I ran across this controversy last year – someone posted audio/video of comedians Bill Hicks and Denis Leary, pointing out that many of Leary’s jokes resemble Hicks’ routine. Hicks is more the ‘comedian’s comedian’ – meaning ‘dead’ or ‘unknown’. Hicks is unfortunately dead of cancer, and was just starting to get major recognition. Denis Leary hit the big time in the early/mid-90s with his “No Cure for Cancer” concert (and book!). The video below is one example of several videos posted on Youtube. Admittedly, I was a big fan of Leary’s when I first heard his album, but then his routine got old to me. I don’t know enough about Hicks – not sure if he’s as great as everyone claims, but from what I’ve seen, he’s definitely ahead of and maybe more authentic than the ‘sorta angry/annoyed’ comics like Lewis Black, David Cross, etc. If you do comedy about general topics (airplane food, corporations, politicians, smoking), you will run into other comedians cover the same subject matter. How they cover it, how they present it, what examples they use, determies if it’s stealing. One way to avoid this? Write more personal jokes. Duh.
3 thoughts on “Denis Leary & Bill Hicks – Siamese Comedians!”
Leary definitely ripped Hicks off
Hicks is one of those “angry” comics who gives the impression that he really is unhappy as a person. And listening to Lewis Black makes me want to shoot someone (not because he’s bad but because he presents the argument for outrage so well). He makes me wonder how he doesn’t have a stroke.
Did you see that movie Accepted? He was pretty bad in that. That was not range.
One of my favorite Bill Hicks jokes was about people wearing the cross and how Jesus would feel if he came back and everyone was wearing a crucifix.
if you watch bill hicks meterial his later stuff like rant in e-minor you see hes not so angry he’s very metaphysical and makes some profound points about life and how were all apart of god… not an unhappy man… but people like you and leary only take the shit about smoking and ranting on music and shit and say hey hes just an unhappy person…
“The World is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real, because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round, and it has thrills and chills and is very brightly colored, and it’s very loud. And it’s fun, for a while.
Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they’ve begun to question, ‘Is this real, or is this just a ride?’, and other people have remembered, and they’ve come back to us and they say ‘Hey, don’t worry. Don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.’ and we KILL THOSE PEOPLE.
“Shut him up! We have alot invested in this ride! SHUT HIM UP! Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real.”
It’s just a ride.
But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that. You ever noticed that? And let the demons run amok. But it doesn’t matter, because … It’s just a ride.
And we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear wants you to put bigger locks on your door, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead see all of us as one.
Here’s what we can do to change the world right now, to a better ride:
Take all that money we spent on weapons and defense each year and instead spend it feeding, clothing, and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and WE CAN EXPLORE SPACE, TOGETHER, BOTH INNER AND OUTER, forever … in peace.”
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