Bill Hicks is the late comedic great who was the inspiration for many of today’s talent – though few of them have the stones to be as confrontational and ahead of his time as he was. (Some have tried by blatantly ripping off his material – here’s looking at you, Leary.) He was an intellectual, and some of his comedic pieces were more spoken word than him trying to be funny, and he was probably the best at showing and highlighting our dissonant idiosyncrasies and idiotic behaviour. When I read his book, he often talked about censorship and the effect the disappointment of censorship had on him. One of the worst blows was his network television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman, where he performed and network management pulled the piece from the broadcast for not meeting regulations of the standards and liabilities department. I just stumbled upon an episode of the Late Show in which his mother was a guest, Letterman apologised for the incident and they aired the piece that was pulled more than a decade before. Enjoy.