Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Bill Hicks on Letterman

This Friday evening Late Night with David Letterman will air the infamous never before broadcast 1st October 1993 performance by Bill Hicks. One of the guests on the show that night is his mother, Mary Hicks.

It's a big deal, not only because the editing of his entire performance from the show, caused Hicks much consternation, but because it'll be the first time in a long while that his material will have reached this large an audience. Surprisingly Hicks isn't held in the same esteem in his home country as he is here and the airing of his performance should lead to him being discovered by a lot more people.

Hicks discusses the censorship in one of his last ever recorded interviews down below.


Anonymous said...

For the record, it was 1 October 1993. Wikipedia entry was wrong (the 9th was a Saturday).

Tom said...

If you watch the video it's Bill Hicks himself who says it was recorded on October 9th. That's why I put the 9th, not because of the Wikipedia entry. It's possible that might have also been based on the same video clip.

However, in Love All the People his letter to John Lahr certainly says 1st October, so I have amended it.