The stature of the Texan, who died of pancreatic cancer in , has grown and grown, with each posthumous DVD release or docu-hagiography stoking the legend of the fearless prophet-comic bellowing truth to power. It helped with the too-hot-to-handle mythology that Hicks was a prophet without honour in the US, where audiences stayed away and his final guest-slot on Late Night with David Letterman was cut. And it helped — morbidly enough — that he died at just
Early life and start in comedy
King of the Texas Outlaw comedians
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Cult Southern comic denounced Washington mendacity and corporate greed without fear in meteoric career tragically cut short by cancer at just Where do I send my list? Life is offensive. You know what I mean? Just get in touch with your outer adult.
His life was cut short at age 32 by pancreatic cancer , but in death his reputation swelled, and he was revered as one of the most accomplished and complex performers in the history of stand-up comedy, often likened to the ground-breaking Lenny Bruce. Hicks was the youngest of three children in a devout Southern Baptist family. His father, an executive with General Motors , moved the family to Florida , Alabama , and New Jersey before settling in the well-heeled Memorial section of Houston. There, as teenagers, Hicks and friend Dwight Slade shared an early interest in stand-up comedy. Much influenced by the stand-up routines of Woody Allen , they went to school on the comics whom they watched on The Tonight Show. At age 15 Hicks began sneaking out of his room at night through a window to appear onstage with Slade at a new comedy club, the Comedy Workshop. A comedic wunderkind, Hicks quickly established himself as an audience favourite in this adult world before his parents once again put a stop to his performing. He stayed behind in Houston to complete his senior year of high school when his parents relocated to Little Rock , Arkansas.