margonaut blog archive (2004-2014)


“what is the point to life?”

A classic from the late great Bill Hicks, who was quoted as calling himself "Chomsky with dick jokes."

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  1. Thanks! I had not heard of Bill Hicks yet. I’ve been cracking up listening to his stuff all morning. Best display of holy irreverence I have seen to date. Lisa

  2. Bill always tried his best to verbally shock his audience out of their complacency. The clip you’ve chosen is from the end of his show “Revelations” in London in 1992.

    He once lamented the fact that you never hear positive stories about drug use on the evening news only bad ones. One of his suggested stories for the news reader was,

    “Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration – that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death; life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves… Here’s Tom with the weather!”

    His segment was removed from a 1993 Letterman show because he suggested the right-to-life crowd would have more credibility if they blocked cemetaries rather than medical clinics. He also suggested that if Jesus were to return, maybe all these people wearing crosses might be the last thing he’d want to see. Kind of like remembering John Kennedy with a little sniper rifle pendant. Just this year, Letterman had Bill’s mother on his show, played the original segment (very mild by today’s standards) and apologized for having such poor judgment 15 years ago. Most of Bill’s material is as relevant today as it was 20 years ago.

    And as you know, the last line of my favourite song goes, “Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.” :)

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