Bill Hicks - Relentless
So there he was, Bill Hicks, standing on the middle of a stage somewhere in Montreal, Canada, talking to his studio audience about: (1) Vocations. (2) Current Affairs. (3) War. (4) UFO's. (5) Smoking. (6) Porn. (7) Faith. And (8) Drugs.
Granted, Bill being Bill, he wasn't just talking-talking. He was making everyone crack-up like a carton of eggs thrown down a flight of stairs. Yeah. I'm not kidding you, pal. Just check out some of the stuff he says during this annual film festival.
- I don't get the beach. It's where dirt meets water. That's it.
- What did moths bump into before the electric light-bulb was invented?
- Jane Fonda, can you please f*ck Ted Turner so we can hear some good news for a change?
- A war is when two opponents fight against each other. We didn't have a war. Think about it.
- In the war the Iraqis lost thousands and we only lost 79. So does that mean we could have sent only 80 and still have won?
- Bringing shotgun's to a UFO sighting reminds me of that saying 'You're not from around here, are you boy?'.
- Have you ever noticed that certain parts of our country shout 'Revolution! Revolution! Revolution!'. Whereas other parts scream 'Evolution! Evolution! Evolution! We want our thumbs!'.
come up to me and say 'Stop smoking and you'll get your sense of smell
back'. I say 'I don't want my sense of smell. I live in
New York City. Sniff-Sniff. Can you smell urine?'.
- If you smoke threw a hole in your neck, I'd think about quitting if I was you.
- The Supreme Court stated that pornography is an act that has no artistic merit, and causes sexual thought. Well, that sounds like every commercial on the television to me!
- What does an atheist scream when he cums? Science?
- A lot of Christians wear crosses around their necks. Do you honestly think that when Jesus comes back he'll want to see another f*cking cross again?
- The Beatles were so high; they even allowed Ringo to sing a few of their songs!
Now in closing his show, Bill informs his audience that he is also available for children's parties, before praising drugs, and then flying off of the stage like a bat outta Hell.
Next, the weather.
Now the only thing I can find at fault with 'Bill Hicks - Relentless', is that I did notice Bill repeating a couple of his past gags from his 'Sane Man' set. Apart from that though -- nah -- this was one cracking show. Full of very open-minded and honest insights that can make anyone laugh till the cows come home. In fact, this show was so f*cking hilarious, I don't really know what type of a person would hate it.
Bill Hicks funny? Someone narrow minded perhaps? Or what about some git who doesn't like hearing about taboo subjects, that'll make them think instead of blink?
Granted, here and there Bill can be somewhat crass with some of his gaffs. Like where it comes to his more sexually driven topics of note. Mainly because he illustrates both orally and visually with brash demonstrations, with what goes where and for why.
Now one of the things I loved the most about 'Bill Hicks - Relentless', was how Bill takes a subject, gives it his own little spin, and then tries to engage his reasoning with the use of popular culture.
musicians use drugs for example. He doesn't just say 'Drugs are good, and f*ck whatever anyone else thinks'. He takes noted musician, and then figuratively elaborates on how they use narcotics to hone their chosen craft, before comparing them to someone who doesn't use drugs, and bashes them for it in the process.
Furthermore, another thing I liked about Bill's set; was how he kept on rebelling against those people in power or narrow minded leanings. Me, being an old school fan of comics like Monty Python, Robin Williams, Woody Allen, and Peter Sellers, I can really connect with Bill's rebellious slant in a very big way. It's the essence of no holds barred comedy. Cause in one single stroke you can both defy the sterile society, and embrace true humanity, kicking it into touch like a bull in the proverbial
Anyway. There's nothing else for me to say, folks. Except God bless you Bill Hicks. This review is for you, mate. Rest in peace. You've earned it.
THE RATING: A