Battle Of Wills

Bill-Hicks-001 If you ever told me there would be someone I’d meet who hated the comedy of Bill Hicks I would have never believed it.

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









About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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17 Responses to Battle Of Wills

  1. micklively says:

    Bill’s video is blocked for “copyright reasons”.
    I can understand people hating his comedy. People hate pacifists, gay rights activists, feminists, atheists: hating Bill’s comedy seems almost inevitable for folk like that.
    I’m pleased you stuck the boot in but I doubt you’ve found a convert. There’s none so deaf as those who will not hear.


  2. People can rarely handle the truth, whether it’s straight up on via stand up. The Bill Hicks and George Carlin’s of this world will never be replaced.
    As for that guy … get over your fucking self with your hyper PC lifestyle and fear of offending. Why is everyone so offended today?


  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    I’ve come across guys like him before, pontificating to anyone stupid enough to sit and listen. Around here we call people like that ‘blowhards’.


  4. I hope it didn’t take the fun out of the evening. All that is such old news you wonder how that guy got to be talking about it anyway!


  5. Ally Bean says:

    I’m not familiar with Bill Hicks, but I applaud your ability to knock some annoying man down a few pegs. I run into arrogant stupidity frequently, making me feel inept whenever I try to counter it with reason, kindness, common sense. You inspire me to do better!


  6. I’ll have to look him up.


  7. AF says:

    Btw…. as you probably know in 2009 Letterman had Bill Hicks mother on to apologize to her for his decision not to air the segment, for reasons he couldn’t explain because he thought Bill was a genius. He devoted a huge part of the show to this topic and ultimately showed the unaired appearance.


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