Entertainment

   

American: The Bill Hicks Story

Posted by

<
>

Whenever I listen to recordings of Bill Hicks doing his stand-up comedy, while I’m always entertained, deep down there’s a certain feeling of somberness. A particularly good example of this can be found in one of his routines in which he talks about the porn collection stashed under his bed. He wonders—if he were to die—what his parents would think when they ultimately found the cornucopia of smut. Always reminded of Hicks’ death at this point, I think, ‘his parents probably did find the porn.’ This somehow makes the joke so much sadder yet funnier and almost beautiful.

Regardless, it’s such a strangely hilarious and relatable image Hicks conjures, and that’s what he did best: he was able to get the audience to relate to him by showing them just how hypocritical the real world is. Though misanthropic and sometimes offensive, he was all about exposing society. But how much of himself did he expose whilst doing so?

You should totally head to ACMI at Federation Square some time in the next week to check out the documentary American: The Bill Hicks Story. Playing every night from now until November 23rd, it’s a great chance for fans to rekindle their love of Hicks and for the uninitiated to find out about a genius comic that died before his time.

Here’s a favourite clip of mine from Hicks’ Sane Man… for old times’ sake:

Session times are listed on the ACMI website.


Food and Drink

http://www.milkbarmag.com/2017/08/10/two-fat-monks/

Two Fat Monks

Tucked away in the back streets of up-and-coming Fairfield is the gorgeous café Two Fat Monks. Milk Bar Mag checked out their remarkable new menu.

http://www.milkbarmag.com/2017/08/09/european-night-market/

European Night Market

The Madame Brussels Lane European Night Market is on Friday evenings this August and is the only way to enjoy a slice of European decadence.

http://www.milkbarmag.com/2017/08/03/craft-co-salami-making-class/

Craft & Co salami making class

Milk Bar Mag attended a salami making class at the Craft & Co.

What's On

http://www.milkbarmag.com/2017/05/04/melbourne-dog-lovers-show-2017/

Melbourne Dog Lovers Show 2017

The 2017 Melbourne Dog Lovers Show is one paws-itively brilliant celebration of man’s best friend.

http://www.milkbarmag.com/2015/11/19/fred-williamson-to-kick-ass-at-monster-fest/

Fred Williamson To Kick Ass At Monster Fest

Milk Bar Mag got to speak with action movie icon Fred Williamson about the premiere of his latest action flick Atomic Eden for Monster Fest.

http://www.milkbarmag.com/2012/11/12/alright-alright/

Alright? Alright

Photographer James Voller continues his exploration of the intersection between installation, photography and documentary media in his latest exhibition.