champions league finals, met his heroes, performed to thousands of his fellow followers, released ‘Salah’ as a charity single, and had loads more madcap adventures with The Red Army. He is sure to have many more.

Richy Sheehy aka Kevin Murphy aka Corks Biggest Liverpool Fan, fair play to ya boy. Milk it! as they say.

Last week: Win Nick’s Scouser Voucher

 

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin (left) and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar

Two Cheeks of The Same Arse

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael
Civil war parties,with one aim
To sell poets’ dreams to the highest bidder
Sworn enemies once,now cosy bedfellows

Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dee
Selling to you the same old scam
Whilst selling the country to Uncle Sam
Traitors all, to a man

Traitors all, to dead men’s dreams
Overseeing homeless people on our streets
Covering up evil crimes, of church and state
A terrible beauty born, soon turned to hate

As they deny the people’s democratic will
The desire for real change they’ll ignore
They’ll watch more innocents shown the door
As their corrupt rich backers
demand more and more

You scratch my back,I’ll scratch yours
Tweedle Dee and Dumb, a pair of cute whores
Born of idealism, now resident in respective sewers
For what ails these corrupt, there is no cure

For Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael
Civil war parties with only one aim
Everything in Ireland is for sale
our common wealth, our hopes, dreams and desires

dreams that they, have long denied
Dreams of dead martyrs, they have failed
As with the greens they plot and scheme
In the septic isle ,dead babies still scream

As Fianna Fáil, and Fine Gael
Set out their stall,hear them call
Two soulless whores, Two cheeks of the same arse,
See them embrace and dance in this, a Machiavellian farce

Denis Kelleher

Rollingnews

This afternoon.

Derrynane, County Kerry.

Steve Hicks, brother of comedy legend Bill Hicks, who will be the star turn at the 7th Public Members Bill’ this Wednesday night in The Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

Promoter Johnny Kennan (him off the telly), writes:

This will be the  26th anniversary of Bills passing.

An emotional charged and positive vibration awaits for all  who wants their third eye squiddied clean.

Tickets here

7th Public Members Bill

Happy birthday, Bill Hicks.

Johnny Keenan (him off the telly) writes:

On this day 58 years ago (1961) the saviour of modern comedy was born.

He was a true artist. A musician, songwriter, dark poet and philosopher who used the art of comedy to challenge the hypocrites and pharmacist.

A stand up Comedian, who stood up to politicians and masters of war. Exposing the banality of evil in all its guises, particularly in the ‘entertainment industry’

A truth seeker who went from town to town spreading informed opinion and facts. His voice of reason was greatly ignored in America and often censored.

Large amounts of people were offended because they could not fully understand the message, so the telling of ‘dick jokes’, to make the medicine go down was a necessity.

Many unwise men did not like the message of love, inclusion and peace, so they tried to ‘shut him up’.

Even though he woke many people from their drunken materialistic, war mongering slumber, many still do not believe (including Dara O’Briain) that such a creator and tour de force lived among us for almost 33 years.

It’s reasonable to say, he was a tortured genius, who was crucified by ‘the man’.

In the carefree early 90’s when real rock n roll was played on day time radio Bill Hicks was the king of rock n roll comedy.

His truth love and honesty for his fellow human beings made him the most outspoken voice of his generation and the hottest ticket in town.

I know it might seem weird but offending people especially in power was all the rage back then (listen to Rage Against The Machine, the clue is in the name).

In a time of WTF is WWF and Television Evangelists, Hicks really turned the light switch on, for the ‘jilted generation’.

Before the free information age people had to buy stuff to inform themselves, and by doing that, real artists got paid and could live. Yeah! it was the opposite of stealing. Note to Denis Leary.

We now live in an age where parents and adult children spend ridiculous amounts pf money going to Westlife reunion concerts. The same Westlife that had their ‘music’ used by the CIA, to torture inmates in Guantanamo Bay.

In 2020 get some clear vision. Start now by buying a ticket to The Laughing Stock Comedy Club’s ‘7th Public Members Bill’ at The Sugar Club Dublin on February 26, 2020.

The ideal Xmas present for yourself and your loved ones .

Special guest on the night will be Bill’s brother Steve.

Tickets here

But enough about that.

A date for your diary.

Johnny Keenan (him off the telly) writes:

The Laughing Stock Comedy Club are back with their ‘6th Public Members Bill’.

26th February 2020 is the 26th anniversary of Bill Hicks’ passing and we are honoured to have his brother Steve Hicks (top left with Bill in the 1980s and interviewed in a 2015 documentary, above)) live in The Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

Steve will share his own memories, and answer any questions you always wanted answered about the life and times of Bill.

The 3 hour show will also feature live tributes by comedians singers and poets who play from their f**kin heart, video tributes and other surprises. A raffle will take place for a portrait of Bill.

As always a local [ Dublin] charity and Bill Hicks Wildlife Foundation will benefit from door and raffle receipts, after costs.

Tickets €17.50 (excluding booking and handling fee) are on sale now (at link below.

Bill Hicks Tribute Night (Sugar Club)

Bill Hicks Tribute (Facebook)

RiRa.

‘Dropping’ tonight.

Johnny Keenan writes:

At some point this evening, RiRa the undisputed King of Irish hip hop will release what is sure to be another belter…

Following on his creative collaboration with life long friend Cras Cass this is the second video the lads worked on, on location in TTown aka Tullamore.

In a week where Offaly celebrated local legend Shane Lowry we still had to wake up to the reality of more jobs being culled and none look likely to be created.

It’s good to be brought back to earth with a little bit of Offaly levity. Thanks to RiRa and Crass Cass.

In the meantime feel free to check out RiRa’s YouTube channel where 110 packages of pure passion and serious talent await the curious and creative…

Previously: RiRa on Broadsheet

Yesterday.

Shannon Airport.

Johnny Keenanwrites:

On looking at the video above you will see exactly how peaceful and passionate people can make a difference.

Watch closely as the great peace activist Margaretta D’arcy still challenges the illegal use of Shannon Airport by American War Mongers, with the help of the docile Fine Gael Irish government.

There is something missing though.

Young vibrant people who should be where Margaretta D’arcy is. She is there to defend the rights of all the young people who for some reason don’t seem to care.

We care about climate change. Well war is the biggest cause of climate change.

So get on and cop on, and let everyone you know, know that in order for Ireland to move forward, we have to get peaceful and mobile.

The next Shannon Airport Protest Vigil takes place on Sunday 14th July, then Sunday 11th August. Much respect to the Shannon Watch Peace Camp Activists who are truly the conscience of the Irish people.

Johnny Keenan (Facebook)

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