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One Night Stand

The first time I saw Bill Hicks was on TV. It was BBC2, some late-night comedy show — I think maybe a collection of acts from Montreux? 1986? Somewhere around then. On stage and shrieking, literally bent over and shrieking about the lack of guts in rock’n’roll. Just suffused with fucking hatred. And I thought, yeah, this guy knows.

These days, everyone knows who Bill Hicks was. But a little more never hurts. ONE NIGHT STAND is 28 minutes long.

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  1. This is also available on the DVD, “Bill Hicks Live – Satirist, Social Critic, Stand-Up Comedian”

    One Night Stand is from the Old Vic theater, in Chicago, if memory serves.

  2. I vividly remember the first time I saw this. It must’ve been in the early 90s – I can’t remember the channel (maybe it was BBC 2)… and I was glued to the TV, much to the chagrin of my dad who doesn’t like standup – but Hicks was so much more than that. I always wonder what material he’d have today if he were still alive.

  3. So, Warren, you too are a fan of Bill Hicks? Coincidentally, I’m listening to Revelations as I write. If you want more of his shows, check out You Tube, it’s full of ’em. But you probably already know that.

    One Night Stand is great, too, but his best, in my opinion, is Sane Man. His funniest, at least.


  4. RMC RMC

    Cheers for this. I settled down to watch it for the first time about 7 years ago on the Paramount Comedy Channel when the phone rang. It was a close friend of mine who’d been dumped that very day, and so I spent
    the duration with the show on mute, taunting me everytime I looked up from counselling my heart-broken buddy. Surely has stood the test of time though.

  5. Thanks for posting a great video clip.

    Not everyone knows who Bill Hicks was. Given the current political and social climate in the U.S., it’s obvious more people ought to check him out.

  6. I really wonder what he would’ve thought and said (screamed, rather) about our current world. Especially Bush the Second.

  7. John R John R

    That… was probably the shortest 28 minutes of my life.

    Hicks is dead and Dick Cheney walks the Earth. Bad choice.

  8. In all honestly, the first time I heard Bill Hicks he was already dead. The injustice of it all didn’t hit until W. Bush came to power. And then America invaded Iraq, as if to further emphasize Hick’s old “Persian Gulf Distraction” skit.

    Bill has surely been rolling in his grave these past few years.

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