Cult comedian Bill Hicks made his name as a stand-up in the 1980s and continued to amass fans across the globe until his death in 1994. He was one of the few comedians amongst his contemporaries who addressed the social and political issues of the day and his aggressive style was a huge hit with live audiences. His recordings were also huge sellers in the US, Canada and the UK. Bill Hicks was more than a comedian and often represented the left as a social critic as well as satirising American life. Even before his untimely death a Bill Hicks poster was a regular feature of many a student wall. Since his death heâs become a comedy icon and his image has spawned an entire industry.
Hicks grew up in Texas and began performing aged just 16 when he joined Houstonâs Comedy Workshop. He toured around the USA for several years and made several appearances on high profile TV programmes, but it wasnât until he came to the UK that he found a huge fan base and filled major venues on his 1991 tour of the country. In addition to comedy, social commentary and writing, hicks was also a noted guitarist and songwriter.