As one of the so-called Outlaw comics of the 80s and 90s, the late Bill Hicks wielded a dark brand of funny. Which of course meant that his scathing insights, biting witticisms, and hilarious observations were maligned, misunderstood, and censored to the point of ridiculousness. For the record, we’ve always found the man’s work to be nothing short of side-splittingly funny.
The good-hearted folks behind the Bill Hicks Memorial Statue agree…and are seeking to enshrine Hicks’ legacy for generations to come.
Bill Hicks is revered throughout the world as many things – legend, truthsayer, shaman, philosopher, and many more. Bill was a rare breed of human; A guy that comes along once in a lifetime to challenge us to be better. He made you think, he kept you on the edge of your seat, and he was completely fearless. He’s one of the few comedians that is still relevant almost 20 years after being taken from the world too soon, and his legacy grows every day. Yet, there does not stand a single monument in the world to him. Bill began his comedy career in Houston at the now defunct Comedy Workshop on San Felipe and Shepherd. A statue to permanently pay homage to him in the city where he began his journey would solidify his legacy. This statue would serve as a symbol to remember the past and everything Bill gave us, but also as a reminder for the future generations to seek knowledge around every corner.
Now we hope you’re not expecting us to be funny here today, are you? Seriously, that’s like asking someone to whip up a fabulous meal for Julia Child with only a Bunsen burner. So we’ll leave you with this oft-stolen Hicks standard. “Keith Richards outlived Jim Fixx, the runner and health nut. The plot thickens.” Hmmmm.