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Comic riffs from the hit Off-Broadway show that landed Denis gigs with MTV and various Nike commercials, most notably the one with Bo Jackson ("I think you hear me comin' ") that he sneers all the way through. But then, Denis is always sneering! Funny guy, though.

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Denis Leary's stance as an unregenerate, chain-smoking, meat-eating, angry young man is intense, to say the least. But his act made him a star for one reason: His jokes are funny. No Cure for Cancer is drawn mostly from Leary's one-man show of the same name, which is full of tough love for '90s therapy-addicted crybabies, and no-holds-barred advice for idiots (which is to say, anyone who gets in Leary's way). Head for the hills when he picks up a guitar, as he does on several ill-advised comedic songs here, but listen up when Leary's straight talk makes perfect (and hilarious) sense. To crack addicts, for example, his message is simple: "Never do a drug named after a part of your own ass." --Daniel Durchholz
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 12, 1993)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: January 12, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000005IKZ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,395 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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An inside joke among stand-up comedians goes like this:

Question: Why is Denis Leary a star and Bill Hicks not?
Answer: Because there's no cure for cancer.

Explanation: Leary and Hicks were up-and-coming stand-ups, and friends, in the late '80s and early '90s. Then "No Cure For Cancer" came out in 1993, which Hicks saw as a blatant ripoff of his act; friendship over. Hicks died of pancreatic cancer in 1994, and Leary rose to the higher echelons of comedy. Ergo -- the theory goes -- if there were only an actual cure for cancer, Hicks would be a star, and Leary would be chain smoking his way through Lindsay Lohan biopics on obscure cable channels.

I have several problems with this politically correct version of events: Anyone who actually takes the trouble to A&B Leary and Hicks will find them quite different. True, some themes and punchlines are very similar; but it's not as if Bill Hicks was the first to do biting social commentary (Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, George Carlin), or defend smoking and drinking (Godfrey Cambridge, Sam Kinison, Andrew Dice Clay), or tell dick jokes (everybody). His material was courageous and groundbreaking, to be sure; but I have yet to see any objective evidence that Leary's joke stealing was any more egregious than, say, Milton Berle's or Robin Williams's; yet almost 20 years later, many people who never saw Hicks's act continue to lambast Leary for crimes that they can't even back up with specific examples.

All of that said, I personally find Hicks funnier than Leary; I prefer Hicks's laconic Texas drawl to Leary's automatic-weapon delivery. Leary blasts through the material on this disk like an angry squirrel on crack, hardly stopping to breathe. Timing, rhythm, subtlety and nuance are virtually nonexistent.
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I bought this album because of the track, A*#%ole, which still raises a smile, but only just. A couple of years after buying it, I discovered a comedian called Bill Hicks, and I am here to tell you, Hicks is the MAN! He is the greatest standup, funnier because his material is deeper than 95% of other comics (Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor probably the exceptions). I don't want this to sound like an advertisement for Hicks, but if you're reading this and think Leary is great, Hicks will blow your mind; besides, the Gospel of Hicks needs to be spread. If you listen to No Cure For Cancer then listen to Hicks' 1989 album, Dangerous, you'll find many similarites. Even Bill knew that Leary had pillaged his material, and Bill had this to say of Leary: "I stole his act. I camouflaged it with punchlines, and to really throw people off, I did it before he did." ...
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By A Customer on January 29, 1999
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Anyone who has listened to the great comedian Bill Hicks will recognize where Denis Leary gets all his best stuff. Leary was a ho-hum Boston journeyman until Hicks died & Leary appropriated all his stuff. Considering the title of this CD, it's ironic that Hicks died of Cancer. If there was a cure for cancer, Leary wouldn't have a career. A pox on this plagiarist. Point your Browser to the Bill Hicks section and get the real thing. I recommend "Rant in E-Minor."
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Ok, first off, I'm not writing a bad review about Leary because he isn't funny, it's because he uses stolen material. I was a Leary fan since I heard No Cure for Cancer 3 years ago, and this summer I was buying Lock n Load, and this guy working there told me if I wanted real comedy, get a Bill Hicks CD. The only one they had was Rant in E Minor. The guy told me Denis had stolen Bill's material, some word for word, and some disguised. Since then I feel sick listening to Leary do Bill's material. I have to admit Leary is funny, but if you want the real deal, start listening to Hicks. If you are smart and take my advice DO NOT get the Best of Bill Hicks, because there is no best of Bill Hicks. Everything he says is genius.
"You have to admit beliefs are odd. A lot of Christians wear crosses around there neck to represent Jesus; do you think when Jesus comes back he's ever going to want to see a that [cross] agian?" - Bill on Christianity.
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Is Denis Leary listenable? Probably-- But when you can listen to the real thing, why would you settle for second best? Check out Bill Hicks' comedy albums-- or check out the book AMERICAN SCREAM (recent bio of Bill Hicks) which details the bits Leary stole from Hicks.
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By A Customer on May 21, 2002
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Wow... That's all I can say after listening to this CD. This CD has so much stolen material on it, that I doubt that Leary even bought the clothes that he was wearing on the cover photo. Almost everything that you hear on this was done by Bill Hicks -a much smarter, more inventive, way funnier comedian. It isn't just that Leary stole the bits - he virtually lifts them word for word. He also stole from several comedians in the Boston area that were of that time (mid 1980s). Even his ending bit - about how we only kill the cute animals was stolen... I know - I was around then. In buying this CD, I just had to hear for myself. Sure enough, it was a tremendous disapointment to hear several comedian's routines being paraded before me. Honestly, save your money and buy any of Bill Hick's CD's. They are MUCH MUCH FUNNIER, and worth far more.
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