Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Bill Hicks

Today would have been Bill Hicks’s 58th birthday.

Since he died at 32, it means he’s missed 26, which adds up to an awful lot of missed cake.

I remember what a sweet tooth he had and how, whenever I’d visit him on the road, I’d always have a dozen Dunkin’ Donuts on hand.

After a while, he came to expect them, like I was his designated doughnut dealer.

Other than that, he had pretty much cleaned up his act, so to speak, no longer smoking or drinking, proud of his first AA coin. He even took up yoga while living in L.A., or Hell-A, as he called Los Angeles.

I was in such awe of this, his ability to change habits he had for so long, but despite all that, God, as we know, had another plan for Bill.

When I think of all the creeps in comedy still crawling around, it does make one question the Great Creator’s judgment, leaving them, taking Hicks, so I’ve decided, that’s proof enough there has to be something more.

Ironically, the film, Defending Your Life, about what happens in the afterlife, was a favorite of his. He loved how the Meryl Streep character because of her good works on earth, got the better hotel, and Albert Brooks, whose were down a quart, a cheaper one.

He howled at that.

I can’t imagine what it must have been like for him as he spent his last days at his parent’s home in Little Rock, knowing he was checking out, but what I do know is this…

he was kind and loving, giving and noble in all things, so I’m guessing as I write this…

Bill, is at the Ritz.

Happy Birthday Willie. 

Miss you. 

Love, Susannah

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr Bill Hicks.

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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37 Responses to Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Bill Hicks

  1. I’ve known you long enough to have read several of your lovely tributes to Bill Hicks. I’m going to come back to this post during the day when I can listen to the video. Everyone else is sleeping, and my playing it at a level I can hear would wake everyone and the dog.

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Beautifully written, Susannah. I’m going to have to come back to the video later, too. Something to look forward to.
    Saturday was spent at a celebration of life for a local fella a few years younger than me. He was a farmer, a bit of a drinker, and rough around the edges. But he was a nice guy with a generous heart; witnessed by the fact that his current wife, ex-wife, long term relationship honey that produced a child, and the honey’s father, were all present without any rancor. All his children, some from Oregon, came. Classmates from hundreds of miles away drove in to attend. He probably won’t be at the Ritz, but I’m sure it’s a room with an expansive view of a large cow pasture.

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  3. aFrankAngle says:

    Cheers to a tribute to a friend – and one that left this world why too soon. Loved the video! Thanks for the laughs.

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  4. Sorryless says:

    I do so love your writings on him. You open up this part of him that people like me would never have known. Its one thing to have watched him do his thing in stand up performances and on late night shows, but to have someone introduce us to the things that made up his world? That’s priceless.

    Blessings to you and here’s hoping he’s enjoying his room service at the Ritz.

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  5. A beautiful tribute to Bil, Susannah. It was nice learning more about him too.

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  6. I did stop and watch the clip you included. He was pretty good and when I think about how it was 28 years ago when I was around 31, it was even more funny.
    Glad you knew him and I am certain he was glad to know you.

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  7. Dale says:

    I remember when you said you would no longer focus on the date he left this earth but would from now on celebrate him on his birthday. It is lovely that you share these little snippets of him.

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  8. This is a beautiful tribute, Susannah. I always love these each year. I’m sure he would be honored.

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  9. Giving people a chance to laugh is such a gift. Your tribute was equally a fine gift.

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