American: The Bill Hicks Story

Synopsis: Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.
Production: Variance Films
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

to a nightclub in Houston, Texas. "


We were strict.

We wanted to know where they were.

And we wanted to know

when they were going to get home.

And if they didn't give us the answer

we wanted, we told them what we wanted.

Bill and I talked about it

and he said, "We have to do it",

and I was like, "Absolutely."

The question was, "How are you gonna

get down there on a school night?"

When you're in Bill's bedroom looking out,

if you hop that fence, you are

in the parking lot of the Catholic church.

You could open the window,

but there also was a storm window,

and he became just very efficient at getting

that thing open and getting out that window.

You had to be quiet cos the roof

was right above where their kitchen was.

The evil Catholic boy

with his 14-year-old driver's licence

was sitting there

in the Catholic getaway wagon

ready to take the Baptist boy

down to the Comedy Store.

We'd never been in a nightclub,

but when we walked in it was like, "Whoal

The whole thing is set up for comedy. "

And there was chairs

and they were all pointed at the stage

and this was what it was all about.

We did the first few jokes

and it started working.

I think everybody

was very receptive to it

because they were like these little kids

trying to be a part of this adult world.

When Bill first started,

you could see Woody Allen.

He actually had the Woody Allen mannerisms

a bit. But that's not a bad thing.

If you keep doing it and

you don't grow out of it, that's a bad thing,

but you can tell when a comic first starts

who his influence may be.

Bill and I got off stage

and we were flying. We had done well.

It was beyond...

You know, the exhilaration was just...

It was just, here we go, we're real comics.

And then the shit hit the fan.

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