Bill Hicks - Sane Man
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Hicks repeatedly jabs the phobic pressure points of his audience with his scathing critque of the culturally fascist, "anti-intellectual" ethic that noticeably began permeating the country in the early 80s like a bad rash. It is nothing short of searing, damning, and high on fire. America had become a "Reagan Wet Dream" version of itself, indoctrinating most into a 24/7/365 shopping mall mindset within a perpetually soothing 72 degree environment: what more could humanity hope for?
"Sane Man" has plenty of extras, additional clips and footage, and is highly recommended for old or new fans alike.Read more ›
Watching it was a revelation. My roomate and I had never seen such a powerful, yet silly performance. The picture was terrible, clearly taken from a 3/4" Umatic tape or worse, but the message was clear.
I tried to get the store to order me a copy, but they didn't know how. The tape had been sent to them by their corporate office. (The chain was based in Texas.) This was pre-internet, so I figured if they couldn't get it, no one could. So I rented it again and bootlegged it. I still have that tape.
A few years ago, Kevin Booth released an extended cut of "Sane Man", but only on VHS. The picture quality was also rumored to be improved. But I wanted to hold out for a DVD. And now it's finally here. And knowing Rykodisc, probably greatly improved. They've only let us down once before. (The "Love Laughter & Truth" CD was scraping the bottom of the Hicks kettle.)
But even if this is a VHS copied onto a DVD, it's worth it. Most people have simply never seen this performance. The "Bill Hicks Satirist..." DVD was great, but it didn't have the fire of this performance. In "One Night Stand" and "Relentless", he's confident, but he's trying to prove himself. In "Revelations", he's a little TOO cool, since he was a genuine star in London by this time. (Plus, there's a bit too much "british-centric" humor.")
"Sane Man" is a younger Bill in front of a home-town crowd.Read more ›
In these terms, "Sane Man" is "Live At The Star Club (Hamburg)" or "The Beatles At The Beeb". It the provocative prototype of what was to come, none the less important than what was to follow. The solid underwork of a magnificent career to come....
I don't think the comparison to the world most important band ever is overstreching, either. He was the rock and roll comedian, and he was that good!
"Sane Man" is unmissable for any Hicks devotee. The funniest man of my generation.
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Not the hilarious and genius riffs on religion I had seen on tv. The best comedian of all time. Not his best selection of material.Published 10 months ago by Ginny Rettig
Hicks is definitional to modern stand up comedy, and this film will show you why. The stories are true, and Sane Man is a must for anyone who likes stand up.Published on September 16, 2013 by hugh parker
I would recommend this DVD to anyone who is interested in Bill Hicks. It is his first recorded video performance, and his material is delivered in a growing Bill Hicks fashion. Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Jeffrey Craig
While bill hicks was not loved by everybody, some of us thought he was just too funny. The problem is sometimes getting people to get access to stand up, not everyone watches stand... Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Steven Baum
This should be better explained that the item is for Europe formatted DVD players only. It's not formatted to play in North American Regions. Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by SMH79
this is the first fully taped standup of hicks. . . right at the time his career was starting to take off. i recommend this as a must have for any comedy fan. . . Read morePublished on December 4, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Have you ever had that experience where you're watching a DVD of something you're a fan of when suddenly your girlfriend/ housemate walks in and wants to watch it with you? Read morePublished on August 23, 2011 by Magic Lemur