The Unseen Bill Hicks Stand-Up Act

Saturday, January 31, 2009

I've never seen anything like this done on television before. I was watching David Letterman last night and saw that Mary Hicks was going to be on the show and Dave explained that she was comedian Bill Hicks' mother and then went on to explain about Bill Hicks' last appearance on the Late Show in 1993.

For whatever reason, Dave thought Bill Hicks' routine was a little too rare to air so he censored his act, in fact, stopping it from appearing on the show that night. (They tape several hours earlier in the evening.) Bill Hicks' passed away less than a year later of pancreatic cancer.

Fast forward 15 years or so with Letterman feeling he had done Bill Hicks a huge disservice, invited Bill's mother to come on the show and he finally air that comedy bit of Bill's last night.

The way it stands, I've got to admire that David Letterman publicly admitted his wrong move and tried to smooth it over as best he could. Lettermen sure was one arrogant s.o.b. back then. I don't think there's anything nefarious about his gesture and maybe more people can appreciate Bill Hicks' talent.



Sister Wolf Mon Feb 02, 02:22:00 AM EST  

THANK YOU! My husband is an ardent Bill Hicks fan and he missed the Letterman show the other night.


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