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It’s just a ride…

Posted in General, Icons by brettok on August 1, 2010

Most of the jokes I was well-versed in.    The outline of his life and death is well defined in my mind.  But there is so much more revealed in American: The Bill Hicks Story than I ever imagined.

This is a brilliant film.  As Bill’s life was tragically all-too-brief, the lack of video footage was apparent as the producers utilised clever montaging of still photography to paint an almost abstract picture of the life of the greatest comedian ever.

Looking around the packed Paramount Theatre (damn I love old, stately theatres like this) I wondered how many were already disciples, and who were being initiated into his complex world.  I know of one person who fell into the latter camp, and when she stated “I’m converted” as the credits rolled and the applause broke out, the legacy of Bill had reached at least one, and probably dozens more in this space and time.

If you get the chance (and they will be limited until a DVD release I think) go and see this film.  And even if you aren’t converted, you will be entertained.  RIP Bill.

*More video here*

“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. It has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly coloured 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 begin to question:  “Is this real, or is this just a ride?”  And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, “Hey, don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.”  And we kill those people.”


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