American: The Bill Hicks Story

This week will see American: The Bill Hicks Story hit our screens 15 years after his death and hopefully it does him and his extraordinary talent justice. Hicks was probably the most provocative and independent comedians of all time, never a joke-teller, he created laughs with his distinctively frank take on life, “You know what we should have done,’ he said. ‘Instead of bombing the Iraqis, we should have embarrassed them. We should have assassinated Bush”.

His timeless comedy tackled the contradictions of America and modern life full on, lambasting the hypocrisies of the Gulf war, American gun law and of the pro- life movement using nothing but his hilarious ideas and the uncompromising observational style that continues to resonate with successive generations.

This new feature-length documentary combines live footage with a stunning new animation technique manipulating 1,000s of photographs to uniquely immerse the audiences in his world and is re-told from the point-of-view of the people who shared it with him.

Definitely gonna check this out, one of my favourite comedians of all time, American: The Bill Hicks Story runs from May 14th – 27th in the IFI, Temple Bar, Dublin.

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