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Bill Hicks was the last great social satirist, the true descendent of comedians like Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor. His work confronted the hypocrisies of late-20th century American life, divining comedy from the more evil impulses of the government and the mass media while assaulting the soullessness of mainstream culture. A longtime substance abuser, Hicks' monologues addressed issues of expanded consciousness and spirituality rare to the comedy format; for all of the rage inherent in his standup, his message was one of transcendence — as he frequently reminded audiences, "The truth will set you free." Hicks died on February 26, 1994 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 32.
William Melvin Hicks
December 16, 1961 in Valdosta, GA