For me he’ll always be the quintessential man of comedy, and for good reason.
And I’m not alone in this.
I rarely attend parties these days, my hearing loss making it so hard to enjoy myself, but a model I really like asked me to an event.
So I went.
After putting on my best dress, a vintage black Agnes B’ fitting me like an old glove, I prepared to seize the evening as best I could missing probably, with the exception of sight, one’s most important sense…to hear what is being said around you.
I burst in like I was entering a war zone, and in a way I was, since for me the ambient noise was like machine gun fire. I immediately found my friend so happy I came making the whole effort worth it.
I found myself on a bar stool next to a well-heeled fortyish fellow holding court as if he were royalty. To my amazement he was talking about the recently released Letterman footage when the very last set Bill did was not permitted on the air.
I remember when it happened, Bill being so shocked David Letterman, his greatest advocate, feeling he had somehow crossed a line.
This guy was saying how Bill was so out there…inappropriate…outlandish and just plain crude…even then, his point of view veering to a place of incomprehension.
I took this in like a stabbing.
Bill died over 20 years ago, but did I get my Italian up. Did I hear wrong? I asked myself. I am drinking after all. But knew I didn’t, and Bill for me will always be my greatest creative champion.
“Excuse me,” I said, interrupting his lavish rant. “I’m curious, did you know Bill Hicks?”
He looked at me surprised I suppose anyone would have the nerve to interrupt him.
“No,” he said, clearly stunned by the question.
“I did, and his comedy was flawless. And as far as the Letterman gig goes…if you Google further, you’ll find the film when he admits what an error he made. Why he opted for the decision not to air Bill’s monologue, and how sorry he was.”
This man looked so shocked, as if I busted him in all his smug, self-righteous glory.
“Did you know him.” he asked sarcastically.
“Yes, I sure did. SB