Divine Comedy: 25 Best Stand-Up Specials and Movies

From classic HBO specials to arena-comic concert flicks, these bits continue to crack us up

Load Previous

13. 'Bill Hicks: Relentless' (1992)

It's a special that's true to its name: The bespectacled, black-clad comic scrutinizes our hawkish government, right-wing religious institutions and prudish pop culture from a stage in Montreal — calm until something unbelievable prompts an outburst of righteous rage. His painfully clever excoriations of social shortsightedness and evaluations of missile-happy American soldiers in Gulf War I show off not only Hicks' skill and patience in executing jokes, but also his foresightedness: Swap in Dubya or Barack Obama's name for George H.W. Bush, and it would still stand. Another comic who died too young — at age 32, while fighting pancreatic cancer — Marc Maron remembered Hicks for Esquire when Relentless received a theatrical release earlier this year: "He was a misanthropic moralist, who did his best to get to the bottom of religious hypocrisy, moral hypocrisy, and societal hypocrisy. But he also made you laugh when he did it." ML

Back to Top