Johnny Keenan hosts the 8th Public Members Bill in tribute to honour the life and legacy of the late comedian Bill Hicks.
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.
“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…
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.
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.
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.
Free Sunday afternoon?
Johnny Keenan writes:
Jinx (above) is guarding the raffle prize for ‘6th Public Members Bill’.
For just €2 per ticket or 3 for €5 you get the chance to win this fantastic portrait of Bill (above) by artist David Heffernan.
Get on down to The Grand Social [Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1] this Sunday 4-7pm. Where truth love and laughter will abide.
Get your show ticket (at link below) now and be prepared to go BILLISTIC!!!
Previously: Great Bill
The ‘6th Public Members Bill’ celebrating the life of comic Bill Hicks.
In The Grand Social, Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1 at 4-7pm (doors 3pm).
Featuring stand ups Richy Sheehy , Siobhan Brosnan, Jack Hourigan, Harry Smith, David Mallaghan, Andrew Gilmore and others PLUS a live interview with Bill’s brother Steve.
Thanks Johnny Keenan
It’s always funny until someone gets hurt.
Then it’s just hilarious, etc.
Do you miss Bill Hicks?
Johnny Keenan, him off the telly, writes:
Tomorrow night all roads lead to Hicksville aka The Grand Social Dublin, Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1. The night will include:
Artists who play from their fupping heart in the guise of comedy poetry and song.
A panel discussion on the career and legacy of the comedy god will throw an eye on one of his epic quotes and philosophical musings ‘Listen, the next revolution is gonna be a revolution of ideas‘.
Video Tributes and Montage
A QandA with Bill’s brother via skype. Steve Hicks will answer any question you ever had about the comedy legend.
A live portrait by David Heffernan Artist will be raffled to raise funds for The Bill Hicks Wildlife Foundation (www.billhicks.org).ll Performers and Contributors give up their time and fee to appear in respect of Bill Hicks….
Tickets €12 here