Bill Hicks was a comedian, though that term hardly describes the full range and impact of his work. Hicks used comedy a vehicle to express both rage and hope, to satirize what he saw as faulty in contemporary society and to promote his singular notion of a better world. Growing up in Houston, TX, Hicks began performing at the age of 15, and after earning a large and loyal following in Texas, he moved to L.A. and began working the comedy circuit nationwide. As Hicks maintained a punishing touring schedule (often performing 250 to 300 nights a year), he kept honing and refining his act, combining acidic political and social commentary with tales of his sexual obsessions, surreal visions of the world around him, and experiences with drugs. In 1990, Hicks performed in the United Kingdom for the first time, and there he became a star, though he failed to attract the same sort of audience in the United States. A few years later, Hicks seemed on the verge of a commercial breakthrough in America when he learned he had a rare and virulent form of cancer; he died on February 24, 1994, at the age of 32. Filmmaker Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas chronicle the life, art, and philosophy of a singular performer with the documentary American: The Bill Hicks Story. Featuring interviews with Hicks' closest friends and family members, the film uses digital animation to bring his standup routines to life and create a visual complement to his comedic vision. American: The Bill Hicks Story received its world premiere at the 2009 BFI London Film Festival.
30 Mins of Rare Clips including Unseen Performances and Footage from Bill's career; ; 3 Hours of Extended Interviews; Bill's Personal Audio Journals; Deleted and Alternate Scenes; ; Alternate Animation Sequences; Trailers & Audience Reactions; ; 1.5 Hours Of Featurettes: Austin SXSW Panel w/Bill's friends; Dominion Tour; Festivals in the US and UK w/the Hicks; ; Bill's Family visit Abbey Road; UK 15th Anniversary Tribute; Comedy School; Dwight in London; Making of Arizona Bay; The Ranch
Disc #1 -- American: The Bill Hicks Story 1. Opening Titles [2:37] 2. The Early Years [8:08] 3. Sneaking Out [3:51] 4. The Comix Annex [4:22] 5. Adventure in LA [7:23] 6. Return To Houston [3:09] 7. Drunk Years [7:14] 8. Ranch Tripping [9:26] 9. Going Sober In New York [5:15] 10. Sane Man [11:29] 11. HBO Television Beckons [10:13] 12. Success In The UK [1:14] 13. Diagnosis & Arizona Bay [6:57] 14. The Waco Incident [7:24] 15. The Last Letterman Show [2:57] 16. It's Just a Ride [4:37] Disc #2 -- American: The Bill Hicks Story 1. Early Annex Years [25:24] 2. Heading to LA [14:46] 3. Back in Houston with the Outlaw Comics [15:02] 4. The Dark Years [11:05] 5. Going Sober [11:38] 6. Performing in the UK [7:06] 7. Diagnosis [8:24] 8. Bill Tells His Friends [16:36] 9. Love, Laughter & Truth [11:05]
Disc #1 -- American: The Bill Hicks Story Play Scene Selection Extras Extras Extended Interviews Part 1 Play All Bill's Early Life Creating Characters School Years The Comedy Begins Featurettes Austin Panel at SXSW Dominion Tour Subtitles: On/Off Subtitles: On Subtitles: Off Disc #2 -- American: The Bill Hicks Story Extended Interviews Part 2 Play All Featurettes Festivals in UK & USA with the Hicks Hicks at Abbey Road Studios Kevin Shoots His Film In LA 15th Anniversary Tribute Comedy School Dwight In London Making Of Arizona Bay The Ranch Deleted Scenes Deleted Scenes The Older Kids Bill Calls Dwight Dangerfields Early Bill & Dwight Recording Ninja Bachelor Party Stress Tragic Love Lives Early & Alternative Scenes Early Scenes Houston House Mary & Jim Watch Bill Flying to New York Writing Jokes Alternative Scenes Last Ranch Trip Teenage Rebellion Wimberly Rare Clips Annex - Girls Annex - Eating Annex - Scary Movies Annex - Mom Comes To Town Funny Bone - UFO Indianapolis 1 - Dad's a Goober Indianapolis 2 - Jews Killed My Lord Outlaws Get Religion - Jesus Is Pissed Outlaws Get Religion - School Rivalry Sacramento - Housekeeping! Sane Man - Bill You Don't Fit In Sane Man - Non Smokers Spellbinders - In Hospital West Palm Beach - Childbirth West Palm Beach - Did God Make a Mistake Bill & Dwight - Bat & Ball Bill at Waco Ninja Bachelor Party Trailer Bill's Audio Journal Clips Bill Lonely In LA, 1981 Bill Leaves New York for LA, 1992 Rare Interview with Mick Doody, 1992 Audience Reactions Trailer Subtitles: On/Off Subtitles: On Subtitles: Off